Philosophy: Owner Samanta Ettore seeks out small production wines that offer good value and a true representation of terroir.
What’s Unique: Weekly in-store tastings and monthly immersion classes focus on grapes, regions, and helping people articulate what they like.
Insider Tip: The monthly wine club is a great deal—$149.97 per month for four bottles you’re unlikely to find anywhere else, as well as dibs on new arrivals.
166 N. Main St., Andover, 978-749-9464, wine-sense.net
Andover Classic Wines, Andover
Standout Qualities: Wine manager Andrea DiFiore has been with Andover Classic for more than a decade, and offers a wealth of knowledge on regions from Tuscany’s Chianti country to Argentina’s Mendoza region.
What’s Unique: Cult collectibles like Sassicaia and Joseph Phelps Insignia alongside well-priced table wines.
Insider tip: Check out their large selection of rosé wines for summer, including a few delightful sparklers.
209 N. Main St., Andover, 978-470-0500, andoverclassicwines.com
Wine ConneXtion, North Andover
Fun fact: Instead of spending money on fancy displays, owners keep prices low—often better than at the wine warehouses north of the state line.
117 Main St., North Andover, 877-469-5025, wineconnextion.com