"I try to carry what isn't found in the grocery stores or pharmacies. I want people to be able to experience different wines. There are just so many wines available."
Anxious to meet the needs of her customers and to help them expand their palates, she said, "Someone may come in this week and try a petite syrah for the first time, then next week they'll want to try a different petite syrah. So I have to stay up on what is going on in the wine world so I can meet people's needs."
The varietals offered for the weekly samplings, from noon to 6 p.m., are announced on the shop's Facebook page, with tasting notes.
In addition to wine, Pauley sells wine paraphernalia, a large selection of vintage glassware (which she collected for years in anticipation of owning her store), and a small selection of Amish cheese. She plans to expand the selection of cheese as she determines what people prefer.
Pauley also provides a gift basket service. She is partnering with other South Charleston businesses and putting together baskets that include items like a bottle of wine, a loaf of local bread, some cheese and other goodies. She said the baskets are the perfect gift idea for someone who isn't exactly sure what to give.
Although Pauley has no current plans to expand to other products, she has had several requests to carry imported beer and said she will consider it in the future.
The South Charleston Wine Shoppe is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SCWineShoppe or at their new website www.scwineshoppe.com. There is free parking in front of the store and additional parking to the side and rear of the building.
Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.