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BEST WINE STORE

WineStyles

There's no shortage of contenders for Best Wine Store. You won't go wrong at big-volume, big-discount Hennepin-Lake Liquors; masterfully stocked Surdyk's; or critical darling Solo Vino. And if we dipped into the ranks of next-best, well, this item would run off the page. But sometimes a good thing can be too good, you know? If you're not a Master of Wine (a certificate that's a little harder to get than a medical degree), how are you supposed to know which of 150 Chardonnays is unoaked—much less why you might care about such a thing? It's so much more fun when someone sets glasses in front you and says, "This is grassy, this is leathery." Enter WineStyles, a franchised chain that has opened faux-Tuscan storefronts from Champlin to Chanhassen, and sundry other not-Uptown parts in between. The selection in each shop is limited, but cleverly chosen and arranged. Shoppers can easily find—and afford—to pick up a Chardonnay aged in oak; a Chardonnay that wasn't; and, for extra points, a Chablis—a tart, crisp French wine made from the same grape but grown in a particular district known for its mineral-dense soil. Voilà—instant tasting party! Already sipped (or gulped) your way through the basics? WineStyles hunts down unusual bottles, critical darlings not yet available in other local stores. Jason and Jill Horstman, owners of the Shakopee outpost, recently special-ordered a case of dry red Lambrusco for a customer who'd fallen in love with the wine, Ca' De' Medici Lambrusco Cubista, when the store featured it. Dry Lambrusco in Shakopee? Believe it.

BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE Nicollet Village Video

BEST ART SUPPLIES Art Materials

BEST BABY GOODS STORE Baby Grand

BEST BIKE SHOP One on One Bicycle Studio

BEST BOOKSTORE (NEW) Micawber's Books

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) Magers & Quinn

BEST BOONDOGGLE Corn ethanol

BEST BOUTIQUE Design Collective

BEST CAR WASH Mermaid Car Wash

BEST CD STORE (NEW) The Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (USED) Cheapo Discs

BEST CHARITY American Refugee Committee

BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers

BEST COMIC BOOK SHOP Big Brain Comics

BEST EYEBROW WAXER Anne Marie Roe

BEST GARDEN CENTER Highland Nursery, Inc.

BEST GIFT STORE Re Gifts

BEST HAIR COLORIST Seong Heui

BEST HAIRCUT Salon Stella

BEST HARDWARE STORE Seven Corners Hardware

BEST JUNKYARD U-Pull-R-Parts

BEST LINGERIE Frederick's of Hollywood

BEST LOCALLY GENERATED WEBSITE Bus Tales

BEST MALL The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes

BEST MEN'S CLOTHING Intoto

BEST PAWNSHOP Hy's Pawn & Jewelry

BEST PET ADOPTION A Rotta Love

BEST PLACE TO FIND LOCALLY DESIGNED CLOTHING Cliché

BEST SCOOTER SHOP Scooterville

BEST STORE FOR SEX TOYS Smitten Kitten

BEST THRIFT STORE Unique Thrift Store

BEST TOBACCO STORE Lewis Pipe and Tobacco

BEST TOY STORE Kiddywampus

BEST USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS Highway 100

BEST USED CLOTHING Ragstock

BEST USED CLOTHING (KIDS) Once Upon a Child

BEST VIDEO RENTAL Nicollet Village Video

BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING Picky Girl

BEST YARN STORE Clickity Sticks & Yarns, LLC