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Tribeca Wine Merchants
Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
1, 2, 3 at Chambers St.
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Food & Wine describes owners Fred Shaw and Robert Grobleski as "wine bounty hunters" because of their ability to track down hard-to-find vintages for a swank clientele. Given the rep, it makes sense that this downtown shop is all done up in dark wood like a gentleman's club. Yet the implied hunting then acquiring of stellar vintages is not as Indiana-Jonesy as you might suspect. Much of the legwork consists of phone calls and e-mails to Europe for special orders of red burgundy like a bottle of 1947 Petrus ($6,000) or a 1929 Domaine Romanee-Conti ($15,000). These elite commissions shouldn't belittle your appreciation of the retail riches in stock: The front room displays bottles under $25 from lesser-known vintners handpicked by the duo and meeting the same standards applied to the top wines. Even so, oenophiles should head to the back enclosure, which stores prized wines sometimes in exclusive sizes: The Jeroboam 1971 La Tâche is equal to four regular bottles while eighteen-liter specialty bottles priced at $25,000 tend to move quickly because of their very irregularity.Tastings
Saturdays and many evenings bring open bottles and nibbles occasionally supplied by classy neighbors like Bouley and Nobu.