By Wendy Binns

Whether toasting a birthday or barefoot on the beach, sipping wine often adds to the character of these moments. I happen to have many nice memories sharing a glass or two with Bob Conquest over the years, so it’s fitting to me that he opened a charming and inviting wine shop, 3 Parks Wine. Bob and wine go well together in my book.

After 23 years in the advertising world, Bob has made a second career out of one of his favorite things and enjoys greeting neighbors and talking about their favorite wines. The shop opened this summer and is located in the eco-friendly Enso building right smack dab in the middle of the shop’s three namesake parks: Glenwood, Grant and Ormewood.

Devoted to personal attention and neighborhood tastes, he looks for opportunities to involve his customers. When a distributor drops off a bottle of wine to try, he invites his customers in to decide if it’s something “we want to carry,” he says.

Since the shop’s culture revolves around what the customers like, there is also a rating system in which Bob tracks the popularity of wines from customer feedback and the buying history. “Wine can be intimidating. It can be more comfortable choosing from your peer group’s recommendations,” he explains. The tracking system is noted on cards beside the bottles and takes price into consideration. Even less intimidating, Bob doesn’t claim to know everything about wine saying, “I learn something new everyday.”

Bob’s already taken orders for many cases – apparently enthusiasts are stocking-up. And, he’s planning some soirees with a few private wine clubs and groups this summer.

He lives in the neighborhood and on Sundays his rescue dog, Bass, is by his side in the shop. This is a new lifestyle for Bob and it’s evident in the relaxed atmosphere.

I’d like to make a toast to Bob and our readers – cheers to following your passion.

For more information, visit 3parkswine.com or find them on Facebook.

3 Parks Wine Summer Recommends:

Casa Garcia Vinho Verde from Protugal: As the label says, it’s crisp and refreshing. A perfect summer afternoon rose’ enjoyed with friends on the porch, deck or poolside. 3 Parks patrons have returned with smiles to grab an additional bottle or two. $9.99

Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc: This exceptional white from Hawkes Bay New Zealand has everything going for it like rich citrus and fig flavors with a hint of honey and melon. Customers love the truly unique label design and “bottle cap” closure. Winemaker Gabrielle Simmers makes her wine on her family-owned, organic farm, which is what makes it SuperNatural. It’s a 3 Parks Wine best seller. $22.99

Broadbent Vinho Verde: This wine tastes of crisp green apple and white peach with a touch of effervescence. This enjoyable light wine makes a Sunday afternoon special and is a great way to cool down any day of the week. It’s already become a 3 Parks staple. $10.25

Eric Chevalier Chardonnay: Don’t worry. We haven’t forgotten the Chardonnay lovers. This unoaked wine is lighter than a traditional Chard with great citrus flavors and a touch of mineral. Voted best in a tasting with friends at my home, this is a great Chardonnay from a not so traditional location and at a great price. $15.99

Wine by Joe Pinot Noir: At first glance you might think this is a Trader Joes label, but it’s actually produced by Joe Dobbes, a well-respected wine maker with a vineyard in Oregon. This Pinot has delicious aromas of blackberry and spice, followed by a juicy palate and silky texture thanks to the soft, ripe tannins. This is a certified organic wine, and the vineyard’s employees get to decide which charitable organizations they want to support with a portion of the company’s profits each year. $19.30

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.