295 Main Street, Chester, Vt.
Meditrina is attracting new locals and enjoying the energetic vibe in their high foot-traffic location near the Chester green. The wine, beer, and cheese shop moved in late May into the former Moon Dog Café space, coming from their former location near the Chester Post Office. Owners Amy and Justin Anderson have since been hard at work not only setting up the wine shop, but they also have big plans to complete their renovation and open a full-service restaurant. Things are moving ahead with permitting and approvals well underway. Still, according to Amy, they are months away from the restaurant space being finished.
The charm and ambiance of the shop itself is lovely, and the magic of Meditrina has always been in their expertise, their superb, constantly evolving wine selection, and their enthusiasm as they point their visitors to an excellent selection. According to Amy, “I love family vineyards, estate vineyards, smaller, those that are sustainably farmed or organic, [those vineyards that practice] conscious wine growing…so that’s what I tend to focus on. There are amazing wines out there that use all of those practices.”
Meditrina does wine tastings every other Wednesday and sometimes on the weekend. “It’s a great opportunity to introduce new wines, or different grape varietals that nobody knows,” Amy said. She enjoys broadening her customer’s palate so they can experience new tastes they wouldn’t ordinarily try. The next wine tasting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1.
They also have a large selection of hard to find craft beers from Vermont and Maine, and they carry many ciders as well. Their cheese selection may be limited, but the selections are excellent and Amy has her pairing recommendations for any customer looking for guidance.
Although Meditrina may miss the former Route 103 location, Amy is confident that good things are ahead. “The new location has been really well received, and once the restaurant is up and running it will be more of a destination.”
The Meditrina website is currently down and is in the process of being revised so follow their Facebook feed to find out the latest. Meditrina’s hours are Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.