The Pivotal Role Wine Shops Are Playing in Creating Atlanta’s Wine Scene

Atlanta’s restaurant scene is booming, but for those who choose where to eat according to the wine list, something is missing: wine bars


“I feel like we have no wine bars here,” says Chris McLloyd, an Atlanta sommelier known as The Hip Hop Somm. He isn’t wrong. While there are plenty of restaurants with fantastic wine lists, Atlanta lacks true wine bars. Following the closure of 8ARM and its natural wine bar on Ponce de Leon Avenue, many wine drinkers continue to search for the beating heart of Atlanta’s wine scene. And they’re finding it in wine shops across the city.

 VinoTeca in Inman Park holds weekend wine tastings and offers outdoor seating, as does Press Shop in Summerhill and Vin ATL in Edgewood, which features a large outdoor patio and cozy seating arrangements inside. Kelly’s Market, a local deli across the street from Kimball House in Decatur, offers selections from its wine stash on Thursday evenings, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Elemental Spirits Co. in Poncey-Highland shows off the shop’s low-intervention wines and spirits during regular tastings.

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Source: Atlanta Eater