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Vine + Table: Online Wine with A Bottle or Two

Vine + Table: Online Wine with A Bottle or Two
Shopping for wine just got simpler thanks to A Bottle or Two's easy-to-use online tools. Our food and wine columnist shares how you can become your own sommelier.


We've all experienced it before: You walk into a favorite boutique or specialty store and within seconds, a commission-minded salesperson pounces on you with the fury of a lion. Nothing ruins a shopping experience more than this. If they would just leave you alone, you could relax, mill around, possibly find the perfect outfit or gift, but instead you feel invaded, rushed and forced into purchases you didn't intend.

 

Shopping for wine is no different. But thankfully, A Bottle or Two Owner David Pustinger had the vision to empower his shoppers with online and in-store tools designed to make individuals the experts of their own wine selections.

 

Pustinger calls his business the "Barnes & Noble" of wine stores, where browsing is encouraged, space is comfortable and if customers prefer, they can shop online without leaving the creature comforts of home or office.


"Customers know what they like. Our goal is to provide tools that help them narrow down their options without feeling overwhelmed by the selection — or the salespeople," says Pustinger, who opened the store in 2009.

 

"Wine Advisor" is a licensed online and in-store software that guides guests to the right wine based on varietal, taste, food pairing and price. Internet shoppers can browse the store's 300-plus label inventory, which includes wine descriptions prepared by a master Sommelier. An employee then gathers your online order and calls you when it is ready for pickup.

 

The concept is perfect for wine and beer lovers who are simply too busy to spend time during store hours finding the wines they like or who just want a quick in-and-out shopping experience.

 

Online shoppers ultimately will need to visit the store to purchase their wine, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Located in Montgomery at 11920 Montgomery Road, A Bottle or Two operates with an alcohol or service license, allowing guests to cozy up to the bar or sip and shop at their leisure while enjoying a taste or glass of one of 15 featured red and white wines.

 

For the in-store connoisseur, the "Wine Advisor" tool is available at a self-help kiosk. Simply select your criteria and the electronic advisor will provide you a list of wines and their location on the shelf.

 

If you're not allergic to hops like me, you'll enjoy their incredible selection of craft beers, from Belgian, brown ale, amber ale, pale and English pale, fruity, and of course India Pale Ale (otherwise known as IPA). There is an official "Beer Guy" on staff and a "Brew-ru" online to answer all of your questions.

 

A Bottle or Two is open on Monday from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Formal wine tastings are every Friday at 7 p.m. Private tastings also are offered by appointment. The store focuses on well-organized, quality wines, situated in a relaxed atmosphere by price point and color. Visit their Web site for a complete list of upcoming tastings and events at ABottleOrTwo.com.

Terrah Kocher -

Terrah Kocher is the food and wine columnist for Cincy Chic and owner of TK PR & Marketing in Cincinnati, specializing in online marketing for small businesses, non-profits and gourmet food and wine stores.  Contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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