JAMES CITY COUNTY – The Wine Seller wine store in Monticello Marketplace continues to thrive under new ownership with an updated look and new merchandise.
Bill and Nancy Moore first owned and operated the store for 22 years before retiring in 2020 and selling the establishment to John Audia and his business partner, Sean Ryan, in November 2020. Ryan had worked at The Wine Seller previously for more than a decade.
Audia had been a New York policeman who visited Williamsburg for several decades with his wife and kids, and had frequented The Wine Seller during his trips. After retiring from the police force in 2016, Audia relocated to Williamsburg and took a job at the wine shop. He jumped at the opportunity to operate the business when Moore decided to retire.
“I do everything but order wine, and I am here about 60 hours a week; hopefully I can cut back soon,” said Audia. “My son helps out too, and four other employees. Long-time employees here have helped with the learning curve, and keep things moving as well.”
The Wine Seller carries between fifteen hundred to two thousand different wines from all over the world. Wine accessories are also available. Even though it’s The Wine Seller, one can find a good list of two hundred beers as well. The shop has beer tastings on Thursdays from 4m to 7pm and wine tastings at the same time on Fridays.
Audia loves Williamsburg, beer, classic cars, and working in the business, especially his interactions with customers and representatives.
“Everyone is happy here,” said Audia.
The Wine Seller also has a café with a Tapas menu, plates, and shareables. The menu also includes sandwiches, cheeseboards, classic Rueben sandwiches, egg rolls, bruschetta, hummus, and more.
Business Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm. Dine-In is available Thursday through Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. The shop does curbside pickup and deliveries as well.
Since opening, Audia has given the shop a more modern look, and added more seating and a few new menu offerings. The Wine Seller also carries about thirty different cigars. For more information, visit https://www.grapesbythecrate.com/.