Bottlerocket is quickly becoming our favorite wine store. "At Bottlerocket, shopping for wine is made intuitive. And fun!" So claims their website, which is like an "idiots guide to wine selection" in itself. With a selection of 365 wines, all organized by theme such as seafood, poultry, meat, gifts, and even "take-out" where they have wines chosen for their compatibility with local take-out menus (whose menus are also available). They will deliver to you, the owners and employees are always friendly, there is even a play area for kids, complete with a real-life friendly dog that seems to belong as much as the bottles. It feels like a small town shop, with free wine tastings every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and various other events and classes throughout the year all advertised on a little blackboard outside. Besides all of these things they are doing right, besides the several gift options to meet all of our holiday gift-giving needs, we found yet another reason to love BottleRocket...they are one of the few places in the city to sell Sofia Mini's.
These cute little boxes hold 4 cans of Socia blanc de blancs sparkling wine, complete with a little straw attached to each one. It is the creation of the Niebaum-Coppola Winery, owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola who named the sparkling wine for daughter and fellow director Sofia Coppola. We think that this is the perfect little gift. It would also be fun to have at your holiday party and would definitely be the conversation starter. Stop by Bottlerocket on 19th street off of 5th avenue to pick up some Sofia Minis or to create you own personalized holiday gift tub. CHEERS!