Thursday, December 12, 2013
Jen Flock, the chef at the Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth, is opening her own wine store at 541 Ocean House Road.
Flock and Vine – also the name of her wine blog – will open as soon as Flock gets her state inspection done. She’s crossing her fingers for a Memorial Day weekend opening.
Flock, who lives with her family in Cape Elizabeth, is a certified sommelier, wine consultant and chef who has been working towards the title of master sommelier. (She’s two levels away from her goal.) Her wine store will be in the old Jordan’s Agway building across from Kettle Cove, just down the road from Crescent Beach State Park and the Inn By the Sea.
Flock will be keeping her job as Chef at Purpoodock, so the store will only be open four days a week at first. Her parents will be manning it for her three days a week to help it get off the ground, and she’ll be in on Sundays. Local delivery will be available, and wine will also be available for advance purchase on the store’s website. Just click on what you want, and they’ll pack it up for you to pick up.
The store is a longtime dream of Flock’s. She said she’s been working on the idea for several years, but “life happens and gets in the way.”
“I’m at the point of no return,” she said. “It’s great. It’s finally all coming together.”
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
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