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Fairfield County Wine Shops?

I know that this has been asked and answered, and probably belongs more appropriately on the wine board, but I am too lazy to search through, and know the people on this board well enough to trust the judgement of most.

I'm looking for a bottle of pretty good red (a Bordeaux or Burgundy under $100 for an uncle who loves the grape). BevMax falls down badly on better bottles, and I am willing to pay a tad more to buy from a small shop with actual people behind it.

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  1. le wine shop in greenwich is excellent for Claret or Burgandy. Etienne the owner is very knowledgeable.

    1. Horseneck liquors in Greenwich or shoot over to Port Chester to VarMax Liquors

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        Could you limit the search within FFD county? If you are near the New Canaan - Pound Ridge border a fantastic store just over the border on 124. And jfood has found some good bottles on 123 just over the border into Vista, NY in the strip mall with Greenwich Produce.

        1. Thanks, I'll try the local spots and make an out-of-town run after the holidays.

          1. I've always had great success with Fountainhead in East Norwalk. French is no a necessarily their specialty, so if you are looking strictly for French I'd go elsewhere... probably Horseneck.

            1. Harry's Wine Shop in Fairfield always has a great supply of good wines, ask for William or Patrick.

              1. Winewise on E. Putnam Ave adjacent to Whole Foods has a great selection of carefully chosen and tasted wines. Truly great advice and service.

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                1. re: bbalmer

                  Winewise does indeed have great service but I feel their strength is definitely new world rather than old. And they are expensive. Although I love their try before you buy deal...:)

                  I haven't found anywhere in ffd better for bordeaux or burgandy than le wine shop in greenwich. And they have also opened up a cool little store next door "le gourmet shop" that is perfect for sandwiches and sitting at the communal table with your wine purchase slowly whiling the afternoon away with a plate of fine cheese and salumi...

                  1. re: Scotty100

                    Looks like le wine shop is it, though I will try to hit the three aforementioned Greenwich spots, providing Putnam Ave. is passable and does not make me too crazy.

                    Thanks again, all. Happy Christmas/Holidays.

                2. Have to be honest, the wine shop at Stew Leonard's does a pretty good job. Their room of better bottles is decent and there are some attractive deals. I would agree with the wine stores in Vista and Pound Ridge.

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                  1. re: LW1

                    Second Stew's in Norwalk. Especially the walk in wine cellar.

                    1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                      Ditto that. The recommendations I've gleaned from the back room have made for some well-appreciated gifts.

                  2. Fountainhead Wines in Norwalk, they own Fat Cat Pie in Norwalk and they defintely have unique and a great selection you won't break the bank.