Chestnut Hill's The Urban Grape to Open in the South End

The wine shop will be opening a 2,100-sq ft. space on Columbus Ave. in early fall.

Photo courtesy of The Urban Grape.

Great news for South End oenophiles: popular Chestnut Hill-based wine shop The Urban Grape will set up shop at 303 Columbus Ave. by early fall. “We have lived in the South End for almost 10 years now,” says TJ Douglas, who co-owns the shop with his wife, Hadley. “I have always wanted to be in the city, hence the ‘Urban Grape’ name.”

Those familiar with the shop’s unique wine shelving system (which organizes wines by body rather than varietal) will recognize a similar system at the expansive South End location (which is 2,100-sq. ft.), though Douglas promises a few twists: “This is going to be different than anything in the B0ston metro area,” he says. “The South End is the perfect home for what we are going to be doing.” As to what this means, specifically, well, he’s keeping us in the dark for now. Douglas says they are hoping to open during September.

If you can’t wait that long to imbibe, of course, there’s plenty of fun opportunities at The Urban Grape’s Chestnut Hill location, like an upcoming sake tasting with o ya’s Nancy Cushman.

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