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Best Wine Stores In DFW

September 26, 2013 5:00 AM

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While you can buy a bottle of wine just about anywhere, finding places that offer a great selection, along with knowledgeable and friendly service, is not as easy as it may seem. Instead of choosing wines based upon familiarity or price, let these DFW wine stores guide you
through an exciting wine-worthy adventure where you will find some great buys along the way.

Pogo’s Wine & Spirits
5360 W. Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 350-8989
www.pogoswine.com

With an ever-changing inventory of exciting esoteric selections, killer wine sales and weekly wine tastings, it’s no wonder that this wine and spirits shop has been the go-to spot for Dallas oenophiles for over two decades. Whether you’re looking for well-known wines or rare hard-to-find vintages, Pogo’s will either carry it or find it for you. Owner Harris Polakoff is as passionate about pleasing his customers as he is about his wine. Polakoff says that when it comes to selecting wine, it’s all about finding his customers’ comfort zones and he always tries to offer the best quality wines at whatever price point they have. With an inventory of around 3,000 bottles, you can find everything from a $8,500 magnum of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild to a fantastic selection of tasty wines for $10 to $30 that will certainly impress even the most discerning dinner party guests.

Reserve Wines
5910 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 139
Irving, TX 75039
(972) 373-9463
Reserve Wines Website

If you are not a wine aficionado yet, you will be once you visit this extraordinary wine boutique—specializing in hidden wine gems from across the globe. The shop hosts fun wine education classes and free weekly wine tastings, catering to both novices as well as seasoned connoisseurs. Although you can request the shop to order any wine you desire, Reserve Wines focuses on low-production wines from single-vineyard estates located around the globe. Store manager and in-house sommelier Michael Morelli samples all of the wines that the store carries and says that some of his favorite picks are the organic pinot noirs and chardonnays crafted by Guy Davis of the Davis Family Vineyards in Russian River Valley, CA. “In the end,” says Morelli, “we always, always, always buy wine for quality first, then look for the best possible value for the customer within that class of high-quality wine.”

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Corner Wines
4017 Preston Road, Suite 535
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 403-9463
www.cornerwines.com

Not only do owners Jim and Lynda McDevitt hand select and taste each of the 400 unique artisan wines they showcase in their lovely shop, they also enjoy sharing their wine passion and knowledge with their customers. While you can find wonderful high-end varieties here, the shop also carries an impressive selection of wines priced in the $12-$25 range. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Not a problem, the McDevitts will search high and low to locate it. Customers can also swirl and sniff their way through the twice-a-month tastings, monthly wine educational classes, or fine tune their wine tasting skills by traveling with the McDevitts on yearly wine tours around the world. Whether you want to learn all about wine or just want to find a great bottle to drink, the McDevitts’ main priority is giving their customers an enjoyable wine experience.

Put A Cork In It
2972 Park Hill Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 924-2675
www.putacorkinitwine.com

This beloved wine shop always carries the most recent releases, as well as a collection of obscure wines from lesser-known vineyards. With a focus on value as much as selection, you’ll find that around 75 percent of the 400 different labels carried here are priced under $25. Thursdays through Saturdays, the shop offers free wine tastings, some of which are hosted by the actual vineyard owners and winemakers. Whether you’re looking for a wine that gives you the best value for your buck or a limited edition Malbec, owners Chris and Deedra Keel will expand your wine palate and point you in the right direction.

Total Wine & More
5200 S. Hulen St.
Fort Worth, TX 76132
(817) 292-2503
www.totalwine.com

This place isn’t exactly your small neighborhood wine purveyor. In fact, Total Wine & More is the country’s largest wine retailer offering around 8,000 different wines from every wine-producing region in the world. The store offers customers plenty of chances to learn about the huge selection of wines with free wine tastings on Thursdays through Saturdays, as well as weekly wine classes for $25. You won’t find the specialty boutique wines that the smaller shops specialize in, but what you will find is an overwhelming choice of wines that hit every price point on the scale and a friendly, knowledgeable staff who is more than willing to help guide customers to what they are looking for.

Ilene Jacobs is a freelance writer living in Dallas, Texas. Ilene enjoys writing about a variety of topics, ranging from food, fitness and travel, to kids, pets and senior care. You can find some of her work at Examiner.com.

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