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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

posted on May 15, 2014
Underdog Wine Co.
review by Doug Frost

Kansas City retailer Ryan Sciara established the Cellar Rat as a big player in the local retail wine scene even though it’s a smaller place than any of its many competitors. Sciara’s new home, Underdog Wine Company, is even tinier. Perched in the nearly century-old Crestwood Shops, ...Read the full review

posted on May 15, 2014
review by Luke Sykora

Bradford Taylor opened Ordinaire while working on his PhD in English at Berkeley, studying the concept of taste in early 20th-century European novels. He modeled the store on the Parisian caves á manger, wine shops that also serve food and drink—establishments Taylor frequented back when he was working ...Read the full review

posted on May 15, 2014
Lou’s Provisions
review by Patrick J. Comiskey

Los Angeles may be one of the largest retail markets for wine in the country, with a cluster of independent mainstays—Wally’s, The Wine House, Woodland Hills Wine Merchant, K&L and others—serving as hubs for collectors and wine lovers alike. But neighborhood stores—such ...Read the full review

posted on July 10, 2013
review by Maria Dimou

Oinoscent, attached to an active wine shop, was one of the first places to spark interest in wine bars, attracting wine lovers as soon as it opened in 2008. Run by the Agapitos brothers and a well-informed team of sommeliers, it boasts more than 700 labels from around the world, a ...Read the full review

posted on December 27, 2012
Oak Barrel
review by Michael Engelmann

I discovered this wine shop the first time I came to Australia on a wine trip with Josh Greene (editor of W&S). During the trip, I’d found a number of rare wines I wanted to bring back to the US to show my friends, and this ...Read the full review

posted on March 15, 2011
Appellation / Le Dû Wines / Wine Therapy
review by Tara Q. Thomas

At press time, the city was restlessly awaiting the late-autumn onslaught of big-name, big-wine-list openings. The Bastianich-Batali crew (Babbo, Lupa, Esca, and so on) is busily compiling Italian bottles for the list at Del Posto in the Meatpacking District, while a few blocks away Zak Pelaccio is assembling Austrian ...Read the full review

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