Passion for unique wines

FREE TASTING: John S. Lombardo, right, and Tony Demers are co-owners of Bin 312 on South Main Street in Providence. The wine shop hosts free tastings of off-the-beaten-track wines every Thursday evening. Andrea Nelson, left, foreground, of New York City, and Althea Nelson of Providence taste a rosé from France. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
FREE TASTING: John S. Lombardo, right, and Tony Demers are co-owners of Bin 312 on South Main Street in Providence. The wine shop hosts free tastings of off-the-beaten-track wines every Thursday evening. Andrea Nelson, left, foreground, of New York City, and Althea Nelson of Providence taste a rosé from France. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Neither John S. Lombardo nor Tony Demers had any professional retail or wine experience prior to establishing Providence-based Bin 312 in 2012. But Lombardo, a former chief actuary and chief financial officer in the insurance industry, said he and Demers, who owned an industrial-training-application-design business, had the requisite “passion.” “It turns out it’s not easy…

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