August 10, 2012New Wine Bar Offers Extensive Wine List, Educational Classes and ‘Nerd Nite’ Buckingham Properties is pleased to announce the opening of Veritas Wine Bar at Alexander Park. Located at 217 Alexander Street, the wine bar is co-owned and operated by Paul and Amy Powers. “We began exploring wine in the late 90s when we were living in New York City,” said Amy Powers. “After returning to Rochester in 2001, we both worked at Wine Sense on Park Avenue where our education began in earnest. It was during this time that we began to dream of opening a wine bar. To further our knowledge in wine and the industry, we took jobs in wine sales and distribution. We have always shared a great passion for learning about wine, and are thrilled to finally realize our dream of opening a wine bar to share that passion with our customers.” A grand opening will be held on Friday, August 17th, and a ribbon-cutting will take place on Friday, August 24th at 4:00pm. Veritas is one of several new Buckingham Properties tenants in the Alexander Park neighborhood. Buckingham has been busy revitalizing the area, currently home to MVP Health Care, multiple Rochester General Hospital facilities, Canandaigua National Bank and Earthlink’s new offices. Several additional properties along Alexander Street continue to be developed. “We have tremendous faith in the Alexander Park neighborhood and are excited to be a tenant on the ‘ground floor’ as the area continues to develop.” said Amy Powers. Veritas Wine Bar serves wine by the glass and bottle from all around the world as well as bottled craft beers. “Our current list includes over twenty wines by the glass and over 100 by the bottle, and will continually change,” said Paul Powers. In addition to standard full glass pours, Veritas offers ½ glass pours, giving customers the opportunity to explore through their wide variety of wines. Additionally, Veritas has teamed up with local specialty shops to offer edibles from Gifted Foods, Pittsford Dairy and Bakery Street Bakery. Completely unique to the area, Veritas has been selected to host ‘Nerd Nite,’ an internationally recognized event where self-declared nerds gather to meet, drink and learn something new. Hosted in over 36 cities all over the world, Veritas is the only venue in the Rochester-area to have been selected ‘Nerd Boss,’ and will host its first ‘Nerd Nite’ on Wednesday, September 12th. Guest speakers will include Chris Hartman, the lead organizer behind The Good Food Collective, a multi-farm community supported agriculture project in the South Wedge. For non-nerd wine connoisseurs, Veritas will also hold monthly wine education classes, with guest speakers and specialty wine tastings. Veritas Wine Bar is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00pm to 11:00pm. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/VeritasRochester.
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