of creative energy and entrepreneurial
energy down here,” he says. On the retail
side, a wide range of wines dominates
(including a strong showing under $25),
but there is also a careful selection of dry
goods, including pastas, olive oils, and
other delicacies ranging from Vermont
cider jelly to Portuguese sardines. Local
baked goods flank a cheese case from
which you can taste before cheesemongers
cut pieces to order. Charcuterie and other
meaty delights make it easy to put together an impressive summer picnic.
The wine bar, set off from the shop
by windowed walls, has a rustic-chic feel
with hand-painted Mexican tile and an
1805 wooden workbench from Starks-
boro transformed into a wine decanting
station. Chef Max Mackinnon, who pre-
viously worked with Zuliani at Pistou,
where he earned a James Beard Founda-
tion nod, juggles a roster of small plates
to complement wine. Like in Europe,
Zuliani explains, “you eat a little, drink a
little, and then eat a little more.”
Put yourself in the hands of the able
staff. They might suggest starting with a
bubbly glass of Moncuit blanc de blancs
with the mussel and salsa verde toast or
sautéed artichokes with tuna sauce and
preserved lemon. Then perhaps one of
Zuliani’s favorite white Burgundies with
Mckinnon’s sublimely smooth chicken
liver mousse. Finish with the house
sourdough flatbread dipped into piquant
romesco and briny whipped feta, paired
with a fresh but earthy Italian nebbiolo.
It’s nearly as good as a trip to Europe. A
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