Uncorking the area's specialty wine shops
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Milwaukee may have an international reputation for brewing beer, but there are plenty of people the area with a penchant for a winning wine selection.
Buying wine can be intimidating with so many grapes varieties, regions and tastes to choose from, but lucky for us, specialty wine shops are popping up with more and more frequency, and with them comes a knowledgeable staff willing to answer your questions.
Here a look at some of the best wine shops in and around Milwaukee.
Chuckie's House of Wine
7133 S. 76th St., Franklin
Hours: 3-8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday; 12-4 p.m., Sunday.
Price range: Most bewteen $9-$60 (With some over $100)
Downer Avenue Wine & Spirits
2638 N. Downer Ave.
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., daily
Price range: $5-$200 (Most are between $8-$20)
Wine varieties: About 1,000
Grapes & Grain
11301 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon
Hours: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 pm., Sunday
Price range: $8-$400
Wine varieties: More than 1,000
North Shore Wine & Spirits
5544 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday though Friday; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday
Price range: $6-$150
Wine varieties: Over 200
Otto's Wine Cask
4600 W. Brown Deer Rd., Brown Deer
Hours: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday
Price range: $3-$100
Wine varieties: 1,500
Sheridan's Finest Wines & Generous Spirits
400 N. Water St., Milwaukee Public Market
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.
Price range: $7-$60
Wine varieties: About 150
6955 S. 27th St., Franklin
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday
Price range: $4-$150
Wine varieties: About 1,100
211 6th St., Racine
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 12-4 p.m., Sunday
Price range: $4-$400
Wine varieties: 700
1442 Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday and Saturday; 12-6 p.m., Sunday.
Price range: $7-$45
Wine varieties: 130
632 E. Ogden Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.
Price range: $6-$175
Wine varieties: 400
Waterford Wine Company
1327 E. Brady St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 12-5 p.m., Sunday.
Price range $8-$350
Wine varieties: About 700
Wine Cellar of WI
12910 W. Bluemound Rd., Elm Grove
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday
Price range: $7-$70.00
Wine varieties: More than 1,000
Agreed - Ray's on North has an exceptional Wine Selection. If they are out of stock or if you have a special request, they're very strong with special orders. Also, even though the name doesn't suggest classy, Discount Liquor and Wine has a great selection.
You list excluded the best wine shop in town, Ray's Liquor on 89th North Avenue. They Blow away places like the WAY overpriced Vino 100. The owners of OMC must be investors in Vino 100, anytime I've ever tried to post anything negative about Vino 100 it always gets edited out!
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