The Savvy Wine Cellar wine tasting station.
Camillus Dale Record and Allison Palermo-Record knew the path back to their roots in the Syracuse area, particularly to western Onondaga County, would come; it was just a matter of time.
After spending 12 years away from New York State and countless travel throughout Europe due to their jobs, Dale and Allison moved back home to be closer to friends and family and to pursue and rediscover their love of food, wine and hospitality.
"When it was time to come home," Allison said, "We thought, 'what were we going to do?' We were too young to retire yet and too old to work for someone else."
Enter The Savvy Wine Cellar, the couple's two-year old business on West Genesee Street. The upscale wine store has a unique aura and architectural design that would make any wine enthusiast feel like they are entrenched in the depths of a California wine cellar. Grapes and sharp cheese are the only two food groups missing on a wine menu.
Not sure which wine suits you? Take a stroll down the aisles and find neatly scribed cards that entail exactly what you will be drinking after a stressful day at work. Wine bottles rest comfortable on wooden racks, making it easier to eye the labels.
"We wanted to demystify wine," Allison said. "We wanted to make our store very friendly, approachable and offer our help. That's what our tastings is all about. Dale and I didn't want to have the same wines you see in all the big stores because a: we couldn't compete with them in volume and sales and b: we wanted to have something different."
The location, they said, was right where they wanted to be in terms of the demographics, noting that the western part of the county was where the new growth was taken place. The east and north was totally saturated and no one was heading south. It was also the last of eight locations they looked at before settling.