City Pulse

By Deena Campbell

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When Luke McKinley decided to open a wine shop after studying and teaching wine for several years, he wanted a distinctive store in a unique area. After extensive research, he decided there was no greater area than Harlem.

“There’s nothing like it around here [Harlem],” said McKinley. “It’s a blossoming neighborhood and I’m happy to be apart of good change. Lenox Wines isn’t a typical liquor store or a bodega, it’s a unique store for a unique area.”

Lenox Wines isn’t your standard pretentious wine shop – with the exception of a few “special occasion” bottles – everything is priced under $25. The wine store offers handcrafted wines from South Africa, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, and an eclectic mix of organic wines and Sake.

“All types of people stop in,” says McKinley. “We have the typical non-drinkers and even visitors staying in local hostels.”

The Lenox Avenue wine store also gives back to the community. So much so, that local artist Diane Smith’s works of art is strategically placed throughout the store, as the shop doubles as gallery space. Additionally, Lenox Wines provided wine for a Boston Conservatory event and hosted an inauguration event last Tuesday.

“My goal is to make Lenox Wines the most popular store in Harlem,” says McKinley.

Visit Lenox Wines every Thursday evening for wine tasting. And stay tuned for Lenox Wines to launch a delivery service in the coming months.

Lenox Wines
381 Lenox Ave (Between 129th St & 130th St)

Originally published January 2009

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