My neighborhood wine shop, 3 Parks has figured out a secret to success: offer alcohol in bulk while making it fun, stylish and cost effective. Inspired by European markets where customers come in with milk jugs and wine jugs and fill from barrels, the owners decided to offer the same service with their wines. They're calling it Village Wine and it's living up to its name. The people have responded in a big way.
Co-owner Sarah Pierre says that since bringing in their draft machine and custom bottles, Village Wine now makes up half of their business. They offer two sizes; 32 oz and 64 oz. (The 32 oz holds one bottle's worth of wine plus one big extra glass. For the 64 ounce, expect 2.5 bottles worth.)
Every time you walk in 3 Parks, expect to find 4 different wines on tap: 2 whites, 2 reds. The price points will always stay the same. (see top pic for prices) Sarah explained they like to offer two opposite whites like a Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. For the reds, she'll offer one big red and one light, for instance on tap yesterday was a Pinot Noir and a Cab. (you can sample before you commit too)
The other great thing is the bottles can be used over and over. Every time you come in to fill up, your bottle will be exchanged for a newly sanitized one. They put care in the design of their glass bottles too. Sarah, "We just wanted it to look good on your counter." I'd say they've succeeded.
If you're in the Atlanta area, come check out 3 Parks and purchase your first bottle. (These also make the perfect hostess gift) I'm so happy to have them within walking distance... does this make me a villager? I've always liked the sound of that.
Photos and Content: Sweet Peach