Bottles is open, and tomorrow it'll be grand

Get some champagne for New Year's Eve

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Have you stopped by and stocked up at Bottles yet? The locally owned wine, beer, and liquor superstore has been up and running for a few weeks now, and we've been in there several times to grab some bottles of wine and beer whenever we find ourselves in Mt. P.

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Last week, I snagged a bottle of Marc Herbart growers champagne ($36.99), which I had first heard about at a seminar hosted by Grassroots Wine Distributors and led by Kevin Pike a few weeks ago. I sampled so many delicious wines that day and enthusiastically drank the bubbly Kool-Aid of Terry Theise, an importer whose wine philosophy can be summed up thusly: "Soul is more important than anything, and soul is expressed as a trinity of family, soil, and artisanality." Essentially, the lesson of the seminar was those big-house champagnes are all about brand and have no soul. For the best bubbles, look for the champagne produced by the growers in that region.

Mike van Beyrer, one of the owners of Bottles, is a wine guy who would love to turn you on to the particular pleasures of farmers fizz. At Bottles, he's got a floor display of the Herbart. I suggest you get a bottle and ring in the New Year with some soul.

If you stop by on Saturday, Dec. 3 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., you can take part in the grand opening celebration. They'll have tastings and giveaways throughout the day. It's a cool store, and I've found the staff to be exceptionally friendly on the occasions I've been by.

Bottles is located at 610 Coleman Blvd. (843) 849-9463

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