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Helen's Wines at Jon & Vinny's blends curated finds with a sense of humor

Helen's Wines at Jon & Vinny's blends curated finds with a sense of humor

The wine shop at the back of Jon & Vinny's on Fairfax Avenue, the new red sauce Italian restaurant from the chefs behind Animal and Son of a Gun, is about the size of a walk-in closet. And yet the 6-by-8-foot space holds a whole world of wine. Open the door and it's like walking into someone's private cellar, albeit with prices and comments on the bottles and a faded kilim rug on the floor. A sign explains, "Retail prices: Look on the back of the bottle. Dine-in prices on wine list. #itscomplicated." As a visitor reads this out loud, Helen Johannesen, whose shop this is, whoops with laughter. "We try to keep a sense of humor about it." ...

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