Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This is a guest post from the author of Bloviatrix, an excellent Boston area wine blog. Please visit her blog to see my answer to a similar question: "3 Reasons Why The Hingham Wine Merchant is a Great Place to Buy Wine"
Groton Market, located on Route 119 (Great Road) in Groton, MA, is a great little wine shop for the following reasons:
Careful Selection of Quality Wines
The store has a good selection of wines, mostly from small producers, from most of the more popular wine producing regions, and quite often with good ratings from International Wine Cellar, Wine Spectator, or Wine Advocate, which are helpfully posted. As a consumer, I like that information posted clearly.
Thoughtful Selection of Price Points and Sale Items
The store features at various price points 2-Fer sale bins, Featured White Wines, Featured Red Wines, items on sale on End Caps, and regular sale items in inventory. I assume the 2-Fer sale bins are the most popular with most consumers, but even the cheapest offerings there that are 2-For $12.99 represent good quality.
How many wine shops do you know that will accept returns? This shop accepts returns on opened or unopened bottles, if you are unhappy.
Friendly and Helpful Staff
I always have a nice time chatting with J.P., owner John, and the other people who work there. They also know their inventory, and their stuff. Quite often there is a bottle open to taste.
Proximity to Filho's Cucina
The shop is actually attached to and flows through to a very nice Italian restaurant called Filho's Cucina, which conveniently has a BYOB policy. The shop is also attractively airy and sunny, and although small, doesn't feel too cramped.
Next to Filho's Cucina:
I also want to mention that the shop has a very good selection of craft beers, although that is not really my bag.