theloniouszen wrote:...has all the wood paneling, signage, and clientele of a small-town of an IGA..had a lot of character!
That phrase doesn't put me off quite as much as it would in a real estate ad, but still… The dustscape/detritus ecosystem living atop the coolers is a little more down-home topography than I care to reckon with when I'm shopping for food. But go I do, remembering to cast my eyes downward.
As for wine, Woodman's and Jenifer Street Market take the same approach: a gazillion wines but nothing to choose from. Either the distributor is choosing their wines for them, based on what the distributor wants to unload, or the buyer is picking willy-nilly from the recommendations of some supermarket trade mag. That's too bad, because -- with their buying power -- they could be a multi-state destination for good wines. In the meantime, I can recommend Cork N' Bottle on Johnson (tiny). Steve's is very good, too, but rarely a bargain. Both places do well in terms of blather. That is, there's very little of it.
I think Jenifer Street does so much better with beers because there's genuine interest and because the local microbrew options are execeptionally good.