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12/20/18 0 Shop Local in Oakland: Last Minute (Holiday) Wine Shopping

The problem with googling “wine stores near me”


You just googled “wine stores near me” or “best wine stores near me” to solve one of your biggest holiday entertaining challenges. You might need it to bring to a dinner, as a gift, or for you own evening. The results, not surprisingly, do not build your confidence that you will find what you need. You get review sites, e-commerce sites, generic places to buy wine like big box retailers. All the same old search results. Whether you have some wine experience like me or you are a novice, these searches are not going to help you.

Think local and find your nearest independent wine store


We are so lucky in Oakland! There are a ton of great independently owned wine stores. These are truly the best wine stores in Oakland and we are rich with options. Now, if you are familiar with our blogs, you know that Farmstead Cheeses and Wines is one of the favorites.
But there are definitely others that you will be very pleased with. Oakland Yard in Temescal and Minimo in Jack London Square are two others that we have visited and support. And there are others too we just have not been to them all.

Why local wine stores?


There are too many good reasons to buy your holiday wine (and all wine for that matter) at your local independent wine store. They have friendly knowledgeable staff that know how to ask you about your tastes, objectives, and price range to help navigate to the right bottles. They have carefully curated selections that cannot be found everywhere that will make your purchase that much more special. They often have wine tastings and other fun events to help familiarize you with their selections.

Perhaps most importantly, as you build your relationship with your favorite owners and staff, you will find that they will develop this uncanny knack to make fantastic new recommendations that you would never have discovered otherwise. They open up your wine world in a way that the chain stores and e-commerce sites cannot.

And then there is just the overall positive impact that you will be making by buying locally in your community.

LOCALMOTIV™ would like to know if you like our wine buying tips and for you to share with us your stories about shopping for wine locally.

Minimo, Farmhouse Cheeses and Wines, Oakland Yard

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