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posted on September 29, 2017
review by Barbara Haimes

John Rittmaster presides at this Walnut Creek restaurant and wine shop, which boasts one of the Bay Area’s largest and best Italian lists. It’s been the local choice for celebrations since 1974; since Rittmaster took over the wine buying in 1994, has turned it into a destination for wine ...Read the full review

posted on June 15, 2017
review by Jeremy Parzen

A handful of wine bars and restaurants that sell wine at retail have opened and closed in Houston over the last decade, but none has had the impact of Vinology, which opened in late 2016. This West University wine shop/wine bar has ...Read the full review

posted on June 15, 2017
Wine & Company
review by Noah Singerman

Joshua Walker puts the accent on “company” in his new store in downtown Charleston, encouraging customers to hang out in the space. Walker, who worked at Accent on Wine in Summerville, South Carolina, for six years, stocks the shelves with a ...Read the full review

posted on June 15, 2017
Maison Corbeaux
review by Luke Sykora

Kyle Nadeau has built one of the most impressive whisk(e)y collections in San Francisco at Maison Corbeaux: dozens of single-barrel Bourbons from producers like Four Roses and Wild Turkey, coveted old Scotch bottlings including a range from the long-gone Port Ellen distillery, plenty of Japanese whiskeys, plus ...Read the full review

posted on June 15, 2017
57th Street Wines
review by John Lenart

Opened in October 2016 in the space that once housed O’Gara & Wilson, the city’s oldest rare bookstore, 57th Street Wines stands out for a collection of wines as diverse as its Hyde Park neighborhood. Derrick Westbrook, former sommelier at ...Read the full review

posted on June 15, 2017
Park Avenue Wines
review by Kerry Newberry

Frequent trips to London’s Berry Bros & Rudd inspired William Oben and Neil Thompson to open Park Avenue Wines and Bardot Wine Bar in Portland’s downtown urban core. For the ...Read the full review

posted on May 25, 2016
Manhattan Wine Company
review by Chris Struck

Matt Tornabene has run Manhattan Wine Company, a high-end wine storage facility in New Jersey, since 2006; now, with his wife, Kerri O’Brien—a former beverage director at Daniel Boulud’s DBGB—the business has a retail side, housed in the landmarked Terminal Stores Cold Storage building in West ...Read the full review

posted on May 24, 2016
Augusta Food and Wine
review by John Lenart

“Millennials aren’t concerned with seeing familiar labels; they just want to try something new and delicious,” says Shad Martin, the former wine director at Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar who opened Augusta Food and Wine in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood late last year. This excites him, as ...Read the full review

posted on May 23, 2016
Flatiron Wines
review by Luke Sykora

Two years after he helped to open Flatiron Wines in Manhattan, general manager Beau Rapier began to think about moving back to the West Coast. Coincidentally, Flatiron partners Je Patten and John Cohen had been considering opening a second store, and with Rapier as the anchor, they zeroed in ...Read the full review

posted on May 19, 2016
Henry & Son
review by Bill Ward

Gretchen Skedsvold and Mark Henry wanted the sort of wines they used to pick up when they lived in Brooklyn, New York. Since they opened Henry & Son in Minneapolis, it has become a must-stop for locals seeking hard-to-find bottles from small-scale producers—ranging from Broc Cellars in California ...Read the full review

posted on May 18, 2016
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
review by Patrick J. Comiskey

On a leafy street not far from Santa Monica’s boardwalk, Esters Wine Shop & Bar leads a kind of double life. By day it’s a retail space with bottles to take away, by night a wine bar, selling wines off its shelves, as well as barrel-aged cocktails ...Read the full review

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