JCB (186) Durham, North Carolina | October 28, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Tucked into the same shopping center as the Raleigh Whole Foods, the Wine Merchant is a real gem. Make no mistake: itís a wine joint first and foremost, and do not go in expecting the same selection as Samís or the Carrboro Bev Co, for example. But these guys have a few designated shelves of high quality stuff (Stillwater, Olde Hickory, Green Flash, Stone, Jolly Pumpkin, Dupont, Epic) with an emphasis on freshness and seasonals. Whatís more, they have a really fine selection of taps and they do very reasonably priced growlers - and donít sleep on the regular tastings that Ryan and co. put together! Truly top notch service to boot, with awesome guys who are always game to make a special order for you, have great conversation, or share a brew.