An Agriculturally-Supported Local Wine Shop In The Hudson Valley
Kingston Wine Co. | 65 Broadway |

Michael and Theresa Drapkin, the husband-and-wife proprietors of Kingston Wine Co., an agriculture-supported local wine shop in Kingston’s historic Rondout district, fondly remember their first journey upstate. “It was purely visual,” Michael recalls. “That first glimpse of the Catskills when you’re on I-87, that was really a love at first sight moment for me.”

And much has happened since that first glimpse. From Whole Foods to Balthazar, to harvesting the grapes at a small family-run winery in southwestern France, Michael has uncorked his vast knowledge and understanding of wine for a burgeoning community of those eager to be exposed to the engagement and connection one can have with not just a hand-crafted wine, but with each other. “It’s really, really wonderful to get twenty people together, to hear them chattering and laughing, sharing stories about their education or their universal connectivity,” he says. “Through wine, you reach these themes that connect all of us. That’s what I’m hoping to cultivate. It could be incredibly utopic and idealistic and never materialize, but I’m more attracted to that.”

Kingston Wine Co Shop

  “We wanted to create a shop that combined form and function. Our shelving, display crates and farm table were inspired by our travels to various wine shops, general stores and funky wine bars in Paris, Brooklyn, and San Francisco…The bicycle is the same one I used when I would ride from Chelsea to Tribeca for work.”

Kingston Wine Co Wine Literature

  “Learning about wine is about pulling corks, traveling to the source, and reading. Consuming wine literature by Kermit Lynch, Terry Theise, Jonathan Nossiter, and Alice Feiring will amplify your thirst and enjoyment of wine drinking. We are working to curate a selection of used wine literature for our customers. Stay tuned…”

Kingston Wine Co Chalkboard Wall

  “We are visual learners, so we wanted an element of eye candy in the shop. The chalkboard maps are inspired by our visits to Buvette in the West Village. The wooden board was made by Josh Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile, a neighbor of ours in Kingston. Both elements represent the historical marriage between food and wine.”

Kingston Wine Co Desk

  “It was important for our merchants desk to be in plain sight. Our goal is to be accessible, present, and transparent for our customers.”

Kingston Wine Co Handwritten Caption

  Handwritten by Michael Drapkin

Kingston Wine Co Logo and Business Card

  “Our mark has a few important elements. The triangle represents a trinity of soil, family and craftsmanship, as well as the importance of change. The complex root system speaks to the vital nourishment of vines. The outer shield represents the traditions and heritage of the farmers whose wines we carry. On another level, the shield can be perceived as a wine glass,or an upside down home, and the roots can be seen as mountain peaks. All of these meanings are significant to a wine shop centrally located in the Catskill region of the Hudson Valley.”

Kingston Wine Co Michael Drapkin

  “Behind me is a photograph of my great-grandfather Milton. As a tailor, he worked with his hands daily for decades until he retired. He gave much of what he earned to his family. From what I know, Milton loved tending shop at his son’s pharmacy in Washington, D.C. He was a sweet man with a sparkle in his eye, and I hope to infuse my own shop with that same energy.”

Kingston Wine Co Handwritten Wine Labels

  “Stepping into a wine shop can be intimidating. Our in-house wine tags provide a personal and candid element to counter the boring tasting notes that litter wine periodicals.”

Kingston Wine Co Michael and Chalkboard Wall

  “Here I am pointing to Ceret, one of our favorite towns in all of France. The local wines are honest and cheap, and good hiking, art, and all of your table needs are just outside your door. Each year we plan to close our doors and go to the source, to connect with winemakers and drink wine in context.”

Kingston Wine Co illustration

Illustration by Kaitlin Van Pelt

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  2. KWC is a true gem. Michael is an authentic soul. Each visit only reveals more interest in what he and Theresa have set out to create.

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