One of the best features of Old Greenwich — besides free on-street parking — is that the village is entirely walkable and there are a host of independent small businesses.
On Wednesday, we stopped at Old Greenwich Fine Wines & Cheese and chatted with Robert Zalkin about changes at the store. We last spoke to Zalkin the day Senators Blumenthal and Murphy stopped by during their walkabout in October. Since then, there have been changes afoot at 195 Sound Beach Ave. The wine & spirits store now sells cheese.
Cheese? Yes, Zalkin said that shortly after the Planning & Zoning commission voted to end the 1,000 ft separation between establishments that sell liquor, (King’s received the green light to carve out a wine store in the supermarket with a separate entrance), he and his partner Rob Petz decided to add a cheese and crackers corner.
Robert recommended the Cowgirl Creamery organic “Mt Tam” triple creme and Eli Zabar toasted onion sourdough bread crisps, and suggested pairing them with a bottle of Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc from the Napa Valley. Divine!
Old Greenwich Fine Wines & Cheese also has a customer loyalty program and you can accrue points! Ask Rob or Robert to sign you up the next time you visit. Then ask for a recommendation for a nice cheese to go with your wine — or vice versa — and remember that what is extra special about Old Greenwich is the independent merchants.
From one small local biz to another: Cheers!
Old Greenwich Fine Wines & Cheese is located at 195 Sound Beach Ave, right next to the Rummage Room. Tel. (203) 990-3030
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00am to 8:00pm. Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm.