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#1 Post by M. M c C a l l » April 21st, 2009, 5:22 pm

When I travel, I always want to know two things: what's the BYO policy, and where can I stop in to pick up a nice bottle of wine?

Please use this thread to recommend your favorite local wine shops to other board members.
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#2 Post by M. M c C a l l » April 21st, 2009, 5:26 pm

My favorite places to shop for wine in PDX - Portland, Oregon.

Storyteller Wine Co
5511-B SW Hood Avenue
Portland, OR 97239
P: 503.206.7029
F: 503.206.7032
T/F: 1.800.753.2531
http://www.storytellerwine.com

Many of you know Michael Alberty from eBob or Facebook already, but he's a fantastic resource in Portland. His newsletters are always fun to read, and he's been the source of most of my favorite wine finds since he opened a couple of years ago. If you can eat it or drink it in the Northwest, Michael knows the person who made it and can hook you up. He may very well know more starlets and porn stars than Roberto. Quirky hours, so unless it's Friday or Saturday, get in touch with Michael before you show up. Like Square Deal below, Michael also keeps his store at 55°-60° year round.

Liner and Elsen
2222 NW Quimby St. (off 22nd Ave.)
Portland, OR 97210
503-241-WINE (9463)
800-903-WINE (9463)
http://www.linerandelsen.com

L&E is my favorite "traditional" wine store in Portland. They're open 10-6 every day except Sunday, which makes it easy to pop in on a whim after lunch with Steve somewhere along NW 23rd. L&E is a traditionalist's paradise. They stock wines from all over the world (with particularly strong sections from France, Germany, and Italy) but regardless of region or price-point, they favor non-spoofulated wines.

Square Deal
2321 NW Thurman Portland, OR 97210
(503) 226-9463
http://www.squaredealwine.com

Take your jacket. It's always gloriously cold in Square Deal. On the hottest day of the year, it's still 55° inside the store. By their own description, they're not about trophy wines. They find small production artisanal wines, import them, and sell them themselves (I think). There's also a store-within-a-store: Steve's Cheeses. This is the place for cheese in Portland-- the only place I can find fresh burrata for my tomatoes in August.

Wizer's
330 1st Street Lake Oswego, OR 97034
(503) 636 1414
http://www.wizers.com/cellar.html

Wizer's is a small, family-owned, mini-chain of two supermarkets in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego. The Lake Grove locations is a fine place to pick up a decent weeknight bottle, but the downtown Lake Oswego location has a shockingly nice cellar for a suburban supermarket. Tom, the wine steward, is there most weekdays, but if you're in town and you want something from the cellar (as opposed to off the shelves) it's wise to call ahead. Other employees will try to help, but it's Tom's cellar and only he knows where to find things in the maze down there.

Vinopolis
1025 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 223-6002
http://www.vinopoliswineshop.com

Vinopolis is very conveniently located if you're staying downtown, and they have a huge selection. This is the place in Portland where you're most likely to trip over a case of '00 Leoville-Las-Cases that's stacked on the floor the way other stores stack $8 rosé. My only concern is the temperature. To me, the store always feels warmer than it should.
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#3 Post by Michael Bowden » April 21st, 2009, 5:36 pm

Wine Shops in and around Atlanta, GA - ATL

Ansley Wine Merchants
1544 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA
(404) 876-6790
http://ansleywinemerchants.blogspot.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Atlantic Wine
3906 Roswell Rd NE #C
404-846-5770

Cellar 13
3765 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 816-4071

Pearson’s Wine
3072 Early St NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 231-8752
http://www.pearsonswine.net/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Wine Store (Chris Hinton’s)
8455 Holcomb Bridge Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 641-1900
http://thewinestoreinc.com/new_site/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Tower
Buford Hwy. Store
5877 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340
770-458-3272

Piedmont Rd. Store
2161 Piedmont Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30324
404-881-0902
http://www.towerwinespirits.com/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Wine Gallery & Market
2625 Piedmont Rd NE # 51
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 869-3508
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#4 Post by Jorge Henriquez » April 21st, 2009, 6:37 pm

NYC (Manhattan) shops (Info provided by http://www.drvino.com/newyorkwineshops.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;):

67 Wines & Spirits
Shop with wide selection--including organic and even some under $10
Free shipping in New York State for orders over $99. Frequent events
179 Columbus Ave (@ 67th);
212-724-6767
http://www.67wine.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Appellation Wine and Spirits
Handsome new shop that specializes in organic, biodynamic and artisanal wines.
156 10th Avenue (19th Street)
M 3-10PM; Tu - Sa, 11AM - 10 PM; Su 12 - 7PM.
212-741-9474
http://www.appellationnyc.com/welcome.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Burgundy Wine Company
Specialists in France--nay, Burgundy!--that have free wine tastings 5-7 PM.
Wednesday, with jazz! Prices on the high side but mostly worth it.
143 West 26th Street (between 6th/7th Ave.)
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
212 691-9092
http://www.burgundywinecompany.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

California Wine Merchants
This financial district shop, opened in fall 2008, offers only the wines of...California!
Plus some international offerings as well.
15 Bridge Street (Between Whitehall and Broad Streets)
212-785-7285
http://www.cawinemerchants.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Chambers Street Wines
Excellent small shop that is strong in "natural" wines, German, French and high-end, and older, Italian.
NEW LOCATION: 148 Chambers St.
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
212-227-1434
http://www.chambersstwines.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Crush Wine Co
Beautiful shop. Trendy, great selection but good prices and sharp staff.
Open M- Sa 10AM - 9PM; Su 12 - 6PM.
153 E 57th (bet Lex & 3rd). 212-980-9463
Shelf talkers all staff-written.
http://www.crushwineco.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Garnet Wines
Large store packed with wines; check out some of the best quality
bargains in the city. Website pales in comparison to what's offered.
929 Lexington Avenue (@ 68th St.)
212-772-3211
http://www.garnetwine.com/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Nancy's Wines for Food
Riesling fans can flock here! Well-chosen wines at this UWS institution.
313 Columbus Avenue, (212) 877-4040
Hours: Monday - Saturday, noon - 9; Sunday 12-6
http://nancyswines.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

PJ Wine
Way out of the way but an AWESOME shop. Many values at this
14,000 sq ft store. Great selection from around the world.
4898 Broadway, New York, NY 10034
212-567-5500
http://www.pjwine.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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#5 Post by Ken V » April 21st, 2009, 8:08 pm

There really are no wine shops worth going out of your way for here in the Albany, NY, area, the "Capital District" as we call it.

The only "local" wine shopping I do is in the Berkshires just across the border in Western Massachusetts. There are 2 really good stores, both run by really nice people. Note: No sales tax on wine in MA!

Nejaime's Wine Cellars: http://www.nejaimeswine.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
with 3 locations:

A small one in the center of Lenox.

One in Stockbridge:
Nejaime's Stockbridge Wine Cellar
3 Elm Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3454
(800) 946-3987
swc@nejaimeswine.com
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And their main store on Rt. 7 north of Lenox near Pittsfield:
Nejaime's Wine & Liquor
Route 7 / 444 Pittsfield Road
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 448-2274
(800) 946-3988
info@nejaimeswine.com
Ask for Jim.

I have dealt with these fine folks for 20 years.

A more recent discovery for me is:

The Spirit Shoppe
71 Main St
South Egremont, MA 01258
Phone: 413-528-1490
http://www.spiritshoppe.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Devin Vollmer has taken over from his father over the years. He and his wife, Kathryn, have turned this store into a real desintation.

Both stores have in-store tastings on a regular basis.
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#6 Post by Jim Cowan » April 22nd, 2009, 4:33 am

In Florida, look for Wine Warehouse (16 locations) in all the major cities. It has good variety, the best prices anywhere in the US and at least one staff member who is pretty knowledgeable.
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#7 Post by Dick Krueger » May 1st, 2009, 8:38 am

Susan's Fine Wine and Liquor at the corner of St. Francis and Cerrillos Roads is a store with a good selection of wines from nearly everywhere and a usually good tasting every Friday evening.

Casa Sena Wine Shop in Sena Plaza on Palace Avenue doesn't have as extensive a selection as Susan's, but it's still pretty good. They generally have tasings on the last Thursday of each month.

BYO is nominally illegal in New Mexico.
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#8 Post by Yoni O v a d i a » May 1st, 2009, 11:16 am

K&L Wines
1400 Vine St
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 464-9463

Vendome Wine & Spirits
10600 Riverside Dr
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 766-9593

Duke of Bourbon
20908 Roscoe Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818) 341-1234

LA Wine Co.
4935 McConnell Ave.,
Unit #8
Los Angeles, CA 90066-6756
In California:
310-306-WINE (9463)
Out of State:
800-854-VINO (8466)

I would mention Woodland Hills Wine Co as they have an excellent selection, but there customer service (for the most part,) is crap.
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#9 Post by J e r e m y H@nn@h » May 1st, 2009, 12:06 pm

Here are some of my favs in the OC and one in the IE (Southern California):

Wine Exchange
1500 E. Village Way #2364
Orange, CA 92865
(800) 76-WINEX
(714) 974-1454
http://www.winex.com

Amazing Grapes Wine Store
29911 Aventura
Suites D, E & F
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(888) 299-9463
http://www.amazinggrapeswinestore.com

Hi-Times Wine Cellars
250 Ogle Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(800) 331-3005
(949) 650-8463
http://www.hitimewine.net

Napa Cabs
14702 Central Ave. Unit A
Chino, California 91710
(800) 410-6004
(909) 548-2888
http://www.napacabs.com

La Maison Gourmet (I play hockey with the owner, so I have to give some love)
27772 Vista del Lago, Ste B-15
Mission Viejo CA 92692
(949) 916-4810
http://www.lamaisongourmet.net
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#10 Post by Tony V e l e b i l » May 1st, 2009, 12:47 pm

Paul Marcus Wines
5655 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618 (Rockridge Neighborhood next to Oliveto)
510-420-1005
http://www.paulmarcuswines.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (be aware not internet sales)

Vintage Berkeley (mostly $25 and under wines)
2949 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
510.549.9501
http://www.vintageberkeley.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Premier Cru
5890 Christie Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608
Phone: (510) 655-6691
http://www.premiercru.net" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

K&L Wines
638 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
(415) 896-1734
http://www.klwines.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

D&M Liquors (for Champagne)

2200 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-1325
http://www.dandm.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

DeeVine Wines

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San Francisco, CA 94111
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#11 Post by Michael Alberty » May 2nd, 2009, 11:18 am

I live in the lovely Portland suburb of Tualatin*. I highly recommend Michael Dietrich at the Tualatin Fred Meyer's. When I'm not buying wine from myself, I buy bottles there. Great Rhone selection, particularly CDP.

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#12 Post by Leah Amir » May 3rd, 2009, 10:19 am

I would mention Woodland Hills Wine Co as they have an excellent selection, but there customer service (for the most part,) is crap.

Really? I buy most of my wine from them and they have always been friendly from day one. Their selection and storage of their wines is top notch...

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#13 Post by Daniel McNiff » May 3rd, 2009, 12:05 pm

Orlando, FL:
The Wine Barn
http://www.thewinebarn.net" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

*disclaimer* I helped him get his shop off the ground and Andrew is a good friend of mine [drinkers.gif] *disclaimer*

For a freakishly large selection check out Total Wine, but the prices aren't very good (for wine). For beer and liquor it's killer!

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#14 Post by Jeff Pf0h1 » June 1st, 2009, 11:47 am

Albuquerque:

Quarters Wine Shop at Montgomery and Wyoming
Quarters Wine Shop Westside 505-897-3556

Neither have any true wine knowledge on a consistent basis. Holly on the west side is great and will help with selections. She knows what she knows and doesnt pretend to know more. Love that. Anthony at Montgomery can sell water to a drowning man. A nice guy but a true sales guy. He has the perfect bottle for you, guaranteed. Fun to talk with and I do buy wines from him, but often my own selections.

Montgomery tends to have the _slightly_ better selection, but Westside has lower prices by 10-30%.

Prices tend to be high but you can often talk them down with a bit of work. Anthony will pull up winesearcher and compare their prices to Zachy's or whoever has the highest and claim they are competitive. [beatoff.gif]

Both have cool rooms for storing some of the better bottles. But look at the fills and capsules as some bottles come from elsewhere and then end up there. Not many but some.

10% discount on mixed or full cases.

Kelly's Mountain Run (Eubank and Juan Tabo)
Getting better. No cold room, but the inventory moves so as along as you avoid the bottles in the window [dash1.gif] you're fine. No wine knowledge anywhere to be found, 5% discount on a case.

None of the 3 impress me much as you might have gathered but if you are in NM/ABQ those are the places to be.

AVOID Jubilation. Just walking into the store and you start sweating, a balmy 80F or more.

Susan's in Santa Fe as Dick Krueger mentioned is where I go when up there. Susan is pretty knowledgeable, a nice selection and fair pricing. No cold room but it seems inventory moves through pretty quickly.

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#15 Post by Roberto Rogness » June 1st, 2009, 12:24 pm

If you ever find yourself in Rio de Janeiro (and you really should at some point in your life), don't miss a visit to the temple of Cachaça, Garapa Doida (Crazy Juice!) in Leblon where my friends Antonio and Carolina ONLY sell the really good stuff from Minas Gerais:

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#16 Post by Brian London » June 1st, 2009, 2:27 pm

San Diego -

Third Corner - http://www.the3rdcorner.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - 2 locations, one in Encinitas, the other in Ocean Beach. Nice selection of wines, is also a restaurant. Allows BYO with modest corkage, or you can purchase from them & open with no or very modest charge.

WineSellar & Brasserie - http://www.winesellar.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - (858) 450-9557. See above, with a larger selection and a more formal restaurant. Consistently ranks among top restaurants in SD.

Vintage Wines - http://www.vintagewinessd.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - (858) 549-2112.

Wine Loft - http://www.thewineloft-carlsbad.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - (760) 944-1412. Good selection of California wines, some hard to find bottles.
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#17 Post by Joshua Roberts » June 1st, 2009, 5:56 pm

Center City Philadelphia

Avoid the PLCB. If you can't, I'd recommend the stores at 12th and Chestnut and 19th and Chestnut.

If you have time, drive over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Jersey and go to Moore Brothers. They specialize in smaller producers. Many of their wines are hard to find anywhere else. They specialize in France, Italy and Germany. They have some USA and fortified wines from Portugal.

For the more main stream shops, Joe Canal's on Route 38 in Jersey is good, although cluttered. Same goes for Canal's Bottlestop in Marlton. Good but cluttered.

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#18 Post by M. M c C a l l » June 2nd, 2009, 9:51 am

If you ever find yourself visiting the Oregon coast, stop in at the Nye Beach Gallery Fine Wine. Steve and I visited the place because at dinner the night before, our waiter was exceptionally knowledgeable about wine and mentioned that he worked at that wine shop during the day. Nye Beach is pretty low-key compared to some of the more popular beaches on the coast, but we still didn't expect much from a place that must cater primarily to visitors. On the contrary, we were very impressed. The selection isn't huge, but it's eclectic, well selected, and very well-priced. We left with a couple of bottles of '07 Lapierre Morgon and a couple of splits-- a Sancerre, and an Ott rosé. They have a great selection of picnic snacks, too. I don't remember many prices, but I noticed a 750 of Krug NV for $95.


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#19 Post by M. Dildine » June 11th, 2009, 2:49 pm

Cheese Shop
(800) 828-9463
Ocean Ave & Mission St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

Rancho Cellars
(831) 625-5646
26340 Carmel Rancho Blvd,
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

Costco
801 Tioga Avenue
Sand City, California
93955

Bouche'e Restaurant & Wine Bar
Mission St, Carmel,
(831) 626-7880
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#20 Post by R Callo » June 22nd, 2009, 8:49 am

K V a s t o l a wrote:There really are no wine shops worth going out of your way for here in the Albany, NY, area, the "Capital District" as we call it.
I've never been in either, but have had good luck with web orders from both of the following.

Empire Wines
1440 Central Ave
Albany, NY
http://www.empirewine.com/

Drink the Grapes (physical store may have a different name)
100 Freemans Bridge Road
Scotia, NY
http://www.drinkthegrapes.com/

Both have very good shipping rates, but do not use styro shippers. Not a problem for me as I am close enough to always get them the next day, but a warning for those further away. BTW Drink the Grapes has 10% off on every Tuesday.
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#21 Post by Brett Johnson » June 30th, 2009, 5:33 pm

Closer to Work (Burbank)

Silver Lake Wine
2395 Glendale Blvd.
LA, CA 90039
323.662.9024

Woodland Hills Wine Co.
22622 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
800-678-WINE (9463)

Closer to Home (West LA)

The Wine House
2311 Cotner Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3731

Wally's
2107 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles California 90025
1-888-9-WALLYS

Wine Expo
2933 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, Ca 90404
1-800-WINE EXPO

Twenty Twenty Wines
2020 Cotner Ave.
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.447.2020

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#22 Post by Ken V » June 30th, 2009, 5:54 pm

R Callo wrote:
K V a s t o l a wrote:There really are no wine shops worth going out of your way for here in the Albany, NY, area, the "Capital District" as we call it.
I've never been in either, but have had good luck with web orders from both of the following.

Empire Wines
1440 Central Ave
Albany, NY
http://www.empirewine.com/

Drink the Grapes (physical store may have a different name)
100 Freemans Bridge Road
Scotia, NY
http://www.drinkthegrapes.com/

Both have very good shipping rates, but do not use styro shippers. Not a problem for me as I am close enough to always get them the next day, but a warning for those further away. BTW Drink the Grapes has 10% off on every Tuesday.
Where do you live?

Empire used to be Capital Wines in Albany, but moved out to the burbs. It's generally well run. I only meant that it's the kind of store where you're not that likely to walk in and find some hidden gem.


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#23 Post by Ken V » June 30th, 2009, 5:55 pm

Brett Johnson wrote:Closer to Work (Burbank)

Silver Lake Wine
2395 Glendale Blvd.
LA, CA 90039
323.662.9024

Woodland Hills Wine Co.
22622 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
800-678-WINE (9463)

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The Wine House
2311 Cotner Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3731

Wally's
2107 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles California 90025
1-888-9-WALLYS

Wine Expo
2933 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, Ca 90404
1-800-WINE EXPO

Twenty Twenty Wines
2020 Cotner Ave.
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.447.2020
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#24 Post by R Callo » June 30th, 2009, 7:45 pm

K V a s t o l a wrote: Where do you live?
About an hour away in SW Vermont.
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#25 Post by Ken Rudman » July 7th, 2009, 6:53 pm

Wow, SoCal has a lot of nice shops. A few more:

Mission Wines -- great selection (especially Burgs, Austrian, Cali Pinot, Rhone Rangers), knowledgeable staff
1114 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA‎ - (626) 403-9463‎

Cheesestore of Silverlake -- great selection of small producer wines (and awesome cheese, too)
4400 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA‎ - (323) 644-7522‎

John and Pete's -- eBob board member David Griffith works there and is a good guy
621 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA‎ - (323) 655-5497‎

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#26 Post by RyanC » July 20th, 2009, 1:31 pm

In Denver and surrounding areas:

Applejack (enormous, some good deals, a bit out of the way)
Argonaut (best option near downtown. occasional deals and good daily drinkers)
Primo Vino (terrific shop that i'd go to all the time if i lived closer. killer italian selection, knowledgeable staff, occasional great deals)
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#27 Post by Randy Bowman » July 20th, 2009, 4:09 pm

In Napa, California:

Napa Valley Wine & Cigar
161 Silverado Tr.
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-8696

Wine lounge, enclosed cigar lounge, abuse by Carrie Bowman. CA, WA, OR with some French, Spanish and Italian wines

Backroom Wines
1000 Main St.
Napa, CA 94559
707-226-1378

Very knowledgeable on French wines. Wine tasting bar.

Napa Valley Wine & Cigar, did I mention us yet.

Cal Wine
1313 Main St. (New address)
Napa, CA 94559
707-226-7671

Wine tasting bar.

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#28 Post by Ken V » July 21st, 2009, 7:28 am

Ryan Caughey wrote:Primo Vino (terrific shop that i'd go to all the time if i lived closer. killer italian selection, knowledgeable staff, occasional great deals)
Brad Vanderpool owns that place. I have bought a fair amount of Italian wine from him and some Cali as well. Great guy, great store.
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#29 Post by krehberg » July 21st, 2009, 5:43 pm

Jim Cowan wrote:In Florida, look for Wine Warehouse (16 locations) in all the major cities. It has good variety, the best prices anywhere in the US and at least one staff member who is pretty knowledgeable.
Best, Jim
I used to love Wine Warehouse, but the two North Tampa locations closed and not a great option for me to hit South Tampa. My last visit though..it seems their selection has been reduced. Nice prices however.

While anyone can hit Total Wine or ABC, I don't care for Total Wine's pricing and ABC is hit or miss based upon location, although the store at Bearss Ave and N. Dale Mabry is about the best. My preference for price AND selection is:

B-21 Wine Company

43380 US Highway 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
(727) 937-5049
http://www.b-21.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

B-21 has from what I've seen the best selection of wines in Florida for pretty good prices. Probably weakest with Italian wines, but I don't care much for them anyway.

They also have 6 killer themed tasting each year - August is Pinot Noir from around the world...can't wait!!
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#30 Post by Daniel McNiff » July 24th, 2009, 8:05 pm

krehberg wrote:
B-21 Wine Company

43380 US Highway 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
(727) 937-5049
http://www.b-21.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

B-21 has from what I've seen the best selection of wines in Florida for pretty good prices. Probably weakest with Italian wines, but I don't care much for them anyway.

They also have 6 killer themed tasting each year - August is Pinot Noir from around the world...can't wait!!
Great shop! Went to an Aldo Conterno Granbussia tasting there. Remember being tempted by Burgundy, Riesling, and some Chiantis and Brunellos.

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#31 Post by John Willison » August 11th, 2009, 5:35 am

I was at B-21 a couple of weeks ago and walked away with several bottles.

In this area, top recommendation would be:

Spring Lake Bottle Shop
1400 Third Ave
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Phone: 732-449-5525
http://www.bottleshop.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Knowledgable and friendly staff, and very good selection.

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#32 Post by martinrow » September 11th, 2009, 12:05 am

i have been able to gather all the major wineries from US in my data base

Dotcom Wine & Spirits
23 Crossroads Plaza
6117 West Hartford

Fine Wine House
901 W. Foothill, Suite A
91786 Upland

K&D Wines
1366 Madison Ave
0 New York

these are the ones which i have personally visited, i have more in the list but havent visted all of them
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#33 Post by Veronica Castro » November 5th, 2009, 3:23 am

Great wine recs. Am in NYC rt now and plan on visiting WL, and also Chambers. Thanks for the info, Jorge. How far are Max and Posners shops from NYC?
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#34 Post by azachary » December 1st, 2009, 9:07 am

In Austin, I can recommend the following shops:

The Austin Wine Merchant
http://www.theaustinwinemerchant.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
512 West 6th Street
512-499-0512

Good selection, very knowledgeable staff. They are starting to stock Dressner Imports now that they are coming into Texas. Grower champagnes from Thierry Thiese and Becky Wasserman.

Twin Liquors has a chain of stores throughout central Texas. The quality of the wine selections is almost entirely at the local manager's discretion. For that reason, I like the store at 3652 Bee Caves Road in Westlake. The manager, Peter Gatti, has a broad and deep knowledge of wine and is very approachable. His phone number is (512) 327-0315.

Otherwise, it's a bit of a wasteland, though occasionally Whole Foods or Central Market will have a great wine at a great price.
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#35 Post by CWun » December 14th, 2009, 10:49 am

A short drive from SFO airport is Weimax (http://www.weimax.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) in Burlingame. Small. Family owned. You won't see any shelf talkers with rating points. You won't find many cult wines (but they do have some) here but they do have lots of esoteric QPR wines from all over the world. Easy to find a $8-25 great QPR wine. They have a tasting bar in the back which they randomly comp.
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#36 Post by Al Osterheld » December 14th, 2009, 8:01 pm

I'm also a fan of Weimax, although I now live far enough away that I don't get there often. It's a very personal store, Gerald knows the wines that he sells. Wish I lived closer. I also have fond memories of a winemaker dinner he organized at a restaurant called L'Escargot around the corner on California.

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#37 Post by Daniel Posner » December 19th, 2009, 9:05 pm

Veronica Castro wrote:Great wine recs. Am in NYC rt now and plan on visiting WL, and also Chambers. Thanks for the info, Jorge. How far are Max and Posners shops from NYC?
Veronica,

Grapes The Wine Co is about 25 miles from NYC (15 minutes from Leo's house)

Wine Connection is about 45 miles from NYC.
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#38 Post by michelec » January 20th, 2010, 11:41 am

For anyone looking to buy wine while they are in Florence, Italy, Enoteca Bonatti is definitely the best. A bit outside of the historical city center, but your prices, selection and advice will be way better. If you are in town while the weather is nice, check their site because they have great free tastings every Thursday night.

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#39 Post by Terry H a r r i s » April 3rd, 2010, 9:09 am

Denver, CO:

Another recommendation for Applejack Wine & Spirits http://www.applejack.com/
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#40 Post by TomNitroy » May 5th, 2010, 9:48 am

I am not a New Yorker, but go there a few times a year and always look for wine stores and BYOBs. If you are in the East Village or Lower East Side, two stores I would recommend are:
Tinto Fino on 1st Ave (near 6th St, I think)
For Spanish wine only. They have an excellent, well organized selection and great, friendly service.

Another eclectic store for good recommendations and quality wines on their shelves is September Wines at Ludlow and Stanton. We spent over an hour chatting with folks in there about wines and that is always a good sign.

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#41 Post by Bob Hunnicutt » May 19th, 2010, 4:18 pm

Santa Rosa, CA

Bottle Barn http://www.bottlebarn.com/
If you're in the area wine tasting check here for making your purchases as the prices on many wines are amazing. I find a lots of stuff at 2/3 to 1/2 retail -- now anyways, with the economic problems and people wanting to just move inventory.
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#42 Post by Paul Jaouen » May 19th, 2010, 5:38 pm

John Willison wrote:I was at B-21 a couple of weeks ago and walked away with several bottles.

In this area, top recommendation would be:

Spring Lake Bottle Shop
1400 Third Ave
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Phone: 732-449-5525
http://www.bottleshop.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Knowledgable and friendly staff, and very good selection.
And very high prices.
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#43 Post by Brian Tuite » July 10th, 2010, 3:20 pm

+1 on Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa
http://www.bottlebarn.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
331 Industrial Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-2062
707-528-1161

Along the Russian River in Monte Rio is a small place with big wines called Sophie's Cellars
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Great place to pick up wine before, during and after the summer encampment at the Bohemian Grove.
20293 Hwy 116
Monte Rio, CA 95462
707-865-1122

Over the hill in St Helena is ACME Fine Wines. Awesome unknowns and small lot vintages from well known winemakers and newcomers alike.
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1080 Fulton Ln
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#44 Post by Andrew Gelb » July 11th, 2010, 2:06 pm

Near SFO:

Vineyard Gate Wine Sellers | 238 Broadway | Millbrae | CA | 94030
800.580.8588
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#45 Post by Al Osterheld » July 11th, 2010, 7:43 pm

Yep, Vineyard Gate is a great shop.

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#46 Post by william partmann » July 28th, 2010, 9:24 am

On the Island of Hawaii:

Kamuela Liquors in Waimae/Kamuela is the best on the island.
I have also heard that Grapes in Hilo is very good.
Good- Costco Kailua Kona, Island Gourmet Markt (waikoloa, queens shopping center), Kona Wine Market Kailua-kona, Long Drugs on Pulani (some very interesting things here but mostly plonk)
OK, Safeways

Kauai:
Excellent: The Wine Garden
Good, Costco
OK: Longs, Safeways,

Oahu
Excellent: The Wine Stop,
Good: Costco, Tamura's
Note, Comparatively speaking, Oahu has many very good to excellent shops that I have not visited.

Maui
Excellent: Mr. Wine (Lahaina)
Good: Costco, Safeways

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#47 Post by mikeycook » July 30th, 2010, 10:44 am

I have to drive from NYC to DE on a bi-weekly basis and have been stopping by the following place, which has some of the lower prices I've found (certainly better than NYC prices).

Canal's Bottlestop (Marlton)
10 W.Route 70
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: 1.856.983.4991
Phone: 1.856-983-4991
Fax: 1.856-596-2640

Good selection of California wine, interesting Spanish selections from some lesser-known regions, and a respectable number of Italian and French. Just picked up some Walter Hansel and Brewer Clifton.

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#48 Post by dteng » August 23rd, 2010, 11:19 pm

M. M c C a l l wrote:If you ever find yourself visiting the Oregon coast, stop in at the Nye Beach Gallery Fine Wine. Steve and I visited the place because at dinner the night before, our waiter was exceptionally knowledgeable about wine and mentioned that he worked at that wine shop during the day. Nye Beach is pretty low-key compared to some of the more popular beaches on the coast, but we still didn't expect much from a place that must cater primarily to visitors. On the contrary, we were very impressed. The selection isn't huge, but it's eclectic, well selected, and very well-priced. We left with a couple of bottles of '07 Lapierre Morgon and a couple of splits-- a Sancerre, and an Ott rosé. They have a great selection of picnic snacks, too. I don't remember many prices, but I noticed a 750 of Krug NV for $95.


Nye Beach Gallery Fine Wine
715 Northwest Third
Newport, OR 97365
541.265.3292
Melissa,
Funny you mention this.
I stumbled into this place few years ago walking to the beach.
Literally a basement.
Small, but I have never left without finding/buying a pleasant surprise.
I go there whenever I am in Newport.
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#49 Post by Michael Martin » September 13th, 2010, 4:58 pm

Another good one in Denver is City Wine, Colorado at Alameda.
One of a kinds, hard to finds and QPR's.
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#50 Post by Terry H a r r i s » November 9th, 2010, 6:02 pm

Michael Martin wrote:Another good one in Denver is City Wine, Colorado at Alameda.
One of a kinds, hard to finds and QPR's.
http://www.citywine.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I'll check this place out next time I'm down in Denver. Thanks!
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