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The Scoop: Local Winestyles franchisee spurs off as indie-owned wine bar Naked Vine

March 25th 11:03am, 2011

032511_NakedVineSince November 2006, Bryan Herr has been a franchisee of retail wine operation Winestyles. Now, Herr is spurring off from the national chain to become an independent, locally owned business and, as part of the move to “extricate” his operation from the Winestyles franchise, he’s changing the name of his Chesterfield wine shop to Naked Vine.

Haven’t checked out Herr’s store at 1624 Clarkson Road yet? It’s stocked with boutique, small production wines with an emphasis on domestics from central and northern California, as well as Washington state and Oregon. “We are a byproduct of what our customers like,” said Herr. “People really appreciate the selection of wines we have; it’s not the same old stuff.” Patrons can carry away a bottle or, better yet, sip vino while seated at the granite bar, long wooden communal table or one of the high-tops. Naked Vine also offers a selection of farmstead cheeses and salumi by Fra’Mani. Wine tastings occur every Thursday and Saturday. Naked Vine also offers wine classes and winemaker events; dates are posted on the shop’s Web site.

By Ligaya Figueras

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