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Wine Tastings Around Town

Wine tastings, a rite of passage for oenophiles. Some prefer to exercise their tolerance for tannins, pushing their glass through crowded tastings in an eager attempt to get a heavy pour. Others prefer to taste deliberately, sticking their nose deep into the glass to sniff out hints of oak on the nose, leather on the palate. However you approach a tasting, there is a sense of comfort and elegance in grasping the stem of a wine glass. The good news? You can find a wine tasting on almost any day of the week. Here are a few picks.

Monday

Campagnola Restaurant + Bar
980 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta
404-343-2446
www.campagnolaatl.com
A stone’s throw from Piedmont Park, this Italian eatery just began doing wine tastings the third Monday of each month. They bring in local wine experts to give an informative tasting.

Tuesday

Graft
516 Grayson Parkway, Grayson
770-338-9001
www.graftrestaurant.com
Don’t let the quaint appearance fool you. The first Tuesday of every month is a wine chat owner and chef Ashley Clemence shares her knowledge of wine with an intimate educational session. The farm-to-table appetizers are thoughtfully selected.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person

Murphy’s
997 Virginia Avenue NE, Atlanta
404-872-0904
www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com
Every Tuesday, gather in the wine bar for a tasting of a specific region or theme. Guided by Michael Kunz, the wine shop consultant, he’s known for his super-palate. He can point out flavors you never dreamed to link with wine. Book early- reservations are required.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person

Ansley Wine Merchants
1544 Piedmont Road, Atlanta
404-876-6790
www.ansleywine.com
They team up to serve wines at Bantam + Biddy the last Tuesday of each month. A little different from your typical tasting, they include both wines and liquors. Their wine consultant Adam Williams aims to choose unique varietals. Cost of the tasting goes towards your meal at Bantam + Biddy, if you choose to stay for dinner.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10

Watershed on Peachtree
1820 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
404-8809-3561
www.watershedrestaurant.com/wine-tasting
The bar area hums with energy at this packed monthly Tuesday wine tasting. Multiple tables offer chances to try whites, reds and roses. Complimentary Southern bites float through the crowd.
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person

Vine & Tap
2770 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta
404-600-5820
www.vineandtapatl.com
Ian Mendelsohn highlights the “Big 7” wines that he believes help you to know “80 percent of the wine world.” Each Tuesday try a taste of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling and bubbles.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person

Wednesday

Three Blind Mice
1066 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn
770-696-4139
www.tbmrestaurant.com
Every Wednesday this Lilburn gem hosts a low-key wine tasting that includes small bites. Before wines are selected by the team, they are tasted blind so you are guaranteed the merits of a tasteful wine, without regards to vintage or origin.
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person.

Thursday

Whole Foods Market Briarcliff
2111 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta
404-634-8981
www.wholefoodsmarket.comstores/briarcliff
For those that find wandering around Whole Foods an adventure in itself, this causal tasting leads you around the world to different wine regions. 12 tastings, artisan cheeses and a free wine glass- an easy way to tie together grocery shopping and pleasure.
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: $15 at the door, $8 in advance

Niko’s Wine Shop
2118 Scenic Highway, Snellville
770-979-3111
www.nikoswinecorner.com/wine_tasting
An OTP wine oasis, each Thursday is a tasting geared to introduce people to wines in an unpretentious environment.
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost: varies

Friday

Parish
240 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta
404-681-4434
www.parishatl.com
Wine, cheese and charcuterie make for an elegant Friday evening. Venture to the sleek basement Market for “Uncorked,” the first Friday of each month. Reservations are required and the wine flows until its gone.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person

Saturday

Canoe’s Cellar Door
4199 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta
770-437-1134
www.cellardooratl.com
Arguably one of the most knowledgeable sommeliers in town, Matt Bradford settles into his wine shop each Saturday afternoon for a drop-in wine tasting. Asking him about viticulture will keep him on his feet as he is studying for the Master Sommelier exam.
Time: 3- 5 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person

Stem Wine Bar
1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta
678-214-6888
www.stemwinebar.com
Saturday “Wine 101” classes are informative and led by General Manager and Sommelier Jason Raymond. A heavy influence on old world wines guarantees a classic school session. Join the mailing list to be in the know.

Varies

Perrines Wine Shop
1168 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta
404-254-5077
www.perrineswine.com
The owner, Perrine Prieur holds France near and dear to her heart, where she grew up close to Chablis. Guests gather around the shop’s communal table for an adventure through old and new world wine tastings. Check the website for dates and prices.
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Shucks Oyster and Wine Bar
705 Town Boulevard, Atlanta
404-846-1777
www.h2sr.com/shucks
Slurp an oyster, then sip a wine and you’ll get two completely different powerful flavors. General Manager Paul Bayles puts together a tasting of three to five wines. Check their social media channels for the next tasting.
Time: Varies
Cost: $10 to $20 per person

Block 178
178 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville
770-685-2990
www.block178.com
This is a hidden gem for Lawrenceville natives, located in the quaint downtown area. They offer three tastings a month from their enomatic machines, and light bites are provided by Holeman & Finch and Pine Street Market.
Cost: $15 per person

Highland Fine Wine
1402-6 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta
404-853-4731
www.highlandfinewine.com
Mingle amongst wine bottles at this neighborhood spot. The best way to be in the know is to join their mailing list, where owner Nick Salpekar shares not just his upcoming events but spills the details of his newest wines.

8 comments Add your comment

Jere

April 25th, 2014
9:45 am

Are there editors there anymore ? I think intead of saying the list is not exclusive you meant to say that it was not all inclusive.

Scott

April 25th, 2014
11:04 am

Total Wine has educational wine classes once a month (usually on a Friday) from 6:30-8:30. $20 per person and reservations online. Only offered at the Perimeter location since that location does not sell spirits. They also offer a complimentary tasting bar every Fri thru Sun (11-7 Fri & Sat, 1-6 Sun). The tasting bar theme changes weekly and they usually pour 5-6 wines. Also only offered at the Perimeter location.

SP

April 25th, 2014
1:02 pm

Wine Xplorer in Dunwoody has free wine tastings on Saturdays, and other wine tasting events during the week and weekend. I’ve been to a few, good for the casual wine drinkers and the wine snobs. I’m more of a pour-it-in-my-glass-and-I’ll-drink-it girl but I def enjoy myself there and found some wines I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. I haven’t been to their wine lounge nights yet but its on my to do list!

Alexa Lampasona

April 25th, 2014
1:58 pm

Thanks for those Scott and SP! I’ve added them in. Jere- I changed my phrasing- good catch!

Bob

April 26th, 2014
2:01 pm

Block 178 in Lawrenceville has approximately 3 tastings a month and the day varies. The shop also has Enomatic machines with premium wines without restaurant pricing. The tastings are typically $15 and includes small bites from Pine Street Market and Holeman & Finch. The tasting fee is credited back with 3 bottle purchase.

Elyse

April 28th, 2014
11:22 am

Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar in Midtown offers wine tastings the third Monday of every month! They launched their first one last Monday, April 21st. Hosted by Prime Wine + Spirits & Woblet. Tickets sold at woblettickets.com

Supersize that order mutt

April 28th, 2014
6:09 pm

Jeff & The Team

May 1st, 2014
10:30 am

Hi Alexa,

We provide more wine classes/tastings/dinners/flights/trips to wine country out of the Vino Venue / Atlanta Wine School location than any single location in the Southeastern USA. So we were sort of hoping we were on your radar. Please reach out to us so we can acquaint you personally with our story and our offering!

Cheers,
Jeff and the entire team at Vino Venue