Palm Beach-based Master Sommelier opens second wine store, this one in Delray Beach

Empowered by the success of her location at The Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, Master Sommelier Virginia Philip has opened a second outpost of her eponymous wine-and-spirits shop in Delray Beach.

The new store, which features a whimsical artist-designed wine mural on an exterior wall, opened Jan. 6 and currently specializes in wine only.

It is in a 705-square-foot free-standing building at 75 SE Fourth Ave., near Delray’s downtown main drag of Atlantic Avenue.

“So many of our (Palm Beach) customers who come up from Boca and Delray always said, `I wish you guys were closer,’ ” Philip told the Daily News.

Of business activity in Delray, she said it’s “on fire!”

Philip’s new wine store “is a really good fit here,” Laura Simon, executive director of the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, told the Daily News. “Good wine and food” will always be a draw considering all of the “great restaurants” in Delray Beach and locals’ interest in epicurean matters, she said.

Philip, who’s also the wine director at The Breakers and the 11th woman in the world to earn a Master Sommelier accreditation, started her wine business in 2011 in downtown West Palm Beach.

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