A Time for Wine will open its second Atlantic City location sometime within the next week, this time at Caesars Atlantic City.
After debuting its first location inside The Quarter at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, Janet Markowicz and husband Chris Tortu, of Chester’s Flowers, and Dino and Vjollta Redzepi, of Monroe Liquor and South End Pizza in Margate, are re-teaming for the Caesars location, which is on the second floor in the former Brandeis Jewelers location near the Ocean Tower elevators and Mia.
“I was walking with (Caesars Entertainment Eastern Division President) Don Marrandino one day and I said, ‘Why don’t you give me a part of your gift shop for the wine store?’ He said, ‘No, but I will give you this location.’ And we took it.”
The new A Time for Wine will be 400 square feet larger than the Tropicana location, with more refrigeration, more varieties of wine, beer, spirits and cigars, and more gifts, including cigar cutters, lighters, ashtrays, wine stoppers and more.
Markowicz is particularly excited about the cigar selection.
“We have been talking to our suppliers, and they tell us we will have more cigar brands and types of cigars than any other place in South Jersey,” she says. “We will have more than 500 in the nine humidors we built for the store.”
The featured cigar will be — appropriately — Julius Caesar brands, which start around $10 each and can go up to $40 or $50, according to Markowicz.
Of course, there will be plenty of wine, with more than 100 varieties ranging from inexpensive to more expensive brands such as Opus One, and A Time for Wine will offer brands from New Jersey, California, Italy, Argentina, France and more.
“We want this store to be even more high end than the one we have at the Trop because we have the space to do it,” Markowicz says.
That mentality will also carry over to the store’s spirits offerings, which will include Louis XIII brandy for $2,500 per bottle, as well as a large selection of craft beer.
“We have dedicated an entire three-door unit to craft beers, plus shoppers will also be able to find other ones that aren’t refrigerated,” Markowicz says.
A Time for Wine features a stunning, masculine decor with wooden floors and cabinets made from a variety of wood types complimented by a $5,000 chandelier and lighting sconces.
“The location just makes sense,” says Markowicz, adding that she would eventually like to expand the franchise. “We are excited about this store because Caesars wants to do a lot of special events in our store and in some of their locations and restaurants, including a Julius Caesar red-carpet event in August.”