Strawberry Street Vineyard Gets a Makeover

Strawberry Street is perhaps the cutest little street in Richmond and it just got a little bit cuter.  Strawberry Street Vineyard has been on the block for many years and served as great drop in spot to pick up a bottle for evening dinner.  The shop recently changed ownership and underwent a little renovation and updating.

The redecorated space still focusses on value wines from all over the world with an emphasis on California and France.  There are a few gems in here to take note of.

 

2010 Cheverny, Le Petit Chambord, François Cazin, $16. Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.

2009 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie “Clos des Allées” Vieilles Vignes, Pierre Luneau-Papin, $15.  Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.

Two great, chuggable Loire Valley whites that offer freshness and versatility.

2003 Chateau Camplazens “La Garrigue”, $17. Imported by Boutique Vineyards.

La Garrigue is a typical blend of Syrah and Grenache and comes from the top of La Clape, a sub-appellation of Coteaux du Languedoc which overlooks the Mediterranean sea.  This wine has some bottle age and offers some relaxed, mineral laden fruit and a earthy, herbal bouquet.  A good value from a solid producer.

The Burgundy section is small but has a few home runs.

2009 Thierry & Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Blanc, $19.  Imported by Vineyard Brands

This pure and focussed white Burgundy comes from 30 years old vines just right outside of Meursault.  Meant for early consumption.

2009 Domaine Hubert Chavy-Chouet “Les Saussots” Bourgogne Blanc, $22. Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.

Also from outside Meursalt, a bit broader and richer than the Matrot.  Again this is a wine to drink early but can stand some years in a cool cellar.

I picked up some fresh blush wine hoping to get over the winter.

2010 Domaine Bellevue Touraine Rose. $10, Imported by Elite Wines.

The 2010 Rose’s are starting to hit our shelves.  Domaine Bellevue is pretty Loire Valley classic, offering up that charming green pepper tartness that is commonly associated with the region.  I think this wine and other new pink releases can probably benefit from a few more weeks of relaxation before they completely come together.

Strawberry Street Vineyard still has a solid cheese program and they also carry the famous “Billy Bread”.  A great spot to stop in after a Fan sidewalk stroll, grab a flick from Fan Video and a meatball sub from 8 1/2.  The wine shop doesn’t seem to be temperature controlled and the fancier, age worthy wines of Barolo, Barbaresco, Burgundy, Brunello di Montalcino, Bordeaux are all stored upright.  I would stick to the fresh stuff that is displayed on the floor in wood crates.  Join their mailing list to find out about tastings and wine events.

Strawberry Street Vineyard

407 Strawberry St.

Richmond, VA 23220

804-355-1839

Strawberry Street Vineyard is now owned by Emily Jones and her mother Maria.  Emily was employed by Belmont Butchery before purchasing the wine shop.

The shop which used to be run by Henry Reidy has just joined forces (by marriage) with Tanya Cauthen of Belmont Butchery. Together they are starting up a mobile food service business that will bring grass fed burgers and other meat products to the masses.  You can follow them at First Fridays, look for them next to Quirk Gallery.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Strawberry Street Vineyard Gets a Makeover”

  1. katy Says:

    Dear Henry,

    My name is Katy Jones, I am your new executive sales agent with Simons N Cellars.
    If you need some wine from us or if you have questions, please let me know.
    We carry some Virginia’s wine : Bleinheim

    Thanks,
    Katy

  2. Joanna Says:

    Hi there,
    I can’t wait to visit this shop:) my brother is new the new renter in the above space and I’m a family/lifestyle/wine blogger who is so excited to stop in and pick up some new wines to try;) thanks for sharing this!

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