SIP BY SIP: Aledo’s first wine boutique aims to educate | Local News

ALEDO — As soon as you wander via the double doors of VinoCo, the welcoming encounter of JR Clark is there to greet you and acquire you on a distinctive wine experience.

SIP BY SIP: Aledo's first wine boutique aims to educate

JR Clark, who manages the VinoCo wine boutique in Aledo, pulls out a bottle wine from the Bodegas Urbina Winery in Spain. VinoCo features wines from 43 distinctive varietals, 15 countries and 78 distinctive locations.

The Aledo business enterprise, which opened its doorways off Farm-to-Industry Highway 1187 in mid-October, is retail, to start with and foremost, with wine from approximately 18 nations represented, and more than 40 different grapes, reported owner Chris Watson, who started the business with his spouse Katy along with their companions and most effective good friends Colby and Jennifer Hale.

“About five decades in the past, we moved out to Aledo,” Watson mentioned. “Then in January of previous calendar year, our house was strike with COVID.”

In the course of that extensive quarantine interval, Watson and his spouse commenced chatting about a facet small business they believed would do nicely in the Aledo location.

“We considered, we like wine, we enjoy traveling and learning about wine,” he mentioned. And so the concept was born.

Watson adopted that up with a get in touch with to Clark to decide his brain. The wine expert was already nicely regarded to the few — you may possibly identify him from his 17 years at Central Industry in Fort Value, where he served as the wine manager. Clark was on board, and was hired in August of final calendar year.

Clark bought his very first flavor of the wine organization again in 1997, when he was operating at Reata as a server. A desk of eight — seven ladies and a single person — arrived in to eat on Father’s Day, and just one of the women requested for a Meritage, or blended, wine. 

Clark known as a good friend to check with for wine guidance, then shipped eight bottles to the table. As the group concluded, the lady handed Clark the signed receipt, total with a $1,000 tip.

“She advised me I could spend it on whichever I desired, but if I were her, I’d make investments in the wine business enterprise,” Clark mentioned.

Soon after sending the group out in their limo with a handful of more bottles for the experience house, Clark obtained a different $500 tip from the female. He went out and expended all $1,500 on wine textbooks.

He would shortly find himself operating at Del Frisco’s as section of their wine employees, and a mentor introduced him together for a three-7 days Cape Wine Academy in South Africa, wherever he discovered every little thing from the simple grape harvesting system all the way on up.

Now, Clark is dedicated to passing down that information that was handed on to him.

“You by no means stop finding out, all the things can transform working day to day,” he stated, pointing out the climate changes in Burgundy, wildfires in California and earthquakes in Chili, all of which can influence the flowering and harvesting in vineyards. “You’re at the mercy of Mother Character.”

That know-how is a little something that helps make VinoCo special, Watson mentioned, noting that while the small business permits a consumer to arrive in and decide on out a bottle of wine, they also provide wine clubs and classes to educate.

“I really do not faux to be a wine specialist, and a person detail that bugs me a lot more than just about anything is persons who are snobbish about wine,” he explained. “We’re lucky sufficient to be capable to carry in a terrific human being that is aware of the wine organization. We want to educate, not decide.”

SIP BY SIP: Aledo's first wine boutique aims to educate

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A tasting table is set up in the foyer to host wine club get-togethers and wine courses to educate patrons.

The first wine class was held in November to coincide with the leading of Yellowstone. The pupils have been launched two six unique wines, each individual paired with a various character from the strike show.

Earlier this month, they hosted VinoCo de Mayo, with all unique Mexican wines paired with appetizers from Joe T. Garcia’s.

Remarkably, Mexican wine has a deep historical past relationship back to the 1590s, and “their wineries are stellar,” Clark suggests.

VinoCo also hosted a Mother’s Working day Rose Soiree with rose options and a brunch bites buffet.

The wine boutique also delivers a monthly wine club, which is now up to nearly 90 members, featuring a few different amounts: Wine Wrangler, Foreman and Wine Barron, as effectively as quarterly wine club functions. They also have a Barrell Place, which can be rented out for private get-togethers.

SIP BY SIP: Aledo's first wine boutique aims to educate

The Barrell Space at the VinoCo wine boutique is offered to rent for personal events.

VinoCo carries the significant-name labels but also performs with several mother and pop distributors with a concentration on household-owned wineries from all around the planet. Charges selection from the $7-$10 mark all the way up, as nicely.

And of system, a stroll as a result of the doorway and rapid chat with Clark will get you exactly what you are seeking for.

“I’ll talk to you the essentials … do you like red, white, rose or glowing? And are you pairing with this foods,” he mentioned. “Most folks can explain to you everything you require to know in the very first 10-15 seconds. Every solitary wine has a come to feel.”

That specialized technique is a thing Clark and Watson satisfaction them selves on in offering a distinctive knowledge to the Aledo and encompassing communities.

“We’re thrilled to get in listed here on the floor floor,” Clark mentioned, noting the booming financial weather in East Parker County.

VinoCo is open up Monday via Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To indicator up for classes or obtain out extra about the wine club, visit, swing by in the course of organization several hours or pay a visit to their Facebook and Instagram web pages.

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