Sunrise Mini Mart
Wine Slinger // Sam Rojani
This unassuming gas station is probably Austin’s best kept secret for retail wine buying. Previously made famous for their craft beer collection, Sunrise Mini Mart has become a popular go-to destination for wine industry professionals and enthusiasts alike, thanks to beer & wine enthusiast Sam Rojani. (Regulars generally tend to refer to this place as ‘Sam’s.’) Their extensive selection of natural (low-intervention) and biodynamic wines serves a growing demographic of oenophiles—and now beer-to-wine converts—who seek out obscure and adventurous treasures, and we’ve spent many hours walking the aisles and reading the book-review-like handwritten notes on the different wines. Rojani does such a great job at infecting customers with his enthusiasm that the term “Sam’d” is now used for walking into Sunrise for one bottle and leaving with 6. Go on, get Sam’d.
Take our advice: Sam will remember you after one visit, and if you’re really nice, he’ll get in touch with you personally about new exciting arrivals!
Monday through Friday: 7am to Midnight
Saturday: 8am to 1 am
Sunday: 8am to Midnight
1809 W Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757
Whole Foods (Downtown)
Wine Slinger // Erika Guinn
Don’t let the Amazon Echos between the aisles fool you. Wine is the real star at the downtown Whole Foods location. Personally managed by the talented Erika Guinn, you can find an extensive selection of terroir-driven wines that are true to the retailers’ mission for quality. Aim for the wooden “treasure bins” for a collection of personally vetted bottles that are guaranteed to please. Erika’s one of the most powerful wine slingers in the city by virtue of heading up this flagship location and often gets first dibs at some of the best wine that comes to Austin. Take advantage of stocking up their occasional sparkling sales, when all bubbles are 20% off, and be sure to check out the by the glass list at the bar.
Take our advice: Follow @theerikamarie on Instagram to keep up with the latest wines she’s brought in!
Monday through Sunday: 7am to 10pm
525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Bufalina (Cesar Chavez)
Wine Slingers // Rania Zayyat & Abigail Perry
Wednesday through Sunday: 11:00 am to 11:30pm
1519 E Cesar Chavez, Ste 200, Austin, TX 78702
Wine Slinger // Traci Walker
You know what they say, “It takes a lot of good wine to make great beer.” (At least, that’s how we think it should go!) Deep in the Texas Hill Country, you’ll find what some consider to be the best brewery in the United States, possibly the world. With a philosophy deeply devoted to agriculture, time, and place, it’s no wonder why Jester King shares the same affinity for wine that they do for beer. You’ll find more than 50 bottles of carefully selected wines on their “Bottles To Go” list, which is carefully curated by Wine Buyer Traci Walker. Aside from their extensive collection, they have the most competitive pricing we’ve seen thus far. Highly recommend the scenic drive out to Dripping Springs.
Take our advice: Make sure there isn’t a crazy beer release going on, which is often the case, otherwise you’ll be stuck in long lines. Also, if you’re ordering off the more limited by the glass list, you’ll need to be in the Tasting Room line. For bottles, hop over to the tent outside.
Friday: 4pm to 10pm
Saturday: Noon to 10pm
Sunday: Noon to 9pm
13187 Fitzhugh Rd, Austin, TX 78736
Wine Slingers // Marco Fiorilo, Alex Bell
Previously a home decor shop, this South Austin gem reopened in fall 2017 as a full-service restaurant and have expanded their wine list to nearly 100 labels, carrying some of the best wine you’ve never heard of. Aviary serves up lunch, dinner, and brunch on Sunday, but don’t forget to take a nice bottle home—retail purchases come with a 35% discount.
Take our advice: For dining in, Wednesday’s rotating list of half off a dozen bottles is where it’s at. If you’re lucky enough to get Aarial as your server, she’s provided most of our wine recommendations there and has taken us to wild places through a glass. Watch out for their Aviary Wine School classes and their packs of several bottles they offer for holidays.
Tuesday through Saturday: 4pm to Midnight
Sunday: 11am to 4pm
2110 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The Austin Wine Merchant
Wine Slingers // John & Brian
27 years strong, the Austin Wine Merchant is a pillar of the local wine community. Weekly complimentary tastings on Saturdays highlight new arrivals and seasonal wines so you can try before you buy. Just don’t forget to bring your coat; they keep the building at a consistent 65 degrees every day of the year.
Take our advice: Check their bargain bins for amazing wines they simply have to clear out to make room for new ones. If you don’t find a specific wine you’re looking for, they can special order for you. Make sure to be on their email list to get the latest sale updates, to hear what they’re pouring on Saturday, and for events about town.
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00am to 6:30pm
512 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Central Market (West Gate)
Wine Slinger // Andy Christiansen
Are you really into food? We sure are, and we’re happy to report that Central Market South is really into wine, too. Aim for the “Natural Beauties” section to find interesting wines that will have you thinking, “I didn’t know wine could be like that!” We’ve found anyone on the staff to be really knowledgeable, but if you’re lucky enough to be shopping while Andy’s there, make sure you ask for his recommendations!
Take our advice: They always have volume discounts going on: 15% off of 6-11 bottles, 20% off of 12-17 bottles, and 25% off 18+ bottles. If you really like a bottle of wine or are hosting a party, this is the place to go!
Monday through Sunday: 8am to 10pm
4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745