Photograph by Caitlin Abrams
Wine selection at Surdyk's
Cork Dork Wine Co.
Cork Dork Wine Co. has been chatting up local winos in Nokomis for a few years in a small, crowded space where you can’t help but make friends with other shoppers.
Henry & Son
Henry & Son is a new hip spot by IMS with a focus on sustainability and small, independent producer wines. Its rotating rack of 12 bottles of $12 wine is a beginner’s dream.
Solo Vino throws the best rosé tent party in Cathedral Hill every May, plus other big tastings all year that dig deep into regions and varietals.
Sunfish Cellars rocks it in Lilydale with interesting brands and smaller boutique labels.
Surdyk’s is king of Nordeast for beer, wine, and spirits, and its employees’ knowledge is vast and reliable. Thursday nights, pick four wines for $40.
France 44 is the prime resource for Edina’s party-throwers. It’ll sell you kegs and will special order whatever you need.
South Lyndale Liquors offers shoppers open-bottle sampling of nearly every spirit in stock.
Ace Spirits in Hopkins has nearly every bottle of whiskey you could dream of, from exclusive single barrels selected by the staff to hard-to-get Japanese whisky. They even do the occasional lottery for super-rare bottles like Pappy.