Andover Classic Wines, AndoverStandout Qualities: A vast selection of wines that revolves around core brands you’d expect, with a rotation of new and exciting wines from producers and regions that can be harder to find. Helpful staff keep wine shopping from being intimidating.
Insider Tip: An in-store wine-tasting station lets you sample a changing selection of wines to explore new varietals and find what you like.
209 N. Main St., Andover, 978-470-0500, www.andoverclassicwines.comBoutiquewine**sense, AndoverStandout Qualities: A focus on smaller producers and lesser-known areas like Alto Adige, Corsica, the North Fork of Long Island, and a host of other regions means you can find a unique wine you probably can’t find elsewhere.
Insider Tip: The store offers a wine club of four wines each month, with a three-month commitment.
166 North Main St., Andover, 978-749-9464, wine-sense.net
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Wine ConneXtion, North AndoverStandout Qualities: A strong focus on wines that are a great value and Saturday wine tastings that consistently feature a good selection of both big names and little-known gems.
117 Main St., North Andover, 877-469-5025, wineconnextion.comVinum Wine Shop, MiddletonStandout Qualities: Husband and wife team John and Samantha Miller are knowledgeable wine lovers who can get you the right style of wine or even choose for you.
210B South Main St., Middleton, 978-304-1048, vinumwineshop.com