comestible | | Sep 25, 2010 02:13 PM

A small wine shop opened nearby a few months ago. It’s great for the neighborhood and very convenient. It’s tiny though, smaller than a one-car garage. Prices for most bottles are in the $10-20 range, with most $12-16.

On the positive side, the owners are enthusiastic, helpful, and explain their wines. The interior and displays are pleasant. The owners follow their own drummer in selection: no mass producers here. Small wineries I’d never heard of.

Of course, their selection is small. I estimate about a dozen reds and dozen whites with a couple of roses and sparklers to round out things.

It is a curious selection. Only one French red (Bordeaux) and one French white (Muscadet). Maybe one or two Californians. Germany, Australia, Argentina, and New York State are the bulk of their offerings. A couple of Italians and S. Africans.

While admirable that they are following their own tastes, I am finding their tastes don’t line up well with mine. I’ve had a couple of truly good whites, but honestly I personally find something missing, or peculiar, in many of their offerings. Or, let’s say I can find much better $12 wines in another store a bit further away.

Should a store offer some wines a bit outside the taste preferences of its owners? I wonder what experienced wine drinkers would make of the place. I will continue to patronize them, and want to see them do well, but wonder if it would be appropriate to talk to them about their selection.

And perhaps I need to give them more time in business before squawking too much!

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