Now open: Grand Vin brings more wine choices to downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – A new wine store is now open in downtown Grand Rapids.

Great wine located on Ionia Ave. SW 15, near the Van Andel Arena. The approximately 600 square meter storefront was formerly the home of Go Java Coffee, the closed in July.

(Courtesy photo of Cacti Media shows Grand Vin owners Kimberly and Tom Grimm with their daughter.)

The new wine store officially opened on November 9th. It belongs to the certified sommelier Tom Grimm and his wife Kim, who live in Grand Rapids.

After working as an account manager for the sale of industrial fluid power and automation systems for more than a decade, Tom Grimm switched to the hospitality industry by working in a wine bar and studying sommelier. When he passed the Certified Sommelier exam last year, he did a scholarship as a top performer.

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The Grimms’ new shop presents wines and local food specialties from companies that are also family-owned and run ethical and responsible agriculture. Owners say their shelves are filled with wines from benchmark regions, classic grape varieties and “iconic producers” as well as a rotating selection of “emerging producers ready to push the boundaries of traditional wine”.

Tom Grimm aims to “make wine more accessible” with a three tier monthly wine club that introduces food pairings and private home wine tastings.

(A Facebook photo posted by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. on Nov. 12, 2021 shows Grand Vin on Ionia Ave. SW 15 in Grand Rapids.)

According to plans presented to the Grand Rapids Planning Commission in September, Grand Vin intends to offer wine tastings. Each customer could taste up to three wines and buy bottles of wine to take away.

(Photos courtesy of Cacti Media show part of the wine selection at Grand Vin, picture left, and the bottle carriers available to customers, picture right).

Grand Vin is open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kimberly Grimm says she will keep her job as a software engineer but still be “deeply involved in the business.”

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