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Balzac

This unfussy wine bar gets a lot of things right. Its extensive wine list is easy to navigate. Its cheese plate is a thing of beauty. Its nightly specials are among the best in the neighborhood. And on Sundays, select glass pours are half-off.
1716 N. Arlington Pl.

Bin One Eleven

This wine store/tasting room hybrid encourages drinkers to try before they buy. The bar offers more than 30 wines by the glass, while the store stocks bottles from wineries around the world. It also hosts regular tastings and events for aspiring sommeliers.
111 E. Capitol Dr., Hartland

Ruby Tap

An early adopter of the automation trend (think rotary sushi), the Ruby Tap appeals to techies and DIY enthusiasts. Patrons select their wine from one of many wall-mounted dispensers, press a button and watch it fill their glass.
1341 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Tosa; 6000 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon

Thief Wine Shop & Bar

Owner/certified sommelier Phil Bilodeau specializes in small, artisanal labels – with 30-plus wines by the glass and 750 bottles for sale. The bar staff excels at making the tasting process less esoteric and intimidating. Also good for oenophiles on a budget.
Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St.; 4512 N. Oakland Ave. 

Vintage

If a trip to French wine country is out of the question, consider a much shorter trek to Greendale. Vintage 38 has been luring wine-lovers to this sleepy MKE suburb with its low prices, laid-back lounge and popular wine club.
5648 Broad St., Greendale


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