Wine in Rochester
Hello fellow chow enthusiasts,
I'm visiting friends in Rochester this weekend and need to know where to pick up a bottle or two of wine for a host's gift. Since I am flying in so I cannot fit it in my quart sized zip top bag. Looking for a good cab and some prosecco. i've tried some basic searching, so please forgive me if this has been covered.
Any help would be appreciated.
I'm guessing that you are from out of state, so some basics on alcohol purchasing in NY: Wine and spirits in containers can be purchased in liquor stores only. Beer in bottles or cans (to go) cannot be purchased in liquor stores, but can be had in supermarkets, convenience stores, and bars. There is a battle going on in the state legislature that would permit wine to be sold in supermarkets, but that's getting even further off topic ... On-premisis consumption is possible in bars and restaurants that are properly licensed, but not all places have full licenses and thus are restricted to beer and wine only. BYOB is permitted (usually with a corkage fee), but it seems not to be a popular practice (and I've only seen it done with wine, not beer or spirits).
There are LOTS of liquor stores in the area, ranging from huge to tiny, mom-and-pop places. Two of the best (and largest) are Century and Marketview. Century is on Monroe Avenue in Pittsford Plaza (in the town of Pittsford). Marketview is at the corner of Jefferson and East Henrietta Roads (in Henrietta). Both have very knowledgable staff, great selections, and very competitive prices. Both are also pretty close to local expressways (Rte. 590 for Century, Rte. 390 for Marketview), so if you are taking a cab from the airport to the City or an eastern suburb, you'll not need go far off course. If you will be on the westside, I have no idea ...