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Wine Shops in or around Baltimore

All,

Foodie/Wino moving to Canton from Portland, Oregon. Wanted to get the low down on wine shops in Baltimore. It looks like I'll be able to get French, Italian and Spanish wines for cheaper but I'll take a hit on West Coast wine. Just wanted to get the feel for the local Wine scene in Baltimore.
Thanks!

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  1. If you want to stay in the city...

    Chesapeake Wine Co. in Canton
    Bin 604 in Harbor East
    The Wine Market in Locust Point

    All have friendly and knowledgeable staff and the selections are pretty good. Chesapeake Wine and the Wine Market also have restaurant sections.

      1. re: hon

        Yup. Very reasonable prices, good selection for the space, and I doubt you will find friendlier service then at the Wine Source.

        1. re: rawdog

          and awesome weekly tastings!

        2. re: hon

          Wine Source is FANTASTIC!
          But, if you don't want to travel that far, Chesapeake wine co. is a great alternative, and they have very friendly, helpful staff. It's also a great place to grab a bottle, sit down and eat and nosh with neighbors.

          1. re: hon

            Not that I get in to central Balto that much, but I appreciate the tip on this place. I'll have to check it out. Any other good food related places nearby to check out too?

            www.roguefood.com

          2. The Wine Source in Hampden is outrageous. They are closed on Sundays, in which case I would recommend as #2 either the Wine Market or Bin 604. In the suburbs, Calvert in Hunt Valley Towne Center (also closed on Sunday) is fine.

            The Wine Source is also about the best place I've even seen for beer. I think they have every craft beer and unusual (read: dark and heavy) import on earth. If you want to try a Lithuanian porter, this is your place! And they sell 'em in singles so you can try and then decide.

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            1. re: jkosnett

              I don't think Bin 604 is open on Sundays either.

              1. re: jkosnett

                All liquor stores (except package stores) are closed on Sundays. I'm a Bin604 fan. Very nice staff.

                1. re: ericaw

                  "All liquor stores (except package stores) are closed on Sundays"

                  That's true in Baltimore and Baltimore County, but not necessarily everywhere in Maryland. For instance, there are a lot of liquor stores open on Sunday in Anne Arundel County.

                  1. re: Hal Laurent

                    Wine Market is definitely open on Sundays. They don't have a huge selection, but super convenient since no one else is open.

                    Except during Sunday at home Raven's games, where a bunch of places seem to get "special permits" to be open.

                    1. re: pigtowner

                      Chesapeake is also open on Sundays and they have an interesting selection. They also have a good selection of wines available by the glass at their bar and their by the glass menu always includes some of their more unusual offerings, like Slovenian wine.

                    2. re: Hal Laurent

                      Ditto for Prince George's county places and Howard County places, too.

                      www.roguefood.com

                2. Let's not forget Wells Discount Liquors on York Road just over the city/county line. Great staff and selection.

                  1. Three yrs ago, we spent a week in and around Portland. Loved it. You'll miss the affordable fine dining and plethora of wine bars, brewpubs, and coffee joints.