Tannins and Tunes, Venus Magazine

Vin and Tonic: (l to r) Rod Stewart, David Bowie and Elton John, consumed by wine. (PHOTO: Patrick J. Eves)

Step inside, and you’ll likely hear Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest, Fela-Kuti-style Afro beat group, Daktaris, or the Blue Oyster Cult playing in the background at given time. Two bottom shelves house rows of vinyl records, tees hang tacked up to a cork board near the designated merch table, and black and white photographs of rock stars drinking wine through the ages decorate the walls. This isn’t your average NYC record shop.

Vinyl Wine is everything the name describes, and it’s uptown—way uptown. Opened in 2009 by wine connoisseur Mike Cesari and friend Michael Faircloth, a musician who earned his wine education at an Austin, Texas wine bar and in Napa Valley wineries, the Harlem shop sells organic and small production bottles from around the world, all under $30. Read entire story

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~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on October 9, 2010.

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