Zula is a project with two Brooklyn musicians
Comedian and actress Amy Poehler is behind a new wine store that recently slid into Park Slope called Zula Wines & Spirits.
Zula opened a few weeks ago at 487 Fifth Ave., between 11th and 12th streets, in the former space of Acme Wines & Spirits. Free wine tastings are held every evening, and local delivery is free, too. The shop has a “big” collection of bottles under $13, as well as higher-end options, Poehler says. The cheaper bottles are meant to cater to a neighborhood crowd looking for a “very good bottle” that won’t “break a bank,” she adds.
The shop sells red and white wines from several European countries, from France to Austria, as well from South Africa, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. Some American wines are thrown into the mix, and the sparkling options reign from France, Italy, and the U.S. Craft spirits can also be found.
Poehler tells Eater she partnered with longtime friends and married duo Amy Miles and Mike Robertson to open the store, saying the three of them had talked about starting something together “for a long time.” While she spends most of her time in Los Angeles now, Poehler says she’ll visit the wine shop whenever she’s in town.
“I enjoy a grüner,” she says. “I’m more of a white-wine gal, but honestly, I’ll just drink whatever Mike recommends to me.”
Miles and Robertson, both musicians, have deep experience in the wine retail business. When the Brooklyn real estate opportunity came up, they took it. Poehler met Miles on the set of Wet Hot American Summer, a 2001 comedy that was later turned into a series by Netflix.
Coincidentally, Poehler just finished shooting a new movie called Wine Country. “I’ve been surrounded by wine,” she says.
For the month of December, buyers can get 10 percent off their purchase of six bottles from the $13-and-under section. Zula is open daily from 12 to 9 p.m.