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Nov 18, 2009 09:44 PM

San Jose wine shops?

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:

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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.

        1. re: mdg

          This isn't San Jose either, but looking for opinions on Artisan Wine Depot in Mountain View.

          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.


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

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

      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.

          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.


            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.

                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.