Get it? Wino!
Anyone know about this place?
Napa Jack’s in St. Louis Park is the dream-child of Dennis Youngquist, a local wine-and-beverage industry vet. E-mailers tell me the store “easily has the best customer service I have ever encountered at a wine shop.” Loyal Chow-o-philes also rave about the one hundred selections in the front of the store, where everything is under twelve dollars, and about the shop's temperature-controlled reserve room for wines that the staff thinks deserve resting there. The same readers also lump some small wine shops in with the loss of many of the chef-driven restaurants in town lately. “I actually compare this wine shop to those restaurants, in that it is a small place where the customer comes first and the owner is passionate about the product,” wrote one e-mailer.
So I am left wondering—since I don’t drink anymore and this still sounds a lot like every other neighborhood wine shop (which is not a bad thing)—is this place worth the drive from another burb? Is it really different than Solo Vino, or Sam’s, or some of the bigger stores? Lemme know . . .