Whether you're a French Bordeaux or bold and buttery Californian chardonnay kind of person, Friday evening has us all contemplating a swig or two. Stuck in traffic on your way home from work, it'd only be right to swing by your local bottle shop, right? How about upping your game a bit and bringing back something that's a little more eyebrow raising? When it comes to a good bottle store, quality and variety are two key calling cards. We've done the evaluation for you and picked out the very best bottle shops in the city.
They say: the older you are, the wiser you become. Remaining true to such a testimony is 25 years established Wine Direct. Priding itself on exclusively supplying unique bottles, Wine Directshould be your new go-to in order to source out those bottles you wouldn't stumble across at your local bottle shop. From a white pear and cucumber Australian pinot grigio to a dark cherry and plum chianti from Tuscany, Wine Direct is sure to keep all regular vino sippers intrigued. We're told one of the top sellers at the moment is Central Otago's 2016 Akarua pinot noir. Whether it's the $40 price tag or the combination of its sweet spice and dark fruit notes people are coming back for, it's flying off the shelves.
136-138 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby // 69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell // 19 Station Road, Penrose.
Glengarry is tried and trusted throughout the suburbs but it looks as if inner city dwellers might have the upper hand on us here. A stone's throw away from Victoria Park, located under Sweat Shop Brew Bar is what some refer to as Glengarry's flagship store. From a covered drive-through service to a fill-your-own growler station, it's hard to look past this Wellesley Street location. We assumed parking might be a bit of an issue but no, they've thought of that too. Available are off-street carparks for those just looking to nip in and out. Glengarry's is all about supporting local and international winemakers that produce wines with character and integrity. A popular drop is SOHO's 2013 Jagger pinot gris and for $20 a bottle, we can understand why.
Tucked away off the main road in one of the cities most up and coming spots — Orakei Bay Village — is a store worth mentioning. Committed to providing locals and the likes with a wine portfolio like no other is Great Little Vineyards. Hosting wine labels that are bio-dynamic, organic and free from all nasties is just the start for Great Little Vineyards. They look to celebrate innovative wines and lend a helping hand to small production wines makers, too. As they build on their ever diversifying portfolio, they create a platform for emerging wine labels to shine. The team behind Great Little Vineyards has more than 20 years of wine experience behind them. It's their understanding of the woven fabrics that make up the local and international wine industry that make a visit to Great Little Vineyards an experience.
They say money can't buy you happiness but it'll certainly buy you a good bottle of wine, and that's pretty much the same thing. Certain to make you giddy are the 435 bottles to choose from at The Wine Cave. Derived from the French term 'la cave', meaning 'of cellar', The Wine Cave without a doubt has been creating waves in Auckland's beverage scene. Attributing to its ever-growing reputation is the unique shopping experience. Patrons can now experience wine tastings which start from $10 a person in Newmarket's lavish new retail space that elegantly exudes the sense of luxury. 16 new wines are hand selected by The Wine Cave's sommelier team each month; making each tasting intriguing for the newbies and just as exciting as the first for regulars.
Found down Courthouse Lane in the CBD is New Zealand's only dedicated whisky and bourbon shop. House of Whisky hosts a range that spans from the Scottish highlands right through to the malty lowlands of Northern Ireland. Here you'll be in the knowledgeable hands of whisky aficionado Sam Snead when selecting your evenings single malt. Whether you're new to the whisky scene or have a dab hand when it comes to choosing the perfect drop, House of Whisky is just as eloquent as the tipples served. Although it is predominately whisky orientated, the store also boasts a handpicked selection of gin, rum and craft beer.