The Wine Rack

| March 16, 2011
The Wine Rack.

The Wine Rack.

After 10 years in the stock market, Louisville native John Johnson decided it was time to trade careers.

So he picked up and moved to Colorado where he enrolled at the Cook Street School of Fine Cooking in Denver. Along the way, he picked up a little more than just a taste for fine ingredients – he found an appreciation for fine wine. And like any good drinker, or fine wine, his passion has only gotten better with age.

Johnson took his love of wine and food pairing from Cook Street straight to Frankfort Avenue where he now owns and operates The Wine Rack.

While most people’s passions teeter along photographing wildlife, fly fishing or tying knots in rope (sorry grandpa), Johnson’s passion can help all of us appreciate the finer things in life. With a fabulous assortment of wines and an inviting atmosphere, this is one wine shop where you won’t,  be intimidated by selection.

The Wine Rack is located on Frankfort Avenue.

The Wine Rack is located on Frankfort Avenue.

Let Johnson be your guide through the well-organized grouping of wines based on country of origin. A trip around the world has never been so cheap – or easy to translate!
His vast knowledge of wine and emphasis on maximizing value makes him like your own personal sommelier.

With his “Ten Around $10″ lists, which he posts on The Wine Rack website (, you can be sure to charm, impress or even just hydrate your guests all while keeping in your budget. This is not a go-big-or-go-home type of place. You can have as much of a satisfying experience picking out wine on a beer budget as you will if you had swiped Jay Z’s credit card.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. The Wine Rack also carries frozen food from Lotsa Pasta, artisan bread from Blue Dog Bakery and other Kentucky Proud products, which are a nice pairing to any of the fine spirits you’re sure to come across. Two birds with one stone is my kind of shopping.
More times than I care to admit, I have wandered into a wine shop (sober) awkward, confused and looking for someone to help me pick out which wine will bring out the delicate flavors of my carryout order. Well folks, here it is.

One trip to The Wine Rack and you’ll no longer dread “running out to grab a bottle before dinner.” Johnson is as hands-on in selecting the wines he stocks his store with as he is with making sure every customer leaves completely satisfied.

An 85-year-old renovated building right in the heart of Frankfort Avenue. The new flooring and fresh coat of paint only helps highlight the goods.

No spitting your wine in a bucket; John has all the knowledge to share with none of the snob factor.

This week’s featured wine
Cantina Del Taburno Falanghina, a white wine from Campania.

Interesting Arcana
The Wine Rack participates in the F.A.T Friday Trolley Hop as well as hosts tastings throughout the year.

The Wine Rack
2632 Frankfort Ave.
(502) 721-9148

The Wine Rack’s Ten Around $10

“¢ Conquista Malbec ($7.99)
“¢ Poema Brut & Extra Dry ($10.99)
“¢ Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio ($10.99)
“¢ Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco ($9.99)
“¢ Rayun Carmenere ($8.99)
“¢ Cline Syrah ($9.99)
“¢ Lyeth Fleur de Lyeth ($11.99)
“¢ Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99)
“¢ Line 39 Petite Sirah ($9.99)
“¢ Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio ($9.99)

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Lauren DePaso
Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.

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