In Harrisonburg, Va., we have been able to get bottles of wine
from the state owned liquor store or anyone able to
get a beer and wine license. Most of my life only grocery
stores chose to sell bottles of wine and it was up to the buyer which
wine they chose. Forget getting advice on the best wine.
At restaurants you can buy a bottle and take
what you don't drink home.
In the last 5 years we have had over 5 wine shops and two
vineyards open in the area. That is where you get good advice
on which wine to choose. At least 2 wine shops have went out
of business. Most of the wine shops and the vineyards have weekly free wine-tasting
where they are pushing certain wines and always free with their
knowledge. With the bad economy, I fear more of the wine shops
will fold. It is an enjoyable experience to visit them verses the
beer and wine aisle at a grocery store.
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