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Wine, spirits, events space now in Town of Livingston

August 14, 2015

Livingston Cellars specializes in wine and distilled spirits and is next door to an events space named the Cellar Door that is perfect for dinners, cocktail parties and other occasions.

Livingston Cellars and Cellar Door are the most recent additions to the newly recreated Town of Livingston at the intersection of Mississippi highways 463 and 22. The store is next door to Livingston Sweet Shoppe and looks out on the town square.

Featuring new buildings in the style of the 1880s when Livingston served as Madison County’s first county seat, the Town of Livingston includes two restaurants, a mercantile store, barber shop, a sweets shop and cooking school.

Livingston Cellars is reminiscent of the era of mercantile stores and, because of that, all its wares are displayed so they’re easily seen when a customer walks in the door, said Mitchell Earrey, store manager and sommelier. Ben Conn is assistant store manager.

“Our staff has aprons that we wear to pay homage to that part of history,” said Earrey, who has worked in Jackson at The Manship, Uncorked Catering, and Parlor Market.

Earrey said store proprietor Laura Torrence and her husband Cliff, who live nearby in Flora, liked the development and the thought behind it. They own both Livingston Cellars and the Cellar Door, which are two separate businesses. “They fell in love with this area and wanted to be part of it,” he said.

Demographics of the surrounding area and a casual survey of alcoholic drinks that are popular at local restaurants helped Earrey determine what liquors and wines should stock the shelves. Livingston Cellars stocks about 500 different labels, he said.

“Vodka is the most popular spirit and right behind are whiskeys,” he said. “Vodka is easy to drink, easy to mix with and something familiar.”

Earrey said he can help customers who may be new to wine, those who want help selecting wines to pair with particular foods or anyone who has a question about anything the store sells.

“It’s helpful to go into a store and have someone with a frame of reference help you,” Earrey said. “We want to be that place that can help.”

A recent customer inquired about gluten-free vodka and the store has that, he said.

Earrey said he plans to do research and see if he can find a gluten-free wine. Many wines contain clarifying agents that contain wheat, and barrels used to age wine often contain wheat paste, he said, all of which would make the drink unsuited for someone who can’t tolerate gluten.

Cellar Door, the events space located next door to Livingston Cellars, can hold about 70 people at a seated dinner or 150-200 people at a cocktail party, Earrey said.

The space has concrete stained flooring and walls decorated with framed mirrors and includes a full prep kitchen, he said. A 92-inch projection screen and projector will be added, which will be available for presentations in the space, he said.

An open house is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. each Thursday at the Cellar Door, Earrey said. The space may also be viewed by appointment. For more information, call (601) 879-3671.

Original Article: http://www.clarionledger.com/story/money/business/2015/07/29/wine-spirits-events-space-now-town-livingston/30832211/

Contact Nell Luter Floyd at nellfloyd@bellsouth.net.

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