Wine Shops in or around Baltimore
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.
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.
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.
Let's not forget Wells Discount Liquors on York Road just over the city/county line. Great staff and selection.
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.