In creating Stain, Krista Madsen hoped to provide a home for locals to enjoy a glass of wine and soak in some culture. Madsen refurbished an empty space on Grand Street as a labor of love. She is a novelist and a big supporter of Brooklyn’s artistic community. Entertainment at Stain includes a rotating art gallery, acoustic music performances and live author readings. When she’s not writing, she’s researching wines for the exclusively New York-made wine list. Madsen is always on the hunt for an unusual addition to her line up. She favors either the NY Reisling ($7 a glass/ $22 for a bottle) from Treleaven, a delicate dry wine with a floral character, or the Gristina Cabernet Franc ($10/$30) that she describes as vibrant and bold with hints of black pepper.