Food & Wine
Fine Wines at a Beach Bookstore?
Who knew!? It turns out I needed to visit a bookstore in a tiny town on the North Carolina coast to find one of my favorite wines. When I was visiting friends last month near Wilmington, they told me about a local bookstore that also boasted Topsail Beach’s one “wine bar” and a Master Sommelier. I was intrigued, so I called Quarter Moon Books (708 S Anderson Blvd, Topsail Beach, NC) to find out more about it.
The wine bar was officially only open on Fridays & Saturdays evenings, and this was a Tuesday. They closed at 4 and I was leaving the next day. But the awesome lady I was talking to, I think it was Lori the owner, generously offered to pour us a glass whenever. It was already 3, so we went in a hurry.
I loved it. Bookstore/giftshop/cafe/wine bar. An entrepreneurial place wearing a lot of hats in the small town of Topsail Beach in order to survive. Even came complete with a resident kitty. The non-chain bookstores I’ve loved best have always had a pet roaming the stacks. 🙂
The wine bar was not kitschy like I’d expected. It was beautiful and comfortable.
And the wine list!! Inspired selections at genuinely good prices. A lot of times even the places with more unique offerings all seem to have the same distributor, this eclectic mix was a first.
And then I lost my mind a little bit. They had sparkling Malbec Rose as an option. And it was on sale by the bottle at 30% off!!
I can almost never find sparkling Malbec in the DC area and when I do, it’s priced quite rare.
Plans to enjoy a glass became sharing a bottle, and the owner was sweet and let us hang out at the wine sipping while she cleaned and wrapped things up for the night.
In addition to live music on the weekends they also do special wine tastings, which I can only imagine how great those are. If you find yourself in the area and love wine, this place is not to be missed! They also sell wine to-go, so this is a much better option than any of the grocery stores in the area.
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