So Wine Authorities is currently in soft opening. They're not advertising right now, but I figure those who read this board are likely invested enough in wine to find this significant and intelligent enough to understand that what you may see at the store now is not evocative of what it will will be.
With that said, I'm already very impressed based on my visit today. Things aren't finished as of yet, but the place seems to have struck a good balance between laid back, quirky, and informative. I had a nice conversation with Craig this afternoon and he gave me a rundown of what to expect. I like the store's focus on small, value-oriented estate producers. While my budget for wine is pretty much value-driven overall, this place has a diverse selection and nothing you look at will induce too severe a case of sticker shock.
A couple things to look forward to: fun yet informative classes taught by guys who seem to know what they're talking about; a wine dispensing machine from Italy that will automatically pour tastes, half-glasses, and glasses of eight types of wine. I'm very excited about this place.
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