The Boston Licensing Board today granted a package-store license to Wine Riot for its Web 3.0-enabled wine store at 519 Tremont St.
The board accepted arguments from Tyler Balliet and Morgan First that there was a public need for a shop that caters to users who want to help drive their inventory through app-driven reviews and histories of their own drinking habits, coupled with an emphasis on wine education.
The board rejected arguments from older South End residents and Mayor Walsh that that was just the wrong location for yet another wine store and that Tyler Balliet and Morgan First should look to set up shop in some other area, like Newbury Street or Fort Point.
Although the two say they will focus on wine, the new license, if approved by the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, will let them sell other types of alcohol. However, they did agree to a license restriction not to sell nips, pints or single bottles of beer.