Amity Wines and Spirits, 95 Amity Rd., 203-397-9463, amitywines.com. So vast they have shopping carts. Staff is super helpful and there’s tons o’ microbrews.
Center Street Wine & Spirits, 382 Center St., Wallingford, 203-269-WINE, centerstreetwine.com. Friendly neighborhood shop with popular Friday wine tastings.
Coastal Wine & Spirits, 103 N. Main St., Branford, 203-481-9400, coastalwine.net. Super discount store with knowledgeable staff, international wine selection and large microbrew section.
College Wine, 68 Church St., 203-777-7597, collegewine.com. New location of the shop that used to sit on College Street. Wines, spirits and fancier beers, with a decent selection of the cheaper stuff too.
Gelvani Liquors, 55 Frontage Rd., East Haven, 203-764-2555, gelvaniliquors.com. Value priced selection in a convenient spot, right off I-95.
Grand Vin, 28 E. Grand Ave., 203-468-7494, grandvinonline.com. Nice wine selection and decent prices in Fair Haven.
Happy Harry’s Fine Wine & Spirits, 956 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, 203-285-3021. Where it’s always happy hour.
Liquor Land, 2165 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, 203-281-0784, bevmax.com. As the name suggests, there’s a huge selection, but also decent prices and a staff willing to help.
Madison Wine Shop, 734 Boston Post Rd., Madison, 203-245-1090, rickspicks.com. Owner Rick Lewis travels the world in search of great wines.
Mt. Carmel Wine & Spirits, 2977 Whitney Ave., Hamden, 203-281-0800, mtcarmelwine.com. Rare wines.
Neighborhood Spirit Shoppe, 300 Stepstone Hill Rd., Guilford, 203-453-6325, grandvinonline.com. New shop from the folks who brought us Grand Vin.
New England Beverage Co., 550 Boston Post Rd., Orange, 203-795-5050, newenglandbeveragecompany.com. Large, but not impersonal. Import and local beer fans, take note.
New England Brewing, 7 Selden St., Woodbridge, 203-387-2222, newenglandbrewing.com. An honest-to-God brewery. Call ahead for tours. Holds a semiregular acoustic series — with samples!
Odd Bins Bottle Shop, 1 Whitney Ave., 203-562-7714. All about wine.
Westville Wines, 837 Whalley Ave., 203-387-4455. College Wine’s owner opened this more upscale version, with a sitting area for wine tastings.
Wine & Liquor Outlet, 528 Boston Post Rd., Orange, 203-795-8302. Big store, ginormous selection.
The Wine Thief, 378 Whitney Ave., 203-865-4845; 181 Crown St., 203-772-1944, thewinethief.com. Their guidance and wide selection make it worth checking out. Not a store to run in and pick up a 30-rack of Keystone Light on the way to a frat party. Wins our Best Of poll year after year.