David and Melissa Armin-Parcell have a devoted following at their Motor City Wine in Detroit’s burgeoning Corktown neighborhood. The wine shop–wine bar hybrid (the only wine bar in Detroit!) has become a local favorite for affordable bottles from small-production, family-owned wineries. “Most of our customers come in and put their lives in our hands,” says David. “We’ll let them try a couple of things and we’ll get them into something new—something unusual.” Seventy percent of what’s on the shelf is European, and 80 percent is under $20.
If you choose to drink the wine right there, the corkage fee is only $8. “Of course, the nicer the bottle you get, the better the deal,” he says.
This great deal has caught on. Sundays, in particular, are very popular on the Motor City patio, says David. “We get a couple hundred people out there drinking rosé and Vinho Verde in the summer. And we have a different restaurant pop-up or food truck come in each week.”