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After the beach in Swampscott, stop by the wine store

Wines are shelved by grape varietal at Sea Glass Wine and Beer in Swampscott.

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Wines are shelved by grape varietal at Sea Glass Wine and Beer in Swampscott.

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Michelle Penney has wines from small production vineyards.

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Michelle Penney, 30, fell in love with wine while traveling in Europe one summer. “I always knew I wanted to own a shop,” she says. Her new Swampscott venture, Sea Glass Wine and Beer, overlooks King’s Beach. While the location was under construction, neighbors stopped by with gifts of sea glass foraged from local beaches. The shards now sparkle in glass beakers in the front window, with its sweeping water views of the Boston skyline. Penney fills her shelves with wines from small-production vineyards. “I get to know their stories so I can share them with my customers,” says the retailer, who shelves bottles by grape varietal. “Most people come in knowing the kind of grape they enjoy, but aren’t so sure which country’s wine they prefer. This makes it easier for me to help them pick a bottle they’ll like.” A rowboat built by her late father, who inspired her entrepreneurial spirit, has been transformed into a champagne display. Penney stocks locally crafted beers and a small selection of dips and cheeses. Wine tastings are held most weekends. Come see what she sells by the seashore. Sea Glass Wine and Beer,
130 Humphrey St., Swampscott, 781-595-9463,


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