Koshu tasting held at Uni. One of the hosts of the tasting was Yoko Ota, a very pleasant and passionate woman who also works at Winestone, a wine store in Chestnut Hill, located not far from Urban Grape. I had never visited the store before and it sounded interesting, so one of my goals for 2011 was to visit the store and I recently did exactly that.
As you drive down Route 9, you will see a bright yellow sign "Winestone, Unique Wine Experience" and just after the sign you can turn right into a parking lot, which is shared with Starbucks. Winestone is owned by Patrick Dubsky, who used to work at Rialto as a sommelier, wine director and general manager. I met Patrick, who seems very nice and not pretentious in the least. And I love what he has created in Winestone, as it is the type of wine store I really enjoy.
Locally, Adonna and Hurley are also well respected and I am a fan of both importers. I have probably enjoyed 99% of the wines brought in by Adonna Imports, who primarily import Italian wines. Cynthia Hurley primarily brings in French wines, including some delicious Loire, Burgundy, Rhone and much more. Few other wine stores emphasize importers in their own displays, though I think it is a great and innovative way to help consumers find wines they will enjoy.
2008 Poderi Zanusso Sant'Andrat Rosso. I am always glad to see the better wine stores willing to carry boxed wines, especially as there are some excellent boxed wines now available.
Complimentary wine tastings are held every Saturday, from 12pm-5pm, and you can check out their list of upcoming tasting themes.
This is a spot that all wine lovers should visit. A great selection, reasonable prices, weekly tastings, and obviously a store that was founded on a passion for wine. This is not a store afraid to hand sell their wines, or to introduce their customers to new and less common wines. If I had been going straight home after my visit, I easily could have bought a case of various wines that interested me. Unfortunately, I was going to be out for most of the rest of the day and didn't want the wines to sit in a freezing trunk for eight or so hours. But I will be returning here soon to restock my wine cellar.
1160 Boylston Street (Route 9)
Chestnut Hill, MA