Baltimore is often thought of as a beer town with Mr. Boh’s watchful eye over Canton, but there are plenty of options for the wine enthusiast, as well. From Locust Point to Towson, there are stores specializing in ensuring that you purchase only the best wines for your occasion. Whether you just need a few bottles for the evening or all of the accoutrements to prepare for a big fiesta, these five wine stores have your bases covered.
The Wine Source
3601 Elm Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
Named as the best wine store by Baltimore City Paper, The Wine Source is a one-stop shop for all things wine in Baltimore. At the edge of Hampden’s eclectic 36th Street, The Wine Source offers beverages, cheese and specialty foods. Each week, the shop offers new tastings with educational elements. You can also pick up artisanal cheese platters, chocolates, breads and coffee from Baltimore-owned Zeke’s. The Wine Source is also available for parties, weddings and other event consultations. It also provides an extensive list of BYOB restaurants in the Baltimore metro.
The Wine Market
921 E. Fort Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
The Wine Market has been taking care of customers’ wine needs in Locust Point for almost 10 years. Stop into the shop before heading to dinner to pick up your wine and receive a discount (and if you enjoy it, pick up a discounted bottle on your way out, as well). The wine shop is open seven days a week and features more than 800 hand-selected wines. The Wine Market also delivers within Baltimore City limits for only $8 on an order of $50 or more.
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4400 Evans Chapel Road
Baltimore, Md. 21211
Wine Underground was opened in 2001 and came under new ownership in 2008. It offers “off-the-beaten path” wines and other beverages, which makes sense since the store itself could be considered off the beaten path. Tucked away in a small neighborhood space, Wine Underground relies on word-of-mouth marketing to keep customers coming in its doors. Wine Underground is home to a one-of-a-kind Old World-style wine cellar where tastings are held. Wine Underground offers plenty of sales, including 20 percent off select bottles and groupings of six or 12 wines.
Wells Discount Liquors
6310 York Road
Baltimore, Md. 21212
Since 1937, Wells Discount Liquors on York Road at the edge of Towson is often considered a go-to for all things alcoholic beverage related. The selection available in the large store in diverse. Pick up a six-pack of Natty Boh or a $150 bottle of wine within a few aisles of each other. Wells carries organic and kosher wines, as well as vintages. Discounts are available for seniors citizens and on wines purchased by the case. Wells also offers a selection of gourmet foods to accompany the wines. Delivery is available within Baltimore City on orders of $75 or more.
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604 S. Exeter St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Bin 604 is a small wine shop housed between a sushi restaurant and Whole Foods in Harbor East. Owned by the Foreman Wolf Group, known for its successful restaurants like Charleston and Petit Louis and celebrated chef, Cindy Wolf, Bin 604 offers everything from bargain to collectible wines. Bin 604 can accommodate private tastings and often holds public ones, as well. Stock up on your supply with its case discounts on mixed and solid cases.
Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examinerfor Examiner.com.