November is here, and there are two things that we need to think about this month - Thanksgiving, of course, and the arrival of the 2009 Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau, which is released at the strike of midnight on the 3rd Thursday in November (November 19th).
Jessica Granatiero, owner of The Savory Grape located in East Greenwich, a first-of-its-kind wine store in Rhode Island founded in 2006. Retail wine and spirits has been a male dominated industry. Jessica left corporate America to begin this business, a dream of hers, and now she is topping wine retailer industry-wide growth rates.
Rhode Island Monthly’s “Best of Rhode Island” 2009 Winner for Best Wine Shop, The Savory Grape is visibly different than any other store in the state. Patrons remark that the shopping experience is like visiting someone’s personal wine cellar.
Upholding its original mission, The Savory Grape is sophisticated for discerning wine lovers, yet comfortable and inviting to the wine novice who simply wishes to browse the selection and learn more about wine. The shop provides customers an opportunity to truly learn about wine - its taste, its smell, its characteristics - and shop from a varied selection from vineyards all over the world. The level of personal service, the look and feel of the store, and the carefully-selected inventory arranged in a customer-friendly manner make the shop a regular destination just like a favorite bookstore.
The Savory Grape is featured in the June 27, 2009 edition of The Wall Street Journal wine column on “Getting Help With Wine Choices” and has been mentioned as “Outstanding Wine Shop” by Wine Spectator Magazine (Jan/Feb 2009). The Savory Grape also has been nominated for the Small Business Administration “Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year” and has won the 2009, 2008, and 2007 Best Wine Shop - West Bay (Reader's Poll), 2007 Best Wine Newsletter (Editor's Poll), 2006 Best New Wine Shop (Editor's Poll) awards and has been featured in Providence Business News, Rhode Island's Business Newspaper. Owner Jessica Granatiero is a regular editorial contributor on wine to East Greenwich Magazine and My02818.com.