Main Street Cellar in Olde Town Elkhorn is a cozy shop providing high-quality wine at accessible price points. From social outings to tastings and classes, the spot is a welcome addition to the west Omaha wine landscape.
Co-owner Chuck Olson gravitates toward bold wines for his own enjoyment, but his love of wine extends beyond the taste. Once he started studying the process, he became enamored with what true artisans can do with grapes to make compelling wine.
According to Olson, price is not the best indicator of well-crafted wine. “Ultimately, the source of the grapes is extremely important,” he elaborated. Terroir, the place in which grapes grow and mature, matters.
Main Street Cellar focuses on west coast wines with a heavy emphasis on Napa and Sonoma but offers a wide range of bottles from $15 selections to highly collectible bottles destined for the cellar.
The shop offers a biweekly selection of flights, typically a pair of whites and a pair of reds, as well as frequent tasting events highlighting featured wineries, appellations, or varietals. The cost of these tastings is typically waived with bottle purchase, making them an excellent opportunity to try something new. Wine club members enjoy benefits such as special events, monthly bottles, and wine locker rental.
A well-curated selection of small plates and dessert items are offered as a nosh to pair with the wines. For purchased bottles opened onsite, a nominal $10 corkage fee is collected and distributed among service staff.
The team at Main Street Cellar is pleased to serve a loyal group of established patrons as well as those popping in for the first time. Future plans include expanded tastings with boutique wine makers, as well as a private label, Main Street, on a Napa blend available only at Main Street Cellar and its sister store Pacific Cellars.
Olson expressed great pride in his staff as he looks forward to the coming months. “We are so excited for the response we’ve had from the community, the support from individuals has been tremendous, and we’re having a lot of fun.”