Fermented Grapes

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Prospect Heights
Though there’s no shortage of liquor stores in this neighborhood, few are quite as inviting as this small shop, which opened in 2004. Searching for the perfect bottle of vino is easy: The stock is broken up into different regions (California, France, Italy, etc.), with a fair amount of organic and biodynamic wines represented. You’ll also find a well-curated selection from local producers, including North Fork vintners Macari Vineyards, as well as a selection of wine glasses ($6–$10) to pour them in. Oeneophiles can brush up on their tipple of choice by picking up a copy of Karen Macneil’s The Wine Bible ($18.50) or Oz Clarke’s Encyclopedia of Grapes ($37.50). Stop by during one of the weekly tastings, held on Wednesday (6–8pm) and Saturday (5–7pm) for gratis pours and 10 percent off the featured bottles.
Venue name: Fermented Grapes
Address: 651 Vanderbilt Ave

Cross street: Park and Prospect Pls
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–9pm; Fri noon–10pm; Sat 10am–10pm
Transport: Subway: B, Q to Seventh Ave (Flatbush Ave); 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza
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