For Kirk Sprenger, proprietor of Chappaqua Wine and Spirit Company, his love affair with wine began at an early age. One of six, his father would drink wine with dinner and let his children learn an appreciation for wine at an early age.
I always had an interest, an appreciation and a love of wine, Sprenger said. My father taught us how food and wine go together.
Sprenger has been the manager and now the sole proprietor of Chappaqua Wine and Spirit Company for 14 years and he hopes for many more.
He got his start in the wine business in 1983 when a wine sales rep at his part-time job at a local restaurant told him a store in Pound Ridge was looking for a manager.
I figured Id try it. Just temporary, Sprenger said. Once I started doing it, I realized that I really like wine retail.
After Pound Ridge, Sprenger went onto manage a larger wine store in Mamaroneck before starting at Chappaqua Wine & Spirit in 1997.
Sprenger uses his extensive knowledge to offer his customers something different at Chappaqua Wine and Spirit, value. He has researched great, rare wines worldwide that are cheaper alternatives to the fancy, expensive brands.
Im into unique wines and bringing value to people, Sprenger said. Standard brands dont always mean theyre great wines.
He keeps his store changing with the times, adding unique wines from Spain and France that keep people coming in to browse his shelves while the latest pop music plays through the stores sound system.
People are looking for values, Springer said. Listening to customers is vital to the retail business.
Sprenger keeps his customers coming back. Every spring, he hosts a series of six wine classes to teach folks about well-known and unknown wines. He also sends customers email blasts to alert them of sales and promotions at the store. These are the things Sprenger does to keep customers coming to Chappaqua Wine and Spirit Company for their wines and liquors.
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