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mcattrone Aug 20, 2007 06:27 PM

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. Chowtimore RE: mcattrone Aug 20, 2007 06:46 PM

    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.

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      hon RE: mcattrone Aug 21, 2007 05:40 AM

      Definately The Wine Source in Hampden
      www.the-wine-source.com

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        rawdog RE: hon Aug 21, 2007 06:10 AM

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

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          hon RE: rawdog Aug 21, 2007 06:19 AM

          and awesome weekly tastings!

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          maddogg280 RE: hon Aug 21, 2007 08:01 AM

          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.

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            Pool Boy RE: hon Aug 21, 2007 10:57 AM

            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

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            jkosnett RE: mcattrone Aug 21, 2007 10:39 AM

            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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              Hal Laurent RE: jkosnett Aug 21, 2007 11:02 AM

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

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                ericaw RE: jkosnett Aug 21, 2007 11:14 AM

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

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                  Hal Laurent RE: ericaw Aug 21, 2007 12:01 PM

                  "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.

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                    pigtowner RE: Hal Laurent Aug 21, 2007 02:04 PM

                    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.

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                      profjmm RE: pigtowner Sep 4, 2007 01:25 PM

                      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.

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                      Pool Boy RE: Hal Laurent Aug 21, 2007 02:30 PM

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

                      www.roguefood.com

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                  bon_vivant RE: mcattrone Aug 21, 2007 11:10 AM

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

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                    Sop RE: mcattrone Aug 22, 2007 09:43 AM

                    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.

                    1. crosby_p RE: mcattrone Sep 6, 2007 05:39 AM

                      Beltway Fine Wines and Liquors on Loch Raven at Joppa...wonderful selection...and the hard stuff too! Closed on Sundays, and CROWDED on Saturday!

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                        amethiste RE: crosby_p Sep 6, 2007 08:17 AM

                        I second the Beltway Fine Wines and Liquors recommendation. Make sue you get on their mailing list as they send catalogs with coupons in them periodically. They also email coupons as well. Check out the "Wine Team Picks" section. I always come up with great wines for good prices. Corridor Fine Wines and Spirits in Laurel are owned by the same people. The store has gone through a major renovation and seems to be a bit larger than Beltway. Corridor is located in Anne Arundel County so I believe they are open on Sunday as well.

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                          pomme de terre RE: crosby_p Sep 7, 2007 12:28 PM

                          Agreed, Beltway Fine WInes and Liquors is worth the drive. Their wine selection is very geographically diverse so I think you'll find the West Coast stuff you're missing.

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