Best Wine Shop

This week, we were surprised by the honor of being named “Best Wine Shop” in Boston Magazine’s 41st annual Best of Boston issue!

THANK YOU DAVID. This award belongs exactly as much to me as it does to Dave. His idea of a good time these past couple of years is carrying boxes of beer and wine down the stairs, and then bringing them back up again. His personal investment in the shop is clear in the extent to which he is as picky as I am about what we should carry. Streetcar is as entertaining a place to shop and to work as it is in large part because Dave works here. And he does all this without getting paid!

Don’t worry, Dave will only be reading this to proof-read for errors, so his head is unlikely to increase in size.

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Thank you. Thank you.

Streetcar turns two years old today. People often ask the question, “Are you going to open a second location?” Of course, it’s flattering to be asked, but the real answer might be surprising: we don’t really want to. Coming to work at 488 Centre Street, on the corner of Kingsboro Park, in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, is a privilege and a pleasure. We’ve found a niche; or to put it another way, we’ve made a connection between what we want to do and what the community wants from us. We sincerely appreciate the support we are given from our immediate neighbors, our customers at large, and our fellow JP businesses. Why would we chose to spend half as much time in the place we really want to spend all of our time?

Of course, things could change at some point down the line, for any number of reasons. For now, we couldn’t be happier right here, and that is thanks to you. Thank you. Thank you.

Please let us show you our appreciation in the form of something tasty on Sunday, July 13, at our Second Anniversary Customer Appreciation Day.

Please help a friend. And drink riesling.

Peter Tryba was my boss at the first wine job I ever had, and over the course of two years, he taught me just about everything I needed to know to get started in the wine business. He is infinitely patient, generous, intense, creative, and hilarious. For many years, he has a degenerative kidney condition that will require transplant very soon. His family has been asking for money to help cover the astronomical costs surrounding the procedure and time of recovery. Streetcar will donate 20% of its sales all day Saturday to the Tryba family’s fundraising effort.

We’ll be pouring all kinds of riesling for most of the day. Peter’s maniacal enthusiasm for the wines of Germany and Austria no doubt had an effect on my own preferences, as evidenced by the overflowing nature of that section of Streetcar. Three equally persuasive and passionate wine professionals, Derek from Atlantic, Martin from Oz, and Howard from Vineyard Research will take turns pouring some of their favorite rieslings from 3-7 pm.

I hope we’re starting to get beyond the “riesling is too sweet” mentality, but if not, here’s our 3-point response:

1: Sometimes riesling is sweet, sometimes it isn’t.
2: To paraphrase our friend Terry Theise, “Let me go on a picnic with anyone who doesn’t like sweetness, so I can eat all the perfectly ripe strawberries and he can eat all the shitty, sour ones at the bottom of the carton.”
3: While the sugar/acidity balance can be thrilling or off-putting depending on your palate, what’s truly transcendant about riesling is its ability to translate the information of the soil in fully illuminated transparency.

If you can’t make it Saturday, please consider DONATING NOW.

Also, this is happening tomorrow: