The Wine Corner
The Wine Corner was intentionally built to house a wine store in the tropics. All walls are insulated to maintain a constant climatic environment. There is a walk-in Wine Cellar with building specifications of the highest standard, maintaining the optimal temperature and humidity for long term display and storage. We guarantee that our wines have the best care possible of all wines on Maui.
The Wine Corner was the winner of the 2009 Maui Time Award for Best Local Place to Buy Wine. Buying your vino at a specialty store is much more gratifying than heading to the supermarket or the gas station, and Maui Time readers know it. The Wine Corner's rows of top-shelf wine, liquor, and hard-to-find beer will fill out your cocktail party must-have list. Bottoms up!
"We have a temperature-controlled cellar with the high-end wines you can get only at a small wines shop. We are a boutique wine store; we are staying away from what we call 'the usual suspects' — those are wines that one can purchase at the general grocery stores and Costco," White explained.
The store also carries items that pertain to fine wines, such as glassware and cork screws, as well as cigars, a small selection of high-end spirits and some micro-beers. During the holiday season, The Wine Corner will offer a variety of gift baskets.
Brown, who manages the store, and White have been a couple for 24 years. They have two children, Soleil and Gaia.
White has served as executive director for the Paia Youth & Cultural Center (PYCC) for the past 16 years.
In 1999, John Berg, a past board member of the youth center, sold The Wine Corner Paia to the couple.
"Under our ownership, we expanded the wine selection, and in 2006 relocated the store to the old Paia General Store Building. The Paia store won the Paia Main Street award in 2007 for best interior design," she said.
"The Paia store has a temperature-controlled wine cellar and is also known statewide for its amazing selection of micro-beers. It is a very popular store known by both tourists and North Shore residents."
"We have expanded the wine selection to feature more of a complete spectrum of wines as to cost. We have value wines and allocated wines. We want everyone on Maui to know whatever your budget, you can find a wine at our store," White commented.
The Wine Corner seeks out rare, interesting, and popular wines through clientele, magazines, travel, and the distributors.
"We are offering to all of the public who order large purchases - by the case - a substantial discount," she concluded.
The store is open seven days a week, even on holidays. Call 579-8904 for information.