Italian Wine Merchants question
It's not a friendly atmosphere. They take themselves VERY seriously and, in my opinion, take the fun out of wine.
Granted, for them it's a business, but I think they fail to realize that for most of the rest of us, wine is a hobby to enjoy.
I used to really like the store before they put together the super grand exalted tasting room and doubled all their prices.
I've had much better experiences at the light-hearted but HIGHLY informative classes at Vino on 27th St.
On the other hand, if you are a *serious* wine drinker that has beyond a casual interest and posses an advanced knowledge of Italian wines, IWM has an outstanding stock of well-chosen labels.