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Nashville Wine Shops: Focus on California

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In my first in a series of posts on some of the best wine shops in Nashville, I highlighted four stores that provide some of the best overall selection of wines from around the world. I noted that there would be additional posts discussing other shops that do particular things very well, or have a unique set of offerings. This is the second in that series of posts, and it highlights West Meade Wine & Liquor Mart, which offers an impressive selection of domestic wines from the West Coast – California in particular.

West Meade’s listing here is not meant to imply that it lacks any variety in its wine offerings. West Meade offers reds, whites, and roses from popular wine regions in France, Germany, Italy, Australia, and any number of other countries. That said, West Meade’s focus on domestic wines is clear from the layout of its retail space, with nearly all of its horizontal racks dedicated to wines from the West Coast. California selections abound.

West Meade’s racks start with California and Oregon pinot noir, and then move almost exclusively to California with a large quantity of syrah, zinfandel, and sauvignon blanc. West Meade then adds a bit of Washington State to its California selections of riesling, gewürztraminer, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon. Finally, West Meade presents a large selection of California chardonnay, particularly from Napa Valley. If you’re looking for an oaky California chardonnay, this is your stop. West Meade also offers several high-end wines from California and around the world in its reserve room.

If I had to state one criticism, it would be the absence of wines from the other 47 States, particularly powerhouses like New York and Virginia. I appreciate West Meade’s focus on domestic wines, I just wish its selection within that realm was a bit more varied. That said, you will not find a better selection of California wines in Nashville.

I’d be remiss if I left out West Meade’s excellent selection of spirits. West Meade has a broad selection of your standard spirits, complemented by more unique offerings including St. Germain, Aperol, Amir Lucano, slow gin, Ouzo, Tuaca, Campari, Fernet-Branca, Lillet, Dubonnet Rouge, and Pimms. Finally, right to the left of the entrance, West Meade shelves a variety of high gravity beers. West Meade is a great shop, and worth a visit to see for yourself.

5402 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 352-3001
Twitter: @WMWLM

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