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Raise A Glass To The New Wine Shop 

Andrew Rubenstein and his right-hand man, 1-year-old Brodie, welcome shoppers to the Cold Spring Harbor Wine Shoppe

From the first day it opened its doors, the Cold Spring Harbor Wine Shoppe has had a bewitching effect on Cold Spring Harbor.

It turns out that Andrew and Heather Rubenstein, of Glen Head, opened their doors Oct. 24, the same night as the annual Witches’ Night Out. And it turns out Cold Spring Harbor’s witches really like Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, a popular complement to seasonal pumpkin beers. So much so that they cleaned him out of the stuff – not a bad welcome to the neighborhood.

The Rubensteins opened up the shop last week after a nine months of working on the Cold Spring Harbor Wine Shoppe, which Andrew said draws inspiration from Vermont, where his family has a home near Sugarbush Mountain in Warren, Vt. So too does Cold Spring Harbor, where he chose to set up shop at 84 Main St.

“There are a lot of shops with a similar vibe – small boutiques, personable and different stuff,” he said.

Andrew’s journey to becoming a small business owner started in the restaurant industry. He worked for his father and developed an appreciation for food and spirits.

“I got into wine – I became a foodie,” he said.

Wine selections at the store range from $12 to over $300, with a special table carrying choices priced under $20. Andrew said his selections include Long Island wines like Wolffer’s and Duck Walk. He’s headed up to the North Fork soon to investigate more Long Island vineyards.

“It’s very popular,” he said of Long Island wine.

A small, but expanding selection of liquor is also available, with a focus on New York products.

Andrew said he’s now looking forward to becoming a part of the Cold Spring Harbor community – and that includes his trusty canine assistant, 1-year-old Brodie.

“I want it to be comfortable for people to come in and taste wine,” Andrew said. “I want people to get to know me.”

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