Posted Mar 13th, 2019 in Retail Roundup
If you’re looking for a friendly, eclectic, neighborhood wine shop, look no further than Wilmington Wine in the 600-block of Castle Street. Park close by or ride the free trolley through Downtown and leave your troubles behind as you enter this cozy haven.
Inside, wine racks line one wall of the shop, with artwork from local artists displayed throughout the space. The racks, filled with boutique wines from around the world, extend back to a space that is used to host musicians and artists. Beyond, there is a deck that is used for outdoor entertainment throughout the long summer months.
Whether visiting for the wine or the entertainment, people come from all over to enjoy the “Cheers” feel of this neighborhood locale. The owner, John Wilse, is a former restaurateur who made his mark with restaurants in New Orleans and New York City. He has traveled widely and experienced different cultures. During the years he lived in Thailand, John was impressed by the familiar warmth and hospitality there. This is what he wants for his customers—to feel welcome, relax among friends and enjoy the good times.
For John, wine is something of a family affair. His family loves art, music and wine and he was inspired by his grandfather who had a penchant for the great things in life. John’s father also ran the first wine shop in Wilmington—the Grape and Hop shop.
Wilmington Wine has been going strong for four years and John enjoys sharing his knowledge with customers to help with wine pairings.
If you’re new to the wine scene, show up on Fridays for the free wine tastings or take advantage of events like Wax and Wine Wednesdays to spin some vinyl. Look out for twice-monthly live music, wine and cheese tastings and pot luck brunches to fully appreciate everything Wilmington Wine has to offer.
Hours: Tues – Thurs, noon – 9:00 p.m., Fri, noon – 10:00 p.m., Sat, noon – 8:00 p.m. Sun, noon – 6:00 p.m. Mon – closed.
605 Castle St
Wilmington, NC 28401