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Biondivino wine shop closes its doors in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Aug 9, 2019
After almost four years of selling Italian wine at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto, Biondivino Wine Boutique has closed.

Owner Ceri Smith, who started Biondivino in San Francisco in 2006, said her lease expired for the space in the back of the El Camino Real shopping center. She considered renewing the lease but decided against it given the space lacks the license to offer wine tastings.

"We really would like to have the opportunity for people to be able to explore the wines also through winemaker tastings, since many people are unfamiliar to the different Italian regions, grape varieties, natural wine, etc. -- even for the die-hard Italophile -- and without having a tasting license there, we had to pull a catering permit each time to have a tasting," Smith wrote in an email. "With the recent vacancies in the center it was a hard choice but made more sense to concentrate on our SF shop for now."


Biondivino owner Ceri Smith in her now-closed Palo Alto wine shop. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Biondivino specialized in small producers from all 20 wine-growing regions of Italy.

Local customers can still visit the San Francisco shop at 1415 Green St. or purchase wine through Biondivino's website and/or wine club.
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Posted by Wine lover, a resident of Palo Verde,
on Aug 9, 2019 at 10:20 am

Our favorite wine shop has recently moved from El Camino to Middlefield Road in Mountain View. It has easy access and plenty of parking. The staff are knowledgeable and they do have wine tastings. Web Link We definitely recommend them to any wine lover who is disappointed in losing their local shop.


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Posted by Zanon, a resident of Esther Clark Park,
on Aug 9, 2019 at 12:46 pm

It was a great store. The permit issue sounds like typical narrow minded bureaucracy. A real shame.


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Posted by Michael, a resident of Los Altos,
on Aug 10, 2019 at 12:36 pm

So sad, I loved Biondivino. They had great Italian wines that I had been looking for in this area for 20 years and never found until they opened, plus they introduced me to many new favorites.


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Posted by Jim Sullivan, a resident of Barron Park,
on Aug 14, 2019 at 5:28 pm

They would have survived even without a tasting license, if the rent in Palo Alto in general is within resonable for small business to even make a profit!



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