Sunday, January 6, 2013

First Impression: Wakefield Wine Cellar





By Dathan Kazsuk | Jan 6, 2013
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I was on the way back home from a trip to Lowe’s in Wake Forest. We just bought some paint for the master bedroom – 2013 is the year of home improvement – at least in our household.

Heading down New Falls of Neuse my wife and I decided to finally check out the new wine shop, Wakefield Wine Cellar

Nestled between a Dunkin’ Donuts and a Kerr drugs, I wondered how this place would do. It’s also located a mile or two between a couple established wine shops (Wine 101 in Wake Forest, and Uncorked in Raleigh in Falls River). But thinking that this new wine shop can pull from the residence of TPC Wakefield and surrounding condos, they might do well.

Wakefield Wine Cellar was getting ready
for a Football party between Packer
and Viking fans when we arrived.
Upon entering the shop you are impressed with the ambiance of the wine bar. The stone facade around the walls. The rich wall length drapes. The dimly-lit store with ample seating – be it tables or leather sofas. There’s even a stone fireplace that greets you as soon as you come in the front door.

We were greeted by one of the employees after taking a seat at the bar, and placed our order. I ordered a Fat Tire Snow Day, and Jen a glass of Malbec.

The store has 8-beers on draft, as well as a selection of beers by the bottle. As far as wine goes, the store has 16 different wines courtesy of a wine station. By now most people know the concept of these: you purchase your card from the wine shop and put money on it, so you can sample any wine you want with a quick slide of your card. From there you can purchase a taste, half or full glass of wine. 

A full glass of wine here is 5-oz, so just keep that in mind. I know a lot of other places consider that a “full” glass as well, but in my book a 6-oz pour is a “full” glass.

As far as food goes, they have a small selection of tapas items to try. BBQ chicken with pink onions and lemon cloud; Ceviche de Camarones; goat cheese; marinated olives and even chocolate truffles with a hint of guajillo chili and butter almonds.

The make or break for this store will be customer service. We had rather decent customer service when we were there. I’ve been to wine shops where the owner goes out of his way to help you out, to other wine shops where the owner goes out of his way (literally hiding in the back of the store once you enter). One store I still go to. One I have a moratorium on.