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The Wine Chap in Belle Meade

The Chap is a real person: London native Richard Payne, who jokes that he opened a wine store "because I couldn't think of anything else to do." The reality, as Payne's vinophile pseudonym might suggest, is that he has a passion for educating customers. The Belle Meade store's airy, 5,000-square-foot space is the ideal place to pick up some tips. It's filled with a larger-than-average selection that lets customers find things other stores don't carry (like Chateau La Roque Pic Saint-Loup from the Languedoc). For impatient drinkers (like me) who head straight to the liquor section, there's also an abundance of choice. The store only opened in April, and they have new items coming in all the time—Payne cites Rothman and Winter's Crème de Violette. Emily Bartlett Hines
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