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After two years of getting Chestnut Hill tipsy, The Urban Grape is making good on its name: in late September, the wine, beer, and spirits boutique will open a second location in Boston proper, setting up shop at 303 Columbus Avenue in the South End. Husband-and-wife team TJ and Hadley Douglas are maintaining fan favorites like their EnoRound Elite Tasting Machine, which allows imbibers to sample 16 wines, and their newb-friendly Progressive Shelving system, based on the body of the wine rather than varietal or country of origin. But with 2,100 square feet, they now have more elbow room. “We’re giving a lot of real estate to beer,” says Hadley Douglas, who plans on a 400-strong selection with lots of local brews. Size matters on the wine front, too: oenophiles can expect more portion options, from half-bottles up to magnums and three-liter offerings. But the centerpiece is the store’s 14-foot-long butcher-block tasting table, a sign of its continued focus on hosting unique events. (Mark your calendar for October 14, when chefs Seth Morrison of the Gallows and Michael Scelfo of Russell House Tavern will face off in an old-school vs. new-school showdown, serving competing courses while hip-hop beats and perfectly paired Old World and New World wines flow.) The prospects seem pretty intoxicating.