Visiting New Smyrna Beach next week, looking for a good wine shop
I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where wine lovers have to deal with puritanical liquor laws, higher liquor taxes, and limited choices in the wine and spirits shops. I will be in New Smyrna beach next week and was hoping to find a place where I could stock up on a few good bottles to bring home. I'm not looking for anything too high-end -- just a place where I can find some good Italian and other old world wines for under $25.
I'd second Norwood's for "local" to New Smyrna.
If you make it into Orlando, I'd hit Tim's Wine Market downtown, first. About 45 minute drive from New Smyrna. http://timswine.blogspot.com/ Tim's has some great deals and info on boutique (smaller producer) wines. Very informative staff and unique selection, just tell them what you like, or don't like, and they are off an running in your price range. (Great wines can be had at all price points.)
If they don't have what you want, then hit the Total W&S for a Sam's club sized wine superstore. The selection is large, but you need to know what you are shopping for.
If you are flying back to PA, don't forget to check with TSA and *your airline* on the current max of bottles that you can fly home with. I had a friend from MD that came down in search of cool wines, found plenty to buy but couldn't get them home! Couldn't carry on and she had too many (8-12 bottles, packed for shipping) to fly home on Southwest, so I stored them for her next visit.
Check out Norwood's wine shop beachside -- http://www.norwoods.com/shop.shtml and Romesco's Market Cafe and Wine on Canal Street in downtown New Smyna (before you cross the bridge to the beach). Also on beachside is a wine shop/cigar store/bar/cafe whose name escapes me on Flagler Avenue you may want to check out while you're there.
If you make it down to Orlando -- go to Total Wine on east Colonial -- tons and tons of wine (and beer and booze) at very good prices.
So sorry to hear about those antiquated liquor laws up your way -- I actually winced a bit reading about your plight....
Have a safe trip down and a fun week in New Smyrna!!