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Jan 10, 2007 11:29 PM

any big wine store in brooklyn?

im lookin for a good, huge selection wine store in brooklyn, i like henrick in bay ridge, but i still thinking it's a bit too small & too little of selection, any other choices? i used to live in NJ for the last 2 years, their wine store usually is nice & big tho, i love california & washington wines a lot. any suggestion?

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  1. Red, White, and Bubbly on 5th ave. in Park Slope?

    1. Why do you need a "big store"?
      The biggest one I know of of any quality is Heights Chateau, but there are so many great middle and small size stores in Brooklyn, each with different strenghts and weaknesses.How many choices do you possibly need?

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      1. re: jason carey

        the reason why im asking that, because there are a few particular wine im currently lookin for but i really couldnt find it anyway in brooklyn... there are a few brands from california no one seems to carry... i have been to at least 5 local wine stores but no one could order those for me either.

        i dont wanna to go to the city to get a few btl of wines.

        btw, where is heights chateau?

        1. re: nycbuddy

          What are you looking for specifically? Maybe one of us has seen it somewhere. Heights Chateau is between henry and clinton on atlantic.

        2. re: jason carey

          Totally agree with Heights Chateau, probably the best wine store in BK. Plus they have a great organic section.
          On the other side of town I have fallen in love with Gnarly Vine on Myrtle, Bryan is super friendly and they have a great selection at all price points.
          Red White and Bubbly, Smith and Vine, and many other neighborhood spots are great. Although I'm not in love with Green Grape in FT. Greene.

        3. It's probably not huge by Jersey standards, but Heights Chateau has a pretty good selection of California and Washington wines. Atlantic, between Henry and Clinton.

          1. big does not mean well stocked or knowledgeable, conversely small does not mean acommodating or resourceful, finally Brooklyn is a big place - where are you looking? The downtown area (Slope -> Dumbo) has quite a number of wine shops, and every 'liqour' store in the area is removing their bullet proof boxes/cages and tryitg to enhance appeal, so its a buyers market.

            In my un-scientific survey once you go south and west (Kensington, Bed-Stuy) I can't really comment until you get to the 'Bays (Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island) out there there are a number of HUGE russian owned liqour stores, which though they look like your dad's "Best Buy" actually have amazing selections. Specifically a place neaar Totonnos on Neptune and 10th (?)

            Hts Chateau seems to deal with the importers/merchants that i see in many wine stores of the same caliber. Try to find out who the distributor/merchant is that handles the product you are looking for and contact them for retailer locations.

            Do your brands/wineries have websites or emails? you could drop them a query for distributors, do you have an old bottle? you should see an importer/merchant stamped somewhere on there.

            Hope this helps

            1. Slope Cellars in the Slope – 7th Ave bet 14th & 15th. Not enormous, but a very ample selection of wines and spirits, very knowledgeable staff, reasonable prices and great in-store tastings. They also have a discount card for frequent customers which I like.

              On the hand there’s a liquor store in Cobble Hill – Court and Baltic I think? – that still has the bullet-proof cocoon in place. You point to what you want and they give it to you through some type of hyperbaric chamber. I throw back to when the neighborhood was a bit grittier and not infested with transient yuppies. So if you’re looking for Cisco, Night Train or some Wild Irish Rose this is your place.

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              1. re: MShapiro

                do you by any chance know the name of the place that sells cisco?