How much has
Fort Greene changed? Ten years ago, liquor stores kept their
bottles behind bulletproof Plexiglas. Now the houses sell for
a million dollars a piece, the streets are lined with bistros
and there are wine shops with easy access to the goods.
Greene Grape, the neighborhood’s first boutique wine shop, opened
in April. Amy Bennett, a six-year resident of the area, stocks
estate bottles from small, international producers.
"I want to make wine accessible by educating our customers,"
she told GO Brooklyn. Each bottle comes with a description of
the grapes and a recommendation for food pairing. On Saturdays,
from 4 to 6 pm, Bennett holds wine tastings.
Something to go with Sunday dinner? Greene Grape stays open on
Sunday for that last-minute bottle. There’s a play area with
toys in the corner, so it’s kid friendly, too.
Of her unique stock Bennett says, "It’s my passion. People
come in and say, ’Thank you, for opening.’ Knowing they share
my love for wine - it’s just great."
The Greene Grape (765 Fulton St. between South Portland Avenue
and South Oxford Street) accepts American Express, MasterCard
and Visa. Bottles: $9-$24. Closed Mondays. For information, call
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010