I visited The Shelburne Falls Wine Merchant in Shelburne Falls, Mass. recently for an article I’m working on, looking at interesting entrepreneurial endeavors in the small business sector. Owned by Paul-Thierry de la Blotier, French and Welsh by decent, the Wine Merchant specializes in the ‘English service model’ — slower, more personalized service. It sells a wide array of wines from small- to medium-sized vineyards around the world, in addition to local products. All of this happens just feet from the historic Bridge of Flowers in the heart of Shelburne Falls, which also has a great array of shops, restaurants, galleries, and even a Trolley Museum.
As fall approaches, Shelburne Falls will be in its prime, so it’s worth the trip; a stop into the Wine Merchant might not hurt as the nip returns to the night air, either.