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Wine Guide 2014: The Grapevine 

Wine shops in the New Orleans area

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Just as new restaurants keep opening in New Orleans, wine shops also are proliferating. In recent years. Wine shops catering to different clienteles have opened in the Warehouse District and Faughborg Marigny. Below are some of the new and established wine shops in the area.

Second Vine Wines
1027 Touro St., (504) 304-4453
  In the few months since opening, Second Vine Wine has created a buzz in the neighborhoods of Treme, Marigny and Bywater. Owners/partners Troy Gant and Louis Keyes have worked for top international companies in the wine and spirits field for more than a decade, and they put those connections to work when opening the shop in the Marigny Triangle.

  "Our goal is to make our customers feel comfortable whether they come in for a moscato or a barolo," Gant says. "In addition, we want to educate them, whether it's just by pointing out a wine region on the wall maps to share the provenance of the wine or something more."

  Second Vine also operates as a wine bar and has craft beers as well.

Faubourg Wines
2805 St Claude Ave., (504) 342-2217
  Faubourg Wines owner Catherine Markel got into the wine business accidentally, she says.

  After Hurricane Katrina, "My career was sidelined, I had a place to live but no job," Markel says. "This little wine shop opened and I became the lone employee."

  Faubourg Wines focuses on affordable, low-production wines. The store strives to carry at least 100 bottles costing less than $15, and there is a selection of wines by the glass for $5. Faubourg also delivers wine orders.

  Markel lives two blocks from the store and has made it part of her neighborhood.

  "In just a year I know I've introduced many people to wine," Markel says. "I think we've created a very strong sense of community and that's what I really love about the store. Wine is the great unifier."

Bin 428
2801 Magazine St., (504) 269-6200
  At Bin 428, Candace Latter put experience at the Creole grande dame Tujague's to work when she opened the business in early fall 2013.

  "Because my family is rooted in the hospitality and restaurant industry, I am accustomed to listening to what my patrons want and responding to those requests," Latter says.

  "Because Bin 428 is a boutique, we can easily offer the products and the level of service desired by the customer."

  The shop offers a variety of styles, including selections from popular wine-producing regions of France and California, among its roughly 500 bottles. It also offers liquor.

Keife & Co.
801 Howard Ave., (504) 523-7272
  Keife & Co. opened nearly two years ago in the Warehouse District. The team of John Keife, wife Aimee Keife and Jim Yonkus put together an emporium that has gained a following with its uncommon, small-producer bottlings, gourmet deli food and wine tastings.

  The space gets an Old World feel thanks to the period building and savvy design. The store offers a selection of wines, spirits, craft beers, bartending tools and fine cheeses and chocolates and cured meats.

Swirl Wine Bar and Market
3143 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 304-0635
  Beth Ribblet and Kerry Tully opened Swirl Wine Bar and Market in Mid-City in early 2006 and it has grown steadily.

  "We had our best year yet in 2013," Ribblet says. "But 2014 is off to an even better start than last year. With all the new wine shops opening, that's proof to me that the New Orleans wine scene is finally coming around."

  Ribblet has tried to make Swirl a place to experience wine and learn about it, with a wine bar, wine tastings and other culinary events. Wine offerings are grouped not by region but by characteristics and styles. Twenty-five are available by the glass.

Martin Wine Cellar
714 Elmeer Ave., (504) 896-7300; 3500 Magazine St., (504) 894-7420; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-8081
  Martin Wine Cellar recently announced it will rebuild a 14,000-square-foot store at the site of its original shop Uptown. The store at 3827 Baronne St. was shuttered following Hurricane Katrina.

  "The Baronne Street store is being rebuilt and if the schedule holds, it will reopen later this year," says CEO Dave Gladden.

  Martin Wine Cellar originally opened in 1946, and it expanded to a location in Metairie in 1989. The Metairie shop has a deli and offers cheeses, gourmet foods and gifts.

Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket
125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-0593
  Adam Acquistapace is proud that his family has been in the grocery business since 1963. The Northshore store expanded its spirits offerings in 2000 and offers 2,000 spirit selections, almost 1,000 different beers and nearly 3,000 wine labels.


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