(credit: Mondo Vino)

(credit: Mondo Vino)

Whether you are a wine aficionado or casually enjoy the occasional evening toast, your selection begins at a wine store. Friendly and knowledgeable staff members are equipped to answer your questions and steer you to the best pairings or newest arrivals. The wine stores listed below are easily some of Denver’s finest, offering their clientele loyalty rewards, free returns, delivery options, event hosting or custom winemaking. No matter what occasion you are shopping for, one of the stores listed below will be able to cater to your needs and that is something to raise your glass to.

Argonaut Wine and Liquor
760 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-7788

Founded on the motto that “Service never goes out of style,” Argonaut Wine and Liquor is a fourth-generation family business. What sets it apart from many of its competitors is that it has an inventory of more than 15,000 items in store combined with an expert staff who strives to exceed each customer’s needs and expectations. When it comes to wine selection, its seasoned staff buyer, Sheila Carey, has established a reputation for finding great wines at budget-friendly prices. Add to that her daily EGrapevine updates reaching more than 15,000 customers and it’s no surprise that her featured specials often sell out by mid morning. In-store tastings, free parking downtown and the option to have your wine or liquor delivered seven days a week, easily allows Argonaut to outshine many of its competitors.

Mondo Vino
3601 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 458-3858

Mondo Vino’s philosophy is built on the premise that life is too short to drink bad wine. Prominently placed in the Highlands, this niche wine-selling classic opened its doors for business 13 years ago. Its knowledgeable staff will guide you through purchasing the perfect bottle of wine, whether that be a value wine priced under $10, or a wine to pair with food for a romantic candlelit dinner. It even stocks signature collector’s edition bottles of wine valued at $1,000. Mondo Vino couples its unique inventory, focusing on local and smaller artisan producers with delivery service to the Front Range, with a gracious and often unheard of return service for unsatisfactory products. Its dedication to loyalty and satisfaction, as well as its credible expertise in the industry, makes Mondo Vino one of the elite establishments for wine purchasing in Denver.

Bonnie Brae Wine & Liquor Mart
785 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-7261

Nestled between the Cherry Creek North shopping district and Denver University, Bonnie Brae Wine & Liquor Mart keeps a wide selection of wine from around the world in order to cater to its diverse clientele. Its weekly specials and sales are offered on a different variety of wines establishing its brand as budget friendly and customer focused. Further extending its service, Bonnie Brae offers an informative feature on its website entitled Wine 101 that gives users an all-inclusive virtual training course on all things wine, entirely free. Brush up on your wine IQ online and when you step into Bonnie Brae, your new knowledge will be put to good use.

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Water 2 Wine
8130 S. University Blvd., Suite 110
Centennial, CO 80122
(720) 489-9463

Water 2 Wine is a family owned and operated local winery and retailer that specializes in making all wine products onsite. Its selection is vast, including approximately 100  wine varieties from 14 countries, California and Washington. Open for tastings daily ensures you will never take home a wine you don’t enjoy. And because the wine is made onsite, it significantly reduces the preservatives and sulfites most store-bought wines require, meaning even those with more sensitive reactions to wine can drink without the fear of a headache or side effects they may ordinarily endure. In addition, this Centennial-based winery opens its doors to host unique events either sponsored in store or available for your specific catered party or event.

Highlands Wineseller
6668 Timberline Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
(720) 889-9463

Servicing the south metro area, Highlands Wineseller has an expansive selection of both wine and liquor which is price-match guaranteed. This shop stocks its walls with international and domestic wines categorized by variety and then alphabetically, making it easier to find your favorite bottle. It also offers weekly wine tastings to encourage broadening your palate and purchasing selection. Customer service is built into the foundation of the business, and in addition to the knowledgeable staff that will help you with your purchases and pairings, Highlands Wineseller’s loyalty program will reward each purchase with cash back for future shopping endeavors.

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