Dedalus Wine, the Burlington shop known statewide for stocking a wide-ranging and thoughtful selection of wines, will soon leave its current quarters at 180 Battery Street. By early fall, the store will migrate to 388 Pine Street, the space that formerly housed Burlington Furniture Company.
The new Dedalus will carry an expanded selection of wines and feature a tasting room and wine bar serving small snacks, such as conserva, cheeses and charcuterie. Sas Stewart, co-owner and interior designer of Stonecutter Spirits in Middlebury, is partnering with Imhotep, a design-build construction company in Cornwall, to design the new shop's interior.
"I'm really excited about the whole project, but especially the wine bar and shop coming together," says Dedalus owner Jason Zuliani. "I'm excited to bring new wines to Burlington, to bring friends to town who make and sell wine, to really amp up the wine scene in Burlington overall."
Wine lovers can celebrate Dedalus' forthcoming changes with Zuliani on Sunday, May 29, 3 p.m., at WineCrush, a summer-inspired wine tasting at neighboring ArtsRiot on Pine Street. Zuliani and a host of other Vermont wine experts will supply a bevy of favorite new reds, whites and rosés, while ArtsRiot chef George Lambertson will team up with Max Mackinnon, executive chef at San Francisco's Mason Pacific.
Mackinnon, who graduated from Middlebury College in 2010, is the former chef and co-owner (with Zuliani) of Burlington's Pistou, a restaurant that garnered him a James Beard Award nomination after just two months in business. Pistou closed its doors in 2014, but Mackinnon is briefly back in town to complement the event's wine list with grilled meats and shucked oysters.
WineCrush tickets cost $45 and may be purchased at artsriot.com.