Joshua Boissy and business partner Kriztof Zizka raise their glasses in Hobart.
Boissy, 37, launched Cellar Door Wines & Spirits at 575 East Main St. in Hobart in early June.
While the refurbished specialty store represents a pandemic-inspired project, his foodservice and wine industry know-how spans decades.
“Christophe and I own five restaurants and a consulting firm in New York City, have been in business together for years, and I bought (real estate) upstate,” he said. . “His mom bought the farm next door to mine, which is right by the wine shop. When I bought the building early in COVID, it sat for years and has been in business for decades. No. It was built in 1850 and was across the street when it was built, and although it was moved to its current location when the bridge was built in the early 1900s, it still served as a dental office, bank, It was nicknamed the “hobby shop” because it had a lot of different things, including a tailor’s shop. I drove it and loved it. Greek Revival architecture is all original, and when COVID hit, we had the idea to build a wine shop. I did all the renovations myself…and I’m already in business, selling a lot of wine in the restaurant. “
Boissy said the store showcases a “full range” of wines and spirits.
“Christophe does all the wine purchases for us, is well known in the restaurant industry and is a pioneer of natural wines.” increase.
“We have about 350 wines and spirits in our store, all of which are small producers of natural and organic wines,” Boissy continued. “There are so many interesting producers and great wines around the world that we lean heavily towards France. Italy; we have Spanish; West Coast American wines and New York wines; Austrian and Czech wines; And there is a great deal of interest in obscure liqueurs, people come for special kinds of whiskeys, cognacs and Italian amaro, so there is definitely an interest in obscure products. is kind of a niche in that it specializes in small producers, natural wines, and a lot of obscure and allotted products.”
Boissy notes that pricing varies as well.
“There are definitely quite a few affordable products, including liquor,” he said. “There are esoteric products, too: $15 a bottle of vodka and less than $20 of wine. We know it’s not always possible to buy expensive wines because it’s a small shop in the mountains. …and there are some bottles over $100.”
According to Boissy, the customer base is equally diverse.
“We have a lot of regulars who come to dinner looking for weekly specials and are interested in more exotic spirits,” he said. “We have a lot more sophisticated wine lovers than we expected. We have people coming in for more adventurous wines and people who know what they want. Due to COVID and the influx of new residents from the AirBnB market, we are seeing people attending weekends and weddings and they are definitely buying cases of wine. Bloomville, Stamford, Harpersville, Court We have many customers from the Lights, Bovina and the Andes.”
Support for Cellar Door has been solid, Boissy said.
“There’s a real sense of community,” he said. “People who come here are overwhelmingly supportive and ecstatic, saying, ‘Oh my god, this is the most beautiful store,’ and ‘I always wanted this to become something.’ There’s a new business in town.” There is a real sense of optimism because everyone is so excited about what they can do.
“I think we’re filling a hole,” Boissy continued. “Historically, Hobart has had wine and liquor stores. Going back to the ’50s and his ’40s, there have always been liquor and wine stores, but that was many years ago.”
Cellar Door Wines & Spirits is offering wine tastings on Fridays with “support from educational growers,” Boissy said.
Boissy said he plans to “continue to invest in inventory and continue to engage with the community.” He said adding local deliveries is “something we want to do” and that Cellar Door will ship nationwide. cellardourwinesny.com.
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Cellar Door Wines & Spirits is open from 12:00 to 6:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday and from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday through Saturday.
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