The latest count of such establishments stands at 237, 69 of which opened last year alone. This is according to a report in The Wall Street Journal which, now that Rupert Murdoch owns it, pays more attention to such human-scale news than under its predecessor regime. (One establishment cited is Bin 71 — seen at right — at 71st and Columbus in Manhattan.)
“There are wine bars that specialize in the wines of South Africa or the wines of Italy or only of France. There are wine bars that pour only organic selections — with a bit of proselytizing served alongside. There are wine bars where champagne is the focus (and the prices are accordingly high) and wine bars that refuse to serve any white wine but Riesling by the glass. There are wine bars that offer little more than pretzels or bar snacks and wine bars that serve steak dinners from menus so expansive they might as well be restaurants,” the WSJ says, “But the best part about wine bars — besides the wine — is the sense of intimacy they inspire, offering a glimpse of a neighborhood, a life.”
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