In the Atlanta metro area’s wine scene, Dunwoody takes the cork.
According to a recently published list on Gayot.com, three of the top ten wine bars in the Atlanta area are in Dunwoody.
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The Gayot best of list says, “A good wine bar serves a wide spectrum of customers, from neophytes who can't tell the difference between a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc to experts who want to try a glass of a new release before buying a few cases for their cellars. At these top 10 wine bars in Atlanta, presented in alphabetical order, you'll find a good selection of wines as well as knowledgeable staff and, where available, some well-paired food.”
Bob Leavey, who opened D’Vine Wine Bar & Shop more than eight years ago, says he feels Dunwoody residents appreciate having the local wine shops, even though they aren’t all that easy to find.
“People tell me ‘I’ve been here in this shopping center many, many times, I’ve never seen your place,’” Leavey said. Once people find out about his shop or the E. 48th Street Market, they tend to return.
Leavey said the key to being successful is making the wines accessible and affordable.
“We offer, as do the other places, really good wines at reasonable prices,” he said. “We aren’t a snobby wine bar or wine shop. Most of my wines are below $20 a bottle
If I had expensive win by the glass, I’d go out of business.”
Leavey is close to E. 48th Street Market owner Charlie Augello.
“I send people down there when they can’t find an Italian wine they’d like. He sends people here,” Leavey said.
All three stores have wine tastings.
Alon’s has a wine tasting once a month on a Thursday. Sign up for their email list here.