Smith & Vine
Opened by Patrick Watson and Michele Pravda as a companion to their renowned Skinky Bklyn cheese shop down the road, this wine shop in Carroll Gardens maintains the same youthful ambiance with tangerine tin wall panels, taped-up flyers, and a stock of relatively cheap bottles (including a $12-or-less table) alongside lesser-known, old-world labels like Arianna Occhipinti and Paolo Bea. Tastings generally occur Thursday to Sunday on a walk-in basis. For pairings, choose from a selection of more than 150 artisanal cheeses and cured meats.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.