Doug and Susan Zucker are bringing 30 years of experience in food and wine to Brunswick County as the owners of Bridgewater Wines, a wine and beer retailer opening soon in Leland. The 1,500-square-foot shop in Ocean Gate Plaza, a new office and retail center under construction at 1132 New Pointe Blvd., is scheduled to open in late June.
The Zuckers recently relocated to the area from New York, where Doug worked for 30 years with Stew Leonard’s Wines and Susan was a culinary professor. With connections to wine producers around the world, Doug Zucker said he is looking forward to introducing his customers to a selection of 500 wines that represent great values in all price points. The Zuckers say the concept of value is a priority for them.
“A $10 wine that gives you as much pleasure as a $20 wine is a value, but so is the $50 wine that drinks like a $100 bottle,” said Zucker. “We won’t order any wines for the store that we haven’t tasted, and we stand behind our suggestions. If someone doesn’t like a wine that we recommend, they can bring it back no questions asked, and we’ll find something else they’ll like. After all, our slogan is ‘Explore the World, One Wine at a Time!’”
Bridgewater Wines will offer a tasting bar with 24 wines by the glass, eight beers on tap, and a small-plates menu including cheese boards, cured meats and breads.
“Wine is such a great business, as it involves so many different passions: history, travel, cultures and food,” said Doug Zucker. “We love sharing that passion for wine with our customers and look forward to hosting a regular series of free tastings with various distributors to give customers an opportunity to taste wines they haven’t had before.”The Zuckers plan to celebrate the grand opening of Bridgewater Wines with a series of wine tastings and a large event with multiple distributors showcasing 50 or more wines. The store will be open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For additional information, see www.bridgewaterwines.com
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