A new shop in the Shaw neighborhood offers a variety of artisan products for visitors to peruse. Wild Olive Provisions debuted on Nov. 21, specializing in Australian and Californian wines alongside a selection of craft beer, spirits, cheeses, deli meats, charcuterie, bread and locally sourced products and gifts.
The concept comes from neighborhood residents Scot Martin and Nerida Wilbraham, an Australia native who previously owned her own gourmet sauce company. The husband-and-wife duo, who are frequent visitors to the Dry Creek Valley wine region in California, met in Sydney, Australia and previously lived in San Francisco before moving to St. Louis in 2006.
“We just felt that the neighborhood was ready for something like this,” Wilbraham says. “We thought it’d be nice to be able to walk somewhere and be able to get some nice cheese cut to order and a bottle of wine, for either dine-in or to take home. The neighborhood has really embraced it.”
The 1,200-square-foot corner store was designed by the duo themselves, inspired by the feel of a European cheese shop. Exposed brick is juxtaposed with shades of blue throughout the room, and Boos Block butcher block countertops are featured throughout. Shelves come stocked with everything from chocolate truffles, chutneys and freshly baked baguettes to Missouri-made spirits and unique Australian wine blends.
“We’re working very hard to have most of the wines be from small family-owned wineries, and we’re working with boutique distributors that understand our vision,” Wilbraham says. “We’re also very focused on having a price point for everyday wine.”
While the core selection will always be Australian and Californian wines, additional options will also be available including some Midwest and European-made bottles. In-store highlights include some of Wilbraham’s personal favorites: Meyer Family Cellars 2013 Syrah with flavor notes that include a burst of ripe huckleberry, blueberry and plum as well as Dandelion Vineyards Shiraz-Riesling – a deep red with hints of violet.
Rotating wine by the glass will also be available to give regular guests the opportunity to try different varietals. Additional selections to enjoy on site include an artisan cheese board, a charcuterie board, braunschweiger and toast, and a chicken terrine.
Cheese selections include popular items such as Kentucky Moon – a type of Swiss cheese with a sweet, creamy consistency – from Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese based out of Kentucky. The shop also carries products from vendors including St. Louis’ own Salume Beddu and Williams Brothers Meat Market based out of Washington, Missouri.
“We’re excited to be able to provide a gathering place for people in the neighborhood who enjoy nice wines, fresh cut cheese and the ability to grab some items to take to the park for a picnic or enjoy at home,” Wilbraham says.
Wild Olive Provisions is open Wednesday through Thursday from 11am to 6pm, Friday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Wild Olive Provisions, 2201 S. 39th St., Shaw, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.300.8089, wildoliveprovisions.com