Very few shops achieve the neighborhood atmosphere that's embodied at In Fine Spirits, Andersonville's ultra-friendly wine shop. Owners Shane and Jill Kissack married at a Michigan winery in 2001 and spent the next few years immersing themselves in the delightful drink, then recruited a number of local architects, designers and craftsman (including Jill's dad and cousin) to develop their shop's warm look and feel.
The brightly lit storeroom features dark wood shelves, which contrast with the light hardwood floor. On the left, you'll find liquor, sparkling wines and smaller bottles, with most of the wine waiting like sitting ducks on the right. Wine is organized by varietal, rather than country, and 60 percent of the merchandise costs less than $20. In the middle of the store is the $12 and under table, which will be expanding.
The Kissacks' goal is to take the mystery out of wine, something they do the second a customer walks into the store, greeting the visitor and discussing flavor and taste. Education without fussiness is the vibe, and to that end, In Fine Spirits frequently offers free tastings on Saturday afternoons, as well as reasonably priced classes (most at $25).
In the spring of 2008, the Kissacks opened In Fine Spirits Lounge next door, offering classic cocktails, wine flights, handcrafted beers and more.
Centerstage Reviewer: Stephanie Kuenn