Trellis Envy in Tappan

Dated: 04/26/2011

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There's this great wine shop in Tappan on Main Street- The Grape D'Vine. I know, the name's a little too cute for my taste, but the owner, Joe Prinz is wonderfully knowledgeable about his selections. Also, there's not a hint of snobbishness- just the opposite. You'll read that one wine 'is so good you'll crap yourself' or or another is like Darth Vader, 'smoky and evil- it'll take you to the dark side'. There are always works of local artists on the walls, and perhaps an open bottle to sample. When he opened the shop, Joe planted a grape vine under a trellis at the corner of the building. It has since grown to cover the trellis, and in the summer it produces grapes that beg to be popped into one's mouth. I think they are Concords, but whatever they are, I want them, and the trellis as well. I have the perfect spot in the back. My wife is a little dubious, but a trellis is definitely going in, followed by a grape vine. I can see it now...Chateau Schoppel, an amusing little wine, long legs, easy on the palate, good nose...
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Thano Schoppel

I have been a resident of Tappan for forty years, and still live in the 1860 Italianate Victorian house my wife Jean and I bought all those years ago. I have always been active in the community, inclu....

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