Ed Fryer likes wine. Ed Fryer likes good wine. Ed Fryer likes to share what he knows and likes about wine with others. Ed Fryer opened his kind of wine store in Nashville a few weeks ago.
Not that long ago, Ed Fryer was a radio disc jockey. Like everyone else in the business, he spent a good amount of time moving as stations changed ownership, format, or both. He moved from his hometown of Nashville to other markets, including Miami and Atlanta. The last time he moved (back to Atlanta), he and his wife decided that if they experienced major changes at that station, someone was sending them a sign. Within a few months, they got their sign.
As I mentioned yesterday, Ed (above left) opened (yn) in Hills Center in the Green Hills area of Nashville. He wants (yn) to be the store for someone who likes wine but doesn't want to break the bank buying a bottle. Therefore, the majority of the wines in (yn) are well-priced at $20 per bottle or less. While he does stock some well-known brands, he also stocks wines from the smaller, artisan wineries. And, he doesn't have boxes and boxes of the same wine on the shelf (right) like the mass-market liquor stores do. While he has some European wines in the store, he said that the tumbling dollar has made getting affordable Spanish, French, German and Italian wines a bit difficult.
While we do drink some wine, we are not experts by any stretch of the imagination. I know what I like (Riesling, Piesporter, Cava, Pinot Noir, White Zinfandel) and what I don't like (Merlot). I have not tried these wines, but two labels that caught my eye in (yn) were Good Pinot Grigio (a white, of course) and House Wine (a red). A friend of mine has had both, and she said they're pretty good.
The two guys in the main photo today are (yn)'s owner Ed Fryer (left) and Andrea Danti, from 100% Italiano. Andrea, who has been in the US only two years, represents small, Italian wineries. He brought the Vespa into (yn) so I could shoot the photo of the two of them with it.
One small note: Ed is in favor of the pending legislation that would allow groceries to sell wine.
What kind of wine do you like to drink?