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Samanta Ettore owner of wine sense in Andover offers a wonderful carefully edited selection of boutique vintages from around the world. Although the shop is tiny the shelves are lined with stellar wines at every price point. Ettore also holds wine tastings on Thursday nights. A not to miss for the wine lover.
166 North Main Street, Andover, 978-749-9464, wine-sense.net
The wine philosophy at Shubie’s has served them well for over 40 years: extraordinary wines made by interesting people, many of whom come to store themselves to share their love of the grape with customers. With unique wine tastings nearly every weekend, Shubie’s is often packed with oenophiles who can always count on owner George Shube, affectionately known as Marblehead’s “walking Wine Spectator,” to help them pick out the perfect bottle. A wide selection at all price points ensures a pizza wine is just as phenomenal as an anniversary wine. Shubie’s clever, informative newsletter touts the latest finds from far-flung vineyards, organic producers, and George’s latest obsession.
16 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, 781-631-0149, shubies.com
With a focus on making wine approachable for their customers, the Wine Connextion’s motto is “eXcellent wines at eXceptional prices.” A tasting station gives you the chance to try before you buy, and themed events like a recent “90 Points and Above” tasting are extremely popular.
117 Main St., North Andover, 877-469-5025, wineconnextion.com
Leary’s Fine Wines & Spirits
Leary’s Fine Wines & Spirits is far and away the best wine shopping experience in town. Todd, Bill, and the rest of the crew truly know the wines they sell and will take the time to learn your tastes to make sure you find the right bottle. Its selection is vast, covering all of the world’s major wine regions and they have a particularly strong showing for Aussie and California wines.
202 Merrimac St, Newburyport, 978-462-4451, learysfinewines.com