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posted on June 10, 2015
Chevalier Wines
review by Ryan Arnold

After 15 years at Chicago’s venerable Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe, Kevin Mohalley opened his own Chevalier Wines in the Noble Square neighborhood. The store has an old school wine merchant feel, with only a small selection of wines on display; the rest are stored in the temperature-controlled, 8,000-square-foot basement. While ...Read the full review

posted on June 9, 2015
Valley Wine Merchants
review by Kerry Newberry

At Andrew Turner’s Valley Wine Merchants in historic downtown Newberg, you’ll find more than 200 Oregon pinot noirs—the largest selection in the Willamette Valley—in addition to wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Napa and Sonoma. For the last decade, Turner managed the Ponzi Wine Bar in Dundee; before ...Read the full review

posted on June 8, 2015
Heinen’s
review by Douglass Trattner

For proof of Cleveland’s revitalization, one need look no further than the recent opening of Heinen’s Fine Foods, a longstanding Cleveland grocer that operates two dozen suburban stores in the Midwest. The grocery is the first urban location for the company, and the building alone is impressive: ...Read the full review

posted on June 5, 2015
The Hawthorn
review by Jim Robbins

Nineteenth-century miners once panned for gold in Last Chance Gulch, which later became a thoroughfare in downtown Helena, Montana. Jill Roberts, a former New York sommelier, partnered with Colleen Casey to open the Hawthorn Bottle Shop and Tasting Room, not in the ruins of a gold camp, but in ...Read the full review

posted on June 4, 2015
Martin Wine Cellar
review by Sara Roahen

To say that the reopening of Martin Wine Cellar’s fl agship store in Uptown last winter was a long time coming would be like saying that a red Bordeaux rewards aging. Founded in 1946 and expanded over time to cover most of a block, Martin’s was a victim ...Read the full review

posted on June 3, 2015
Bay Grape
review by Luke Sykora

In August 2014, husband-and-wife team Josiah Baldivino (former wine director at Michael Mina) and Stevie Stacionis (who handled communications for Laura Maniec of New York’s Corkbuzz Wine Studio) breathed additional life into Oakland’s already-bustling food and drink scene by opening Bay Grape, a delightfully personal store a block ...Read the full review

posted on September 30, 2014
Kingston Wine Co.
review by Erin Carr

In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, Kingston was briefly named the first capital of New York. Ninety miles north of New York City, at the base of the Catskills, Kingston is once again an up-and-coming Hudson Valley town, luring people from the city with its mix of antique stores, live ...Read the full review

posted on August 29, 2014
Back Label Wine Merchants
review by T.Q.T.

Bucking the trend of the microboutique wine shop, Patrick Watson and Michelle Pravda have taken over a former suit-sales warehouse in Chelsea and filled it with wine. At over 3,000 square feet, it’s exponentially larger than Smith & Vine, the Brooklyn wine shop that launched them to local fame. ...Read the full review

posted on May 15, 2014
Cellar Door at Canoe
review by Carson Demmond

Canoe wine director Matt Bradford had long noticed a lack of inspired bottle selections at the retail level on his side of the Chattahoochee, so late last year, he took over the space of a Chinese noodle joint nearby. In collaboration with the owners of Canoe and Aria restaurants, ...Read the full review

posted on May 15, 2014
Pairings Portland
review by Kerry Newberry

Jeff Weissler left a wine career in New York to move to Oregon and launch consciouswines.com, a website dedicated to sustainable wines. Now he’s opened Pairings Portland Wine Shop, the city’s only shop devoted to natural wines. In ...Read the full review

posted on May 15, 2014
The Bottle Shop
review by Erin Murray

A substantial tasting bar dominates the front of the Bottle Shop, a sign that owners Lisa and Dave Coviello are serious about offering an educational experience alongside their wines. In addition to the frequent in-store tastings, they’ll open almost any bottle requested. Chalkboards and corkboard-pinned notes sit above ...Read the full review

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