February 11, 2009
By Angela Patterson
WINE AND SPIRITS
Grace’s Plaza Wine and Spirits’ general manager Daryl Gibbs shares some wine picks:
“Everyone’s loving the Seven Daughters Red Winemaker’s Blend ($14.99). We’ve already sold out of it a couple of times.
“Also, the Shiraz-Mourvedre-Viognier blend from South African winemaker The Wolftrap has also been very popular ($12.99).”
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“The Boxhead Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($10.99) is great with anything off the grill.
Deen de Bortoli Petit Verdot 2006 ($10.99) is ideal for barbecue. And the Cono Sur Sauvignon Blanc 2007 ($13.99) is a great aperitif wine, or would be good paired with a salad. The acidity of the wine would stand up well to the acidity of a salad dressing.”
More than 475 people attended the Grace's Plaza Wine and Spirits grand opening Jan. 31, officially ushering in a third liquor store to the Green Hills area.
Attendees tried samples of 75 wines and beers as well as food from local restaurants. Store owner Pietsie Desai personally donated more than $1,700 to the Rob Bironas Fund and Community Nashville.
With the grand opening behind them, the store and its staff are now focused on becoming Green Hills residents' go-to spot for wine, liquors and high-gravity beers.
Despite difficulties in getting permits to open the store — a lawsuit challenging its certificate of compliance was eventually dismissed — general manager Daryl Gibbs said business had been good since its opening in December.
"We really want to create a shop with an atmosphere geared toward customer service," Gibbs said. "We've made the aisles wider, and placed wine in specific groupings. Customers have really liked the layout of the store."
Custom woodwork, shelving and wine racks, coupled with four chandeliers from the original Grace's Shop for Ladies in downtown Nashville, give the place a more traditional feel. The store is divided into several areas: The Royal Mile Scotch and Ale Den, The Old World Wine Hall, The Wine Cellar and The Wine Niche.
No one item has been flying off the shelf, but thanks to the cigar shop next door, Gibbs said, the small-batch bourbons and aged rums have been particularly popular.
Grace's also has made an effort to offer items at all price points.
"The prices go where the wine takes us," Gibbs said. "We've got everything from $5 to $600. We're conscious of the way the economy's going, so we do have a lot of good values for under $20. But if we came across a good wine (higher in price), then we still chose to have it."
With our selection, we're just going to have fun. … We're not really worried about what other stores are doing."