City stories: Martin Riofrio, 48; Jackson Heights, Queens

An interview with a 48-year-old New Yorker: “Wine is an art form, and it’s also adventurous”

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When did you start working here?
I’ve worked at Table Wine (79-14 37th Avenue at 79th Street, Jackson Heights, Queens) since we opened in 2009. I’ve known the owner, Ernesto, for about 15 years.

What do you think of this neighborhood?
It’s great. There are old-school tenants, but a lot of young families are moving in. That’s a decent portion of our clientele—people priced out of Brooklyn.

What do you like about wine?
It’s an art form, and it’s also adventurous. It reveals something about person [choosing it]. If you’re buying wine for your father’s 75th birthday, you have to think, what kind of life has he lived?

How would you describe yourself, if you were a wine?
A medium-bodied red with some softer, fruit-forward notes, and hopefully a little bit of length in the finish. Something that can last a little while and has some pleasantness to it. That would be nice.


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