The other evening I ran into Maureen Rubino, who used to work at the Grapevine Travelers wine store in Medford. Maureen is a very personable woman, with a true passion for wine. She had excellent news, that she was involved in opening a new boutique wine store, Central Bottle, in Central Square, Cambridge.
Central Bottle is a collaboration between four friends: Maureen Rubino and her husband David Rubino & Liz Vilardi and her husband Nick Zappia, who are co-owners of The Blue Room restaurant.
Their website states: "Our focus is on small production, handcrafted, sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines from all over the world. We intend to feature high quality wines that offer great value from responsible producers and offer a well-chosen selection of microbrew/craft beers. And tasty cicchetti and gourmet food items."
One night a week, the store will also become a wine bar, where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine with some home-made food. The store will also have frequent tastings, as well as events with guest chefs. Central Bottle is currently scheduled to open on October 15, though that is subject to change.
I am excited about this opening as I think this could truly be an excellent, wine lover's destination. Maureen certainly possesses a strong passion for wine, and she selected many choice, artisan wines when she worked for Grapevine Travelers. I will certainly stop by this store soon after it opens and will report back when I do.
196 Massachusetts Ave.