Wine stores offer a wide range of wines from different grape varieties, both from different countries of the world and from local producers.
Even if you are not exactly a connoisseur, you can say a lot about a specialized wine store simply by entering the door. There are some requirements related to storing wine properly, and these stores must meet them. For example, the storage temperature is critical and should not exceed 20°C (wines with aging potential only need about 12-18°C). Sunlight exposure could damage the wine, so it has to be avoided. The same goes for high humidity and vibrations.
You can also expect the store to pay great attention to the arrangement of wines on the shelves, presenting them by countries, wine-growing areas, or prices.
Most wine stores do not sell ordinary brands, also available in nearby supermarkets, but special products that give them identity.
The staff in a great wine store near me can teach you about wines, tell you the stories of certain wines and producers, and always be ready to offer you a similar wine if they do not own the one you requested. In addition, they can invite you to a tasting session.
The atmosphere inside a wine store and its philosophy makes the difference between a sterile experience and a comfortable and special one for the shoppers.