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!
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.
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:
Seminar- MEET THE MAKER: The Wines of the Grasso Family | Piedmont Italy:
In this seminar, we explore not only the iconic and world-renowned wines of the Piedmont but take an intimate look at the wine of the Grasso family. Hosted by Elisa Molo (niece of farmer-winemakers Luigi & Alfredo Grasso), whose family has been making wines in the Piedmont for generations. She will walk us through the experience of her family’s land, their legacy, and their wines. From Barbera to Barbaresco, Fratelli Grasso is a standout in a region replete with stellar producers. All seminar attendees receive 10% off every wine purchase on date of class. 6:30pm – 8:00pm – Seminar Date: 8/22
Seminar – CURDS & GRAPES: A Cheese-and-Wine Pairing Primer:
Like Abbot and Costello, Batman and Robin; some combinations are legendary! Cheese and Wine is no different. From Cheese’s role on the European table to the American Farmstead, we explore different kinds and styles; also diving into the do’s and don’ts of wine-and-cheese pairings—We’re excited to taste some fabulous cheeses from HALF-SHEP and pair them with some of our favorite wines! All seminar attendees receive 10% off every wine purchase on date of class. 6:30pm – 8:00pm. – Seminar Date: 9/25
Seminar – Wine 303 – Discovering the Wines of Spain:
Spain remains a traditional and established wine-producing country, as well as being cutting-edge, now more than ever, in the world of wine production. Our “discovery” involves taking an in-depth introductory tour of Spain’s historic wines and regions as well as tasting and discussing new viticultural forces shaking up the Iberian landscape. All seminar attendees receive 10% off every wine purchase on date of class. 6:30pm – 8:00pm. ***Can be combined with EXPERIENCING SPAIN – Seminar Date: 9/26
Seminar – Experiencing Spain (A Food-Pairing Seminar):
To taste wine “in-context” is to taste it with food, understand its history, and share it with friends. In this seminar, guests will be seated at communal tables to revel in an array of favorite wines, places, and foods that Alejandro, in-house Sommelier and Resident Wine Nerd, encountered on his recent travels to Spain. We will be serving tapas, light snacks, and pairing each course with wine, as guests nibble and sip. Accommodations for dietary restrictions are limited. 16 persons max. Minimum reservations for parties of 2. All seminar attendees receive 10% off every wine purchase on date of class. 5:00pm – 7:00pm. – SEMINAR DATE: 9/28
Seminar – Wine 101: What’s in a Blend?
Wine blends are all the rage, or maybe they’re new to you; but did you know that nearly all wines from historic European regions are blends anyway? In this seminar, we delve into wine blending, why it’s done, and review/taste some of Europe’s famous wine blends. We will also try some fantastic New World examples! All seminar attendees receive 10% off every wine purchase on date of class. 6:30pm – 8:00pm. – SEMINAR DATE: 10/19
Course – Wine 201: An Introduction to the Wines of France, Italy, and Spain:
Discover the benchmark wines of Europe: from Sancerre to Chianti, Rioja to Burgundy. This course serves as an introduction to the major wine regions of France, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Germany 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 course attendees receive 10% off every wine purchase on date of class. 6:30pm – 8:00pm.- CLASS DATES: 10/22; 10/23; 10/29; 10/30
Course – Wine 202: An Introduction to the Wines of the New World:
An exploration of wines from the New World (The US, South America, Australia, and New Zealand): from Mendoza to Marlborough, Hunter Valley to Napa. This four-class course includes all coursework and up-to six wines per class. Prior 101 suggested, but not required. All course attendees receive 10% off every wine purchase on date of class. 6:30pm – 8:00pm – CLASS DATES: 11/13; 11/14; 11/20; 11/21
Seminar – A Champagne Primer (two dates!):
All Champagne is sparkling wine, not all sparkling wine is Champagne. So what makes the tiny region just northeast of Paris, whose chalk soils create ethereal wines of infinite pleasure, so unique? Discover the different styles of Champagne (capital “C”!), iconic producers, and learn the hows of how: to buy, store, and serve great Champagne. 6:30pm – 7:45pm – SEMINAR DATES: 11/16; 12/21
Event – Thanksgiving Wines Tasting:
A Reservation-only “petit-soirée” where we talk, show, open, sip and taste an array of wines, styles, and producers; all of which are sure to brighten-up the holiday table! We will be featuring a dozen wines, nibbles, and much more!. Wines up-to 25% off! All attendees receive 10% off their wine purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 8:00pm. – EVENT DATE: 11/22
Seminar – Burgundy: An Exploratory Introspection:
The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) arguably produces some of the most celebrated wines in the world. Thanks to the Cîstercian monks who kept winemaking alive, this ancient-Roman wine-growing region survived the turbulent Middle Ages and defined the style/lore of Burgundy until the French Revolution. Since then, the reputation of Burgundy has reached mythological proportions: its patchwork of vineyards, varied classifications, and thousand-dollar bottles sends chills through even the most seasoned wine pro. Fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be.
In this seminar, we delve into the basics of Burgundy: exploring its varied styles, terroirs, and famous vineyards as well as comparing and contrasting a dozen wines from the region. Some of these bottles are rare—all of them will leave you breathless. 5:00pm – 7:00pm – SEMINAR DATE: 11/23
Seminar – Bordeaux: An Exploration of Chateau and Estates:
Bordeaux: No other wine region is so immediately identifiable by its picturesque landscape, rolling vines dotted by stately Chateau, or recall of a different era, a bygone time! These wines are still sought the world over. Bordeaux is the place of 17th century estates who survived through the perils of history to provide us with some of the most iconic, collectible and imitated wines in the world. The home of heady, tobacco-and-cedar scented Cabernet blends and aristocratic (if not underappreciated) whites, Bordeaux is synonymous with the power and prestige of wine! (They’re also darn good.)
In this seminar, we delve into the basics of Bordeaux: exploring its varied styles, classification-system, terroirs, and famous estates. We will also compare and contrast a dozen wines from the region. Some of these bottles are rare—all of them will leave you breathless. 5:00pm – 7:00pm – SEMINAR DATE: 12/14
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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!