The French invasion of North Brooklyn continued last month with the launch of a new bar in Williamsburg.
And this time around it’s arguably what the French do best: Wine.
Sort of Wine Bar, located on Driggs Avenue, specializes in wines imported entirely from Europe with a focus on organic and biodynamic wines.
The wine bar is the creation of two Frenchmen and Williamsburg residents, Aymeric Visinet and Christophe Dufraux.
Before moving to the States, Visinet ran two bars in Saint Etienne, a picturesque city located in the Massif Central mountain formation in central France.
Dufraux’s family, based in Paris, grows organic wine in the Rhône valley – bottles of which are sold at the wine bar in Williamsburg.
Visinet and Dufraux wanted to bring their knowledge of wine to North Brooklyn, but didn’t want it to be too fastidious.
It’s how they settled on the bar’s name.
“When my partner and I started discussing what we wanted this place to be we kept saying we wanted it to be sort of this and sort of that,” said Visinet. “And we didn’t want it be a pretentious place, and “Sort of Wine Bar” seemed perfect.”
At the bar, Visinet and Dufraux have carefully selected more than 20 wines from countries as diverse at Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, and of course France.
In addition, the bar has beer on tap, liquors, and a selection of cheeses and charcuterie plates.
It took Visinet and Dufraux several months to settle on the location on Driggs Avenue, but Visinet said he was glad the efforts paid off.
In fact, it was Visinet’s dream to open a business in New York.
“I always loved New York,” said Visinet. “And Williamsburg was the perfect fit because we just love the life of the neighborhood.”
And the duo is already giving back to the community. The bar also serves as an artistic space to showcase the work of local artists. At present the pictures of an Irish photographer are on display at the bar.
For the moment, Dufraux and Visinet are excited welcome their neighbors to the new space.
Sort of Wine Bar, 639 Driggs Ave., PH: 347-721-3074, Opens 5 p.m. daily, specials on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and Happy Hour Sun-Thu 5-7 p.m., for more information visit https://www.facebook.com/sortofwinebar?fref=photo.
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