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Best wine selection at a wine shop/ liquor store in KC?

In your opinion, KC Chowhounds, who has the best selection of wine in Kansas City? I'm looking for shops, not restaurants. We're hoping to be able to find some of the wines we had in British Columbia, but haven't had much luck yet; granted, I haven't tried that many places yet either.

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  1. You should check out Cellar Rat at 16th and Baltimore in the Crossroads. Great selection and wonderful wine accessories. They also have a very nice selection of charcuterie and food items.
    It's a charming place. It's not a large "super store" type place, but a shop with very well thought out selections. I can't imagine getting a mediocre bottle of anything there.

    1. I always liked Rimann Liquor on 87th in Lenexa and like their newer shop in Prairie Village even better.

      Over the years, I've often found wines there that I'd enjoyed in other parts of the country. Sometimes they can get certain wines for you if you request but Kansas liquor laws are strict and liquor merchants can only order those products that are on the state approved list (unless that law has changed since I last had occasion to have a request denied due to the law).

      An interesting website with info about wine, Rimann's Wine (and Beer, too) Club, and a calendar of upcoming wine events around the metro. Marshall Rimann does a weekly radio show on KMBZ on Saturdays at 1 p.m.

      http://www.rimannliquors.com/index.htm

      I've also had good luck getting interesting wines at Gomer's at 39th and Broadway and at 99th and Holmes.

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      1. re: KCJ

        Rimanns events listing is a year old.

      2. try talking to Alan at Royal Liquor- 103 / State Line- you'll find your luck there

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        1. re: tastebudmagazine

          If that's the same Alan, it's good to hear he's still at Royal at 103rd! I was going to suggest that shop but wasn't sure who was handling wine there now. If it IS the same Alan I knew some time back, he'd been the sommelier at Pierpont's in its early days. Very knowledgeable fellow.

          Some of the other Royal shops are dreadful.

        2. I think there's a Lucas on State Line around 119th or just South of there. If I'm thinking right, they offer wine tasting and small plates in a cafe like setting. If I'm totally wrong the Lucas at 119th just West of Metcalf has a nice selection

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          1. re: chileheadmike

            There's another Luca's just a little east of 135 st/Stateline area in the shopping mall with the Pizza Shoppe(argh, restaurant names that end in "shoppe" irritate me) Gordman's, Michael's and PartyAmerica. When they first opened, they were a tiny bit cheaper than the Lucas on 119 st to get people to come. I'm not sure if that is the case now. It maybe an illusion because the 135 st store is all one big open space as opposed to that split level room for better wines at 119 st, but it seems bigger than the 119 st location.

            Also, we've gotten some really nice wines at good prices at the Missouri Costco. But like many things at Costco, here today, gone tommorow. I think we've spent half our rebate check stocking up on wine alone.

          2. Thanks for all the suggestions everyone... will look into them this weekend!

            1. No luck so far, but I don't think we've checked all sources yet (I put the husband in charge of this project... sometimes you have to delegate ;-)! We've found Jackson-Triggs BC wine, but that was a little further south than we traveled. It's looking like we may have to have it shipped to a liquor store, if we can even do that... I'm still fuzzy on the regulations.

              1. I highly recommend Vino-100 at State Line and Blue River. Michael and Chad will make you feel very welcome! While Vino-100 is a franchise type operation, each store has a great deal of flexibility in what they have in stock; think small batch/artisan brands. Good luck and let us know how you do in your seach!

                1. Give Red X in Riverside a try. Not as classy as some places, but they have a huge selection of wines. They have a wine tasting coming up on 3/29 from 5-7. Gomers in Missouri is always a pretty good bet too.

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                  1. re: WyCo

                    I second Red X in Riverside. I've never failed at finding a particular wine there that I was looking for. Prices are very good too. In most cases, less expensive than Sam's Club.

                  2. The old SunFresh grocery store in Brookside has a great selection of wines and on some weekends they have an expert to help you pick the perfect bottle for your occasion.

                    1. I would strongly suggest going to Cellar Rat at 17th and Baltimore in the CrossRoads Area. The staff is very knowledgeable yet not always hovering over you, they give you tours of the way the wines are grouped in the store. I just got back from shopping there. Only place in that area that has an ample supply of all the New Boulevard Beers.

                      1. There's a new store in the Briarcliff Village just north of the Broadway Bridge that you should see. Rimann Liquor's is a beautiful store and the whole shopping center up there is gorgeous. The guys up there know everything about everything when it comes to wine. They got me a bottle of Kindzmauruli (which I had never seen in the States before). Go check out the wine tastings that they do every weekend. Cool website too! www.rimannliquors.com

                        1. My vote goes to Vino 100 as well! Great selection of wines and single malt scotch with wine tasting every day. Their staff is knowledgable without being snobbish and their wines are unique and value-priced. They claim to have at least 100 bottles under $25 at all times which is a great concept for my wallet! Give them a try when you are out south!

                          1. i would try the Loft and Cellar in Brookside (63rd street, near Pickerman's and the Barkery). it's an antique-y type furniture store upstairs, and downstairs that have a huge selection of wine, and supposedly, the largest selection of beer in town (i think 174 beers, or so). they also have a lot of specialty spreads, mustards, etc (stuff that would go good with your wine/beer)

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                            1. re: mpollmann

                              My latest little discovery is The Wine Cellar located in the Rivermarket a couple doors down from Succotash restaurant. Being a big WINO myself, I had been shopping at Red X (when I could make time to get there) for selection and price and Costco on Main for my everyday wine.

                              Now, I shop at The Wine Cellar when I go to the market to get my food on the weekends. It is a darling little wine shop full of the most interesting and unique domestic and international selections of wines and liquors. The prices blew my doors off, about $6 cheaper than my local liquor store. They also sell a nice selection of cheeses, cigars and Vosges chocolate bars.

                              Sherry Wallis is the owner and she personally tastes and selects all of the wine she carries. You won't find the usual suspects here. Consider this shop full of recommendations and pre-selected wines ready for your tasting enjoyment. Afterall, isn't that exactly what you want and expect a boutique wine shop to offer, too bad so many of them don't seem to fit the bill.

                              The Wine Cellar
                              23 East 3rd Street, In the Rivermarket
                              Kansas City, MO 64106
                              816-471-4477
                              wow707@sbcglobal.net
                              www.wineinthemarket.com
                              Free Wine Tastings on Sat. from 10-3 pm

                              1. re: jvergara

                                jvergara----Thanks for the review. Sounds like an interesting place. I'll have to give them a whirl......

                                1. re: happyhomemaker

                                  Oh good! You should . . .seriously. Well worth a trip downtown for the selection and price. While you are down there, you must go right next door to Argento Italian Gelato and see David or Jerry for the best Gelato in KC. They have a flavor right now called Toratoni, that is like a banana, vanilla, rum gelato with little pieces of coconut cookies crumbled in it. I can't think of anything better. Wish I had some right now. They will let you taste as many as you want until you find the one that suits you best. Try Olive Oil and Turkish Espresso gelato for something different. Yum!

                                  1. re: jvergara

                                    jvergara----Here it's only 11:35 am and my mouth is watering for gelato, lol. I will definitely be making a trip downtown from the Northland. It's not a bad trip at all, just about 20 minutes. My daughter is due home from college in two weeks, she graduated, and I think this sounds like a fun mother/daughter adventure. The Toratoni sounds wonderful. Thanks again for another great review......