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Ansley Wine Merchants

1544 Piedmont Ave.

There might be wine shops in Atlanta with more extensive offerings, but at no shop is the browsing more fun. Thus, Ansley takes the prize for the fifth consecutive year. The staff of self-described "wine snobs treat the customer with no such snobbery, making it easy for a cash-strapped soul to find a burgundy under 15 bucks. In addition to the kindly guides, hundreds of handwritten recommendations pinned to favored bottles can't steer you wrong. Among the more imaginative road signs to picking the perfect vino: "Wine Made by God, for Casamurli 1996 Rossi di Toscana, and "Wimps Beware: This Wine Can Kill You, for Fife "MAX 1998.

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