Verve Wine, a trendy TriBeCa bottle shop led by master sommelier Dustin Wilson and wine merchant Derrick Mize, has gone bi-coastal: Verve Wine’s Pac Heights location, anticipated since April, is open today at 2358 Fillmore Street.
While the cool new wine merchant on the block might be based in New York, Verve has strong West Coast connections, too. It was in San Francisco that Wilson, known for a prominent role in the documentary Somm, met sommelier Eric Railsback while working at now-closed SF wine dining destination RN74.
Wilson went on to work as wine director at Eleven Madison Park before trading restaurants for retail with Verve Wine. Railsback, previously a consultant on Mason Pacific, is now Verve’s director of operations for California, and bottles from his Santa Barbara County Winery, Lieu Dit, can be found on Verve’s shelves.
The new SF boutique stocks 500 labels with an emphasis on small producers, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Online, Verve Wine has 3,000 labels to choose from. And with its delivery program gaining steam nationally, the California outpost makes even more sense, acting as as a West Coast center of operation for the company.
Richard Felix-Ashman of Handel Architects designed the 1,200 square foot space (formerly a shoe store), taking full advantage of its height with floor-to-ceiling shelves and library-style ladders to access the highest bottles. The designer’s favorite detail: Handmade metal and glass lanterns from Mexico that hang from leather straps over a central marble table.
Verve Wine is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.