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“It’s hard for people to spend $20 on a bottle of wine every day,” Manny Correa explains of the down-market selection at Allman, the southside Williamsburg wine shop that he owns with his childhood friend Alex Echevarria. (“Allman” is an amalgam of the pair’s first names.) Of the 250 or so vintages lining the three narrow aisles, under a flamboyant mural of the sky painted by Echevarria’s brother, the vast majority cost less than $10; only a handful are more than $20. The odd $250 Dom Pérignon from 1998, behind glass alongside a few similarly immodest choices, can seem out of place a few steps across the well-worn plank floor from family-size jugs of Carlo Rossi and Manischewitz. More typical are Terra Única, an oaky Spanish Tempranillo blend, and Montepulciano D’Abluzzo, a light Italian wine that Correa says makes a fine table red in a pinch. Sure, Trader Joe’s has about the same quality at about the same prices—but then you’d have to go to Manhattan.