Maplewood has a new wine bar and shop. Chateau Maplewood debuted in the neighborhood on April 19, featuring a retail storefront with a rotating selection of international wines by the bottle alongside assorted flights, wine by the glass, and cheese and charcuterie plates to enjoy on premise.
“I love Maplewood and I love the independent storefront,” says owner Brian Hobbs, who previously served as the general manager and beverage director of Bar Les Freres. “There’s a great beer and restaurant community here, and we’re hoping to fill a void with our wine bar and wine shop.”
Chateau Maplewood fills an 800-square-foot space previously occupied by an office supply shop. Gut renovations included restoring the room’s original wood floors and tin ceilings. Another unique aspect of the space is four completely collapsible tables built into the shop’s shelving units, allowing seating for up to 35 guests in conjunction with the bar. Boeker Construction completed woodworking for the space.
According to Hobbs, the rotating retail wine selection currently features around 75 bottles available in a decidedly affordable price range, with another 5 to 10 options being added weekly. Highlights from the current selection include De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay from South Africa, Boundary Breaks Vineyard’s Riesling from upstate New York, and canned Brick & Mortar Rosé from California.
“I feel like wine can be intimidating for a lot of people, so we’re trying to make it as accessible as possible,” Hobbs says. “We can find the right flavor profile and the right price point to make you happy. We’re working with good producers and good people to make sure that the wine shows the characteristics of the farmers, not people who are trying to manipulate wine.”
To pair with glasses of wine and flights available to enjoy on site, Chateau Maplewood currently offers a cheese and charcuterie plate. Additions to the list of snacks will include salads, tacos, housemade meatballs and a couple of desserts.
“If people want to come in before dinner for an appetizer and a glass of wine or after for some dessert and a digestif, that’s where we want to fit in,” Hobbs says.
Chateau Maplewood will host a ribbon cutting event on June 6, featuring one of its distributors, Vinoteca, and the launch of some new food menu items.
“I think that the coolest thing has just been being part of the Maplewood community and meeting the neighbors,” Hobbs says. “Everyone has been so supportive and it’s been really rewarding.”
Chateau Maplewood is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday through Saturday from 11am to 10pm and Sunday from noon to 8pm.
Chateau Maplewood, 7326 Manchester Road, Maplewood, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.899.0105, facebook.com/chateaumaplewood