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

SEPT-NOV: Wine Tasting Fridays. Every Friday 5pm-7pm. $10 per person ($5 towards purchase).

Upcoming:

Oct 12: Alejandro’s Picks and Faves (Alejandro’s absolute faves)

Oct 19: California Classics (classically-styled, iconic producers, excellent wines… some of our heroes and some new finds)

Oct 26: Scary Good Wines (wines that we just think are so good, they’re frightening)

Nov 2: Island Wines (wines from Islands: Greece, Corsica, Sicily, Canary Islands and more)

Nov 9: An Introduction to Burgundy (wines from one of the world’s most celebrated regions)

Nov 16: Thanksgiving Wines (wines versatile enough to tackle the holiday table – last tasting till 2019!)

NEXT UP:

Dec 7th: 2nd annual BUBBLEPALOOZA (join us under stars for a one-of-a-kind event at the terrace next to J’s. Over a dozen bubblies, Champagnes and sparkling wines along with giveaways, food, and music! Part of the proceed to benefit the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.

 

Classes

We have one mission: to take the mystery out of wine without stripping it of its magic. Our courses are designed to make you a better wine enthusiast through in-depth discussions, a no-nonsense every day approach to wine, and of course, tasting some pretty awesome bottles. We keep it fun, informative, and relevant. Courses are taught by Alejandro Ortiz a veteran of the industry, certified sommelier, and J’s resident wine geek – #realwine.

Class Descriptions 

Wine 101 – Fundamentals of Wine & Wine Tasting Appreciation – Explore the wine-world’s major grape types, their characteristics, and compare and contrast styles across different geographical locations. Discover the fundamentals of winemaking, wine styles, and how to evaluate wine (aka the difference between “wine drinking” and “wine-tasting”). This four-class course includes all coursework, the Wine Folly book, and up-to six wines per class.  All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm-7:45pm.  Register HERE for W-101!

CLASS DATES: (2019)  1/09; 1/23; 2/3; 2/20    

 

Wine 201A – Introduction to Wines of Europe – 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 as well as the concept of “terroir” or “somewhereness” that make “Old World” wines so iconic. This four-class course includes all coursework and up-to six wines per class. 101 suggested but not required.  All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm. 

Register HERE for 2018 W-201A!

Register HERE for 2019 W-201A!

CLASS DATES: (2018)  11/01; 11/15; 11/29; 12/13;  (2019) 1/10; 1/17; 1/31; 2/21 

 

Wine 202B – Introduction to Wines of the New World – An exploration of the 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. 101 suggested but not required.  All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm. Register HERE for W-202B!

CLASS DATES: (2019) 1/24; 2/07; 2/28; 3/14

 

Women Who Wine – Wine 101: Basic Concepts of Wine and Fundamentals of Tasting – Explore the wine-world’s major grape types, their characteristics, and compare and contrast styles across different geographical locations. Discover the fundamentals of winemaking, wine styles, and how to evaluate wine (aka the difference between “wine drinking” and “wine-tasting”). This four-class course includes all lesson information, the Wine Folly book, and up-to six wines per class.  Attendees receive 10% off of their class-related, same day wine purchases. 6:30-7:45  Register HERE for Women Who Wine – Wine 101!

CLASS DATES: (2019) 1/16; 1/30; 2/13; 2/27 

 

Seminar -The Two-Hour Wine Geek – While mere mortals and civilians may be happily downing Cabernet and Pinot Grigio, the cognoscenti and professional wine nerds have an entirely differently set of go-to wines. In this seminar we take a deep-dive into the wine darlings of hard-core winos and discuss what makes them unique, what to look for, and discover some new favorites. After this, you won’t look at a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc the same ever again. All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm. 

Register HERE for Oct 20th Wine Geek Seminar!

Register HERE for Dec 6th Wine Geek Seminar!

Register HERE for Dec 15th Wine Geek Seminar!

 

Seminar – France – An Exploratory Introspection 

France’s iconic wine regions have set the standard for wines the world over, but innovation has not been something anyone’s ever accused French winemakers of. This is changing. Discover France’s new movers-and-shakers and compare-and-contrast France’s new wines to the classic benchmarks. We’ll discuss what changes are afoot and what to look for next. All attendees receive 10% off all their purchases on date of class. 6:30pm – 7:45pm. 

Register HERE for Oct 18th France Seminar!

Register HERE for Nov 10th France Seminar!

 

Seminar – A Champagne Primer

All Champagne is sparkling wine, not all Sparkling wine is Champagne. So what makes the tiny region just northeast of Paris, whose chalky soils create ethereal wines of infinite pleasure, so unique? Discover the different styles of Champagne (capital “C”!), as well as the iconic producers! Learn the hows of how to buy, store, and serve great Champagne. 6:30pm – 7:45pm.

Register HERE for Dec 20th Champagne Seminar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!