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Anyone have any recommendations for a good wine shop in or around San Jose?

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  1. The Wine Club in Santa Clara near SJC airport has a good selection and low prices:

    http://www.thewineclub.com/

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    1. re: baron45

      Oh great! I'm flying into San Jose tomorrow so that works perfectly. Thanks :)

      1. re: Sfpaulina

        Wine Club is indeed excellent. Grapevine in Willow Glen is another fine shop. It's smaller and more personable than Wine Club, in a shopping area rather than an industrial neighborhood.

        http://www.grapevinewillowglen.com/

        1. re: mdg

          This isn't San Jose either, but looking for opinions on Artisan Wine Depot in Mountain View.
          http://www.artisanwinedepot.com

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I finally made it to Artisan Wine Depot this weekend after the Mountain View farmer's market. This place is great! It's the type of smaller store with a very individual point of view that I recall fondly from the Boston area. Silicon Valley wine shops, while very good indeed, have perhaps been longer on size and selection than personality and individuality.

            Anyplace where I can pick up a Tressallier (which I never knew existed before visiting the shop), a Folle Blanche (haven't seen one in years) as well as a nice Sancerre is definitely my type of place. I look forward to further explorations.

            Michael

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            Artisan Wine Depot
            400A Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

    2. Beltramo's is another great wine shop down that way.

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      Beltramo's Wines & Spirits
      1540 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        If you go all the way up to Beltramo's you should also stop in at K&L, also on el camino.

        1. re: bbulkow

          Definitely. K&L's great, an unusual combination of huge selection, (sometimes) discounted prices, and good service. There's a branch in SF as well (same goes for Wine Club).

          As long as we're heading gradually up the Peninsula, I'll put in a plug for Weimax as well. That and Beltramo's are two places I always stop by whenever I'm in the area.

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          K & L Wine Merchants
          3005 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061

          Weimax Wines
          1178 Broadway, Burlingame, CA

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Beltramo's, K&L, and Weimax are all fine stores, but these San Mateo County establishments are only relevant under a rather loose definition of "in or around San Jose".

            Another good wine shop that's actually in San Jose is Vintage Wine Merchants in Santana Row.

            Michael

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            Vintage Wine Bar
            368 Santana Row, San Jose, CA

            1. re: mdg

              I agree that the Peninsula wine stores are a bit of a trek from San Jose. Although being a San Jose resident myself, I would rather make the drive, than make do with what is available in my immediate vicinity. K&L is my favorite. Not only for the great unpretentious but knowledgeable service, but for the selection also. I have to get out of my rut and try Beltramo's and Weimax. Not thrilled with Vintage Wine Merchants at Santana Row - service was cold and the proprietors seemed upset they had customers. Their sister establishment, Vintage Wine Bar, has a much friendlier vibe. You can taste there, but for bottle purchases you have to run over to Merchants. My co-worker also recommends Uncorked! in Saratoga, but I have never been.

              1. re: mdg

                Sfpaulina mentioned plans to go to a wine shop in SF in another topic, so I figured the 101-corridor highlights would be of interest.

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                Wine Club The
                953 Harrison, San Francisco, CA

        2. Should you be interested in French wine, the French Cellar in Los Gatos is worth a stop. http://www.thefrenchcellar.com/