Wine was once such an expensive commodity that the rich conspicuously spilled it on their golden capes instead of wasting it invisibly in their stomachs. Afford enough wine to braggadociously spill it with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of wine at Sovereignty Wines in Ivywild.
Sovereignty Wines is a locally owned, family-run business, featuring a diverse selection of wine, spirits, and beer from around the world. Whether you're a grapephile seeking a specific low-production vintage or a vino virgin looking for professional wine-pairing guidance or a thoughtful gift, the shop's knowledgeable staff will help you locate some special sips. Sovereignty stocks nearly every varietal, including favorites such as Bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, chenin blanc, grenache, merlot, pinot noir, Riesling, sauvignon blanc, Shiraz, and sparkling wines, as well as fine spirits including cognac, brandy, scotch, whiskey, and bourbon. Peruse the shop's impressive inventory to discover reasonably priced staff recommendations, including the 2008 Lucky Star Pinot Noir (under $10), the French oaked 2007 Angeline Chardonnay ($10–$20), or a tasty liquid treasure such as the 2005 Etude Cabernet (over $20), rated 96 points by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
The shop's walls are lined with handsome wood shelves that showcase Sovereignty's abundance of shiny bottles, each brightened with the reflected grins of friendly employees. Stop in Sovereignty Wines to quickly pick up some sophisticated libations, or spend some time learning how to sniff, swirl, stop, drop, and roll like a pro during a one of the store's special tasting events. Unlike tequila shots and shotgunned root beer floats, wine is a slow sip, making it a more enjoyable libation. Plus, wine can help you reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and progression of disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.