Wine

J’s Bottle Shop carries a wide selection of handcrafted wines from around the world with a focus on family wineries and sustainable, organic, and biodynamic producers. We are proud of the selection of wine that we offer with a great range of flavors and prices. Visit our bottle shop in Athens today to learn more about our wine selection!

WINE PHILOSOPHY

All wines are not created equal. The best wines come from small, dedicated producers who saw a calling in winemaking and have made it their livelihood. Here at J’s Bottle Shop, we partner with many small producers who take pride in their craft to provide Athens with the best wine in town.

OUR GOAL

By carefully curating a hand-selected roster of wines at all price points and from all over the world our goal is that any wine you grab from our shelves; whether it is “your style or not” is objectively excellent! #realwine.

Give us a call at (706) 353-8881 or visit our store to learn more about our wine selection.

Wine Tasting in Athens, GA

New and Upcoming:

COURSE – Wine 101: Fundamentals of Wine Appreciation

Explore the wine-world’s major grape types and their characteristics! Compare and contrast styles across different geographical locations. Discover the fundamentals of wine-making, wine styles, and how to evaluate wine (“wine drinking” vs. “wine-tasting”). This four-class course includes all coursework and up-to six wines per class. All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm/8:00pm • Feb 11th • Feb 12th • Feb 18th • Feb 19th $85  Sign up here for 101!

SEMINAR – Beans & Grapes: A Valentine’s Chocolate & Wine Pairing

Discover what makes Athens’ own CONDOR CHOCOLATE so unique as we celebrate this Valentine’s Day. Join us as we explore wine-pairing combinations, while delving into the exciting bean-to-bar journey! 6:30pm – 7:45pm/8:00pm • Feb 14th • $40  *Please note – this is one of our most popular seasonal seminars and it sells out fast!  – Sign Up for Beans & Grapes!

VINTNER’S TABLE UNDERGROUND – An Evening with a Winemaker: Fratelli Grasso

What is better than the incredible wines of the Grasso family? An evening with Elisa, daughter of the founder and winemaker, and her mother who will be cooking a special meal (alongside Alejandro and our lovely hosts) in a private home for a select few guests as we taste through their wines. This is an incredible opportunity to get to know these wines and spend an evening with the very people whose names are on the bottle. We are so happy to have these wonderful wines and even happier to offer an intimate and informative evening that celebrates that magical nexus between food, wine, and people! (This is an UNDERGROUND VINTNERS TABLE EVENT***Location will be disclosed in the day leading up to the event; it is in the Normaltown/Pulaski Heights part of Athens. This will be a multi-course home-cooked meal paired with wines and conviviality.***) 7:00pm • Feb 15th • $95 – Sign Up Here for an Incredible Evening at the Vintner’s Table!

SEMINAR – NEW CALIFORNIA WINE: The New Wave of “New-California Wine”

Have you written California off your wine list? Are you a loyal California wine drinker that is curious about where things in the region are headed? Get ready to have your paradigm shifted! Through reclaiming heritage vines, dry farming, and embracing biodynamic viticulture and lower alcohol levels, these young adventurous winemakers are eschewing the last two decades of California’s often bold & brash style. By offering small production, balanced and highly expressive wines from carefully tended vineyards, they are leading a quiet revolution in California’s wine country. (This ain’t about your mom’s oaky Chardonnay!) In this seminar, we will explore what makes these producers different, discuss the philosophies informing a new style of wine-making and taste nearly a dozen wines. All attendees receive 10% off all their wine purchases at J’s Bottle Shop on date of class. 5:00pm-7:00pm • Feb 29th • $40 Sign up here for New California Seminar! *Please note that all classes are provisional until a specific minimum amount of attendees are met. The minimum for this session is 12 persons. This is a new offering. – if we do not hit the set minimum, we will refund all participants at least 3 calendar days before the start of class. 

SEMINAR – Women Winemakers: International Month of the Woman

Did you know that statistically-speaking more women are “supertasters” than men? The wine world, like many other industries, have traditionally been dominated by men. Thankfully, that’s changing! Women have often found opportunities to gain notoriety in winemaking; from iconic winemakers like Lalou Bize Leroy (Domaine Leroy – Burgundy, Fr); María José López de Heredia (Viña Tondonia – Rioja, Sp) and Elisabetta Foradori (Foradori – Italy) to a new generation of women winemakers who are shaking up the scene with their mold-breaking wines that are taking the wine-world by storm.

In this seminar, we will be explore and taste wines from around the world that all have one thing in common: they’re made by women, and they’re nothing short of awesome! Join us as we celebrate International Month of the Woman. 6:00pm – 7:45pm • March 6th • $40 • Sign Up Here for Women Winemakers!

COURSE – WINE 300 Advanced Principles of Wine

From the vineyard to the cellar, we will be building on basic fundamentals of wine to explore and tackle some of the more fascinating facets of wine! Class 1: “Cellar Tricks”: carbonic maceration, pump-overs, oxidation and why price mostly matters. Class 2: An Introduction to Natural wines and Orange wines. Class 3: An introduction to Blind tasting and critical assesment. This three-class course includes all coursework and up-to six wines per class. All attendees receive 10% off all their wine purchases at J’s Bottle Shop on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm/8:00pm • March 12th • March 19th • March 26th • Sign Up Here for 300! *Please note that all classes are provisional until a specific minimum amount of attendees are met. The minimum for this session is 8 persons. This is a new offering. – if we do not hit the set minimum, we will refund all participants at least 3 calendar days before the start of class.

SEMINAR – ORANGE WORLD: An Exploration of Orange Wines

Orange wines are all the rage, but what the heck are they? Despite the name, no oranges are involved in the making of this fascinating wine. Instead, it is a type of white wine made like a red: lots of skin-contact, which gives these wines a panoply of hues, aromas, and flavors seldom found in other wines. What’s more, they’re fun and the very essence of natural wine-making. In this seminar, we discuss orange wine-making, talk to a few winemakers about their approach to orange wine, and taste through a half-dozen wines to discover what the fuss is all about! All attendees receive 10% off all their wine purchases at J’s Bottle Shop on date of class. 5:00pm – 6:45pm/7:00pm • March 20th • Sign Up for Orange World! *Please note that all classes are provisional until a specific minimum amount of attendees are met. The minimum for this session is 10 persons. This is a new offering. – if we do not hit the set minimum, we will refund all participants at least 3 calendar days before the start of class.

COURSE – WINE 201: Introduction to Wines of FRANCE, ITALY, & SPAIN

Discover the benchmark wines of Europe: from Sancerre to Chianti and Rioja to Burgundy. This course serves as an introduction to the major wine regions of France, Italy, and Spain and the concept of “terroir” (or “somewhereness”) that makes “Old World” wines so iconic. This four-class course includes all coursework and up-to six wines per class. Prior 101 suggested but not required. All attendees receive 10% off all their wine purchases at J’s Bottle Shop on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm/8:00pm • March 24th • March 25th • March 31st • April 1st • Sign Up Here for 201! *Please note that all classes are provisional until a specific minimum amount of attendees are met. The minimum for this class is 10 persons. This class historically has over 18 attendees. – if we do not hit the set minimum, we will refund all participants at least 3 calendar days before the start of class.

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What makes a wine excellent?

A few technical characteristics make a wine objectively excellent. Balance, varietal correctness, sense-of-place, and technical integrity are all dispassionate characteristics that separate “good” from “great”. The price of wine doesn’t necessarily influence the quality. These characteristics hold true whether the wine is ten dollars or ten thousand dollars. To learn more about what makes a wine great, talk to one of the members of our team in store!

Excellent Wine, Excellent Service

The team at J’s Bottle Shop strives to bring Athens something dramatically different. Other liquor stores stock only the most popular brands, but we strive to provide a collection of wines that are made by individuals who are passionate about their craft. We want the bottle you take home to be made with a dedication to quality and excellence. We carry the same big brands as the other liquor stores in Athens, but we also carry a unique selection of signature wines made from passionate boutique producers. There’s no gimmicks and no marketing baloney when we sell wine.

Wines From Around The World

We carry wines from around the world with a representative cross-section of wines and wine-growing regions from the New World (California, Oregon, Washington, Chile, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand) as well as the Old World (Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Austria). In our search for the new, exciting, and little-known we found some choice selections from Lebanon, South Africa, Greece, and more!

J’s Wine Selection

We’re passionate about all sorts of wine and revel in both the classics as well as the new-and-exciting (lots is going on in the wine-world right now!) and we carry a selection of Pet-Nats, Grower Champagnes, craft Sherries, Madeira, and Port, as well as wines in all formats, from cans to bag-in-box.

We hold a pretty active calendar of tastings, sales events, giveaways, and parties. Check us out on our social media or tune in here for the latest!