POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- One way to confirm I am interviewing a well-liked local business is the number of customers who stop in while I speak to the owner. This was the case when I visited with Mariela Medina, owner of Pound Ridge Wines & Spirits.
Her store offers a lively array of selections and is one of the more popular destinations in town when customers need to stock up or prepare for that perfectly presented dinner party. Going on her fourth year in Pound Ridge, Mariela has 20 years of wine sales experience and her presence in town is well appreciated.
With the dedication Mariela and her staff show to seek out and present many wines produced by smaller producers, one would think this store is in the middle of Napa. Their Wine of the Month Club goes beyond traditional expectations by educating customers on many intriguing facts. In July, Mariela spotlighted a tribute to women in wine by presenting selections made by well-known winemakers, all of whom happen to be women.
“I wanted to open a small store in a friendly and small town.” She said. “Since being in Pound Ridge, the response from residents and visitors alike has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Mariela went on to acknowledge how much she appreciates the effort our town makes in helping small businesses succeed and how she is grateful for local residents supporting local store owners like herself. The philosophy of her business is to sell the brands customers enjoy while also finding producers that are hand selected, with a focus on Italian wines.
The fun does not stop there. A recent decision was made to provide organic sustainable selections by working with Pound Ridge Organics Farm and Food CoOp. For anyone concerned with preservatives or other chemicals that go into a wine’s production, knowing it has only organically produced ingredients should make many customers happy.
Mariela offers a 15 percent discount on cases every day. On Wine Down Monday, there is a 25 percent discount off any mixed case. Also offered are extensive tastings. On Nov. 8-10, there will be a fourth anniversary wine tasting weekend.
For RSVP and more information, visit their website at http://www.poundridgewine.com or call (914) 764-3424. Pound Ridge Wines & Spirits is located at 71 Westchester Ave. in Scotts Corners.