The local wine trail has one more stop on its route.
Angela and Adam Byington on May 10 opened Milan Wine Post, a lovely rustic shop perfect for tasting your favorite wines — or finding new favorites.
It's a dream come true for Angela, who'd been thinking about opening a wine shop for 12 years.
“I always had an interest in wine. The Wine Post is my retirement plan at the end of the day,” she said.
Wine-lovers can stop in for a $1 tasting, then buy a bottle of their favorite.
Angela is a busy mom of 10-year old Clay and 7-year-old Jorja. She works 40 hours a week at her full-time job in Elyria, then drives to Milan to work in her shop.
"It's a great feeling,” she said.
The shop was remodeled by Adam and his brother, Benny. There's recycled barn wood on the walls, with shelves holding bottles of wine, and there's also a small new bar for tastings. And for those who'd like to stay and savor their wine, there's also plenty of seating.
The Milan Wine Post offers local and international wines, with a nice mix of recognizable brands and more costly varieties.
The wine industry has remained strong, said Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association. As such, wine shops like the Milan Wine Post are critical to getting products to customers.
“People like to go to wineries, but when you are looking for a bottle of wine for Tuesday's dinner, people most often go shop at a wine shop,” Winchell said.
Milan Wine Post
1 N. Main St., Milan
Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday
The store will host a grand opening and wine-tasting event June 7, with a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. Firelands Winery and Romina Tacchino, of Luigi Tacchino Winery in Piedmont, Italy, will be on hand. Plenty of wine and music will be offered.