I totally agree. The choices of wine are unique and the Service is great. Besides having a lot of wines to choose from Wine 69 also offers a great menu.
Best Wine Store - 2008
Wine 69 - CLOSED
This isn't the largest place to buy wine in the city, nor is it exactly a store. It's kind of like a cozy neighborhood bar with an excellent wine list that happens to serve delicious, Mediterranean-inspired tapas. But you can just stop by to pick up a bottle. Owner Ben Neji — he's French, and it shows in the menu and wine offerings — stocks some 250 vintages; the bottles stand, floor-to-ceiling, right in the dining area. Many of them come from small-production vineyards, and (surprise) many are affordable. That is, they go for under $20. There are also weekly winetastings, during which you can pay $17 and try five or six delicious varieties from around the globe. And if you're not sure what to buy for a dinner party, take a seat. Wine 69 offers 10 "flights" of three wines each (from $11 to $17, generously poured), which allow you to sample everything from delicate California Chardonnays to blood-red Old World offerings. Neji certainly took a chance on opening his place on this stretch of Biscayne Boulevard — not too long ago, it was a catwalk for hookers and homeless — but now that Michy's and Starbucks have arrived, he has proven a unique concept can thrive on the Upper Eastside.