“I was, like, a psychotic wine collector,” Crush Wine & Spirits managing partner Robert Schagrin told The Post, noting he detoured from real estate to a showroom full of boutique bottles on East 57th Street.
“I just followed my dream and made it into a reality. It’s five times larger than I ever dreamed.”
Schagrin’s store is a glass-partitioned, climate-controlled temple of wine, with curvy, back-lit shelves that hold more product than a flat wall would accommodate, and a celebrity clientele that includes Rihanna and George Clooney.
Schagrin and others agree it’s a golden age in the city for wine.
“New York is the wine capital of the world,” he said. “The quality of wine and the quality of the stores have gone up.”