By Mary DAWSON
Do you want some adventure in your life, something new? Walk down to the 2400 block of Honolulu Avenue. There are new things going on. The Black Cow is in the 2200 block, my store is in the 2300 block, The Wine Cave is in the 2400 block. So often I have had people come in and say, “I never knew this was here. I never thought to cross the street.” There are three blocks composing The Montrose Shopping Park. This spring make it your goal to check out all three. When you do you will discover The Wine Cave (2427 Honolulu Ave.). Owned by Scott Starkey, The Wine Cave opened in November. Some of you may know Scott from his restaurant Milano’s in Glendale. When he lost his lease there he decided to do something new that he was passionate about.
Ninety-five percent of the wines you will find at The Wine Cave you will not find in other stores. Why? Because they are small production, gourmet, boutique wines. Did you know there are over 4000 wineries just in the state of California alone? The Wine Cave specializes in hard to find boutique wines from the Paso Robles region. If you do find them elsewhere Steve says you will probably pay a lot more than you do at TWC. Prices here are very reasonable. Most bottles are in the $15-$30 range. They also carry good wines in the $8-$10 range, too. Now here is something new to try in Montrose. On a nice evening stroll on down to TWC and do a tasting. Depending on the wines, a three flight tasting will run you $8 -$15. Relax, enjoy yourself, and meet your neighbors. Doesn’t that sound like fun?! Here’s another great idea: Buy a bottle of wine at TWC and take it across the street to DiFranco’s to enjoy with your Italian dinner. There is no corkage fee at DiFranco’s.
The Wine Cave is open Monday – Friday from noon ‘til 10 and Saturday from 2 – 11 ish. You will find the two wine experts Scott and resident sommelier Doug Simmons on hand to help with your selections. On Friday, March 12 at 5:00 pm they will be celebrating their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce. A donation of $2 from every bottle sold will be made to The Glendale Center For The Arts and The Alex Theater. When you buy a case of wine you get 10% off.
Have you joined Facebook yet? It’s free and The Montrose Shopping Park and so many of our businesses are on there. When you become a FB fan of TWC you will find out about all the special events they do, tastings, artists featured, etc. Please tell Scott you read about him here at the Crescenta Valley Weekly.