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Fairfield County Wine Shops?

dinerfan Dec 19, 2008 10:20 AM

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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    Scotty100 RE: dinerfan Dec 19, 2008 10:50 AM

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

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      Johnct RE: dinerfan Dec 19, 2008 02:10 PM

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

      1. jfood RE: dinerfan Dec 19, 2008 04:17 PM


        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.

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          dinerfan RE: dinerfan Dec 20, 2008 03:37 AM

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

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            wookiedoodle RE: dinerfan Dec 22, 2008 02:46 PM

            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.

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              chefstu RE: dinerfan Dec 22, 2008 04:14 PM

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

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                bbalmer RE: dinerfan Dec 22, 2008 06:53 PM

                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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                  Scotty100 RE: bbalmer Dec 22, 2008 07:06 PM

                  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...

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                    dinerfan RE: Scotty100 Dec 23, 2008 04:08 AM

                    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.

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                  LW1 RE: dinerfan Dec 23, 2008 05:00 AM

                  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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                    ChefBoyAreMe RE: LW1 Dec 23, 2008 05:33 AM

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

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                      Avalondaughter RE: ChefBoyAreMe Dec 23, 2008 11:08 AM

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

                  2. nbermas RE: dinerfan Dec 23, 2008 03:22 PM

                    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.

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