Run by a savvy industry veteran, The Art of Wine's a retail boutique, by-the-glass bar, and local artist showcase (see: the walls) whose mission's to provide both obscurities and known, fairly fancy labels, all in a space next to The Mercury that could only be classier if it was next to The Merkur. What they're stocking
Hard-to-Finders These range from unimpeachably fine bottles like a D66 granache from the land of paternity tests (Maury, Povich... no, France) and Exem Bordeaux (unique for its ripe fruit notes), to who-knew-these-guys-were-so-classy bottles including offerings from just-into-stores Switzer Family Vineyards, and Drew Bledsoe's Doubleback -- a reference to any team Bledsoe QB'd needing to use two backs in pass protection
Mid-High End Stalwarts: Everything from Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose (a Champagne that's 43% chardonnay, 57% pinot noir and pinot meunier) to Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, featured in Bottle Shock, an Alan Rickman movie chronicling a 1970s grape evangelist named Steven Spurrier, who must've known better than anyone that after too much wine, it's never wise to Fun 'n Gun
They're also using their marble bar to dispense gratis samples for potential retail purchasers. If what you want's not there, they'll scour the Earth for it, and they'll deliver orders to your door, so you don't have to hop in your Fiesta to stock up for your... fiesta.
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