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Atlanta may not be known as wine country, but that doesn’t mean there’s nowhere in the city to raise your grape expectations. Stop in at one of these local wine-tasting destinations and instantly be transported to that little Parisian café, Spanish hideout or California country road. Here’s to the wine connoisseur in you.

Three Blind Mice in Lilburn

Marietta Wine Market
Walking into a venue with over 500 wine choices sounds intimidating, but the owners of this Marietta Square shop want your experience to feel more like a wine rendezvous with friends. A donation to a local charity gets you in the door for the wine tastings held twice weekly, and with vineyard tours to North Georgia and beyond, you’ll feel part of the family in no time. 18 Powder Springs St. SE, 770.919.1574, mariettawinemarket.com

Vino Venue
What began as Atlanta Wine School, coaching us Atlantans to become connoisseurs of the craft, is now a wine emporium. Sip, dine and get your education under one roof at this Dunwoody spot. Not only do they boast the best in the most knowledgeable and friendly staff, their extensive wine list tops out at 225 on a good day. 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, 770.668.0435, vino-venue.com

Barcelona Wine Bar
Take a trip to the great wine provinces of Spain at this Inman Park locale. Though there is no running of the bulls on the schedule, look out for the ceviche cooking class taught by chef Shane Devereux while Barcelona’s wine steward teaches you how to pair classic Spanish dishes with the perfect pour. 240 N. Highland Ave., 404.589.1010, barcelonawinebar.com

The Wine Room
Having already landed themselves a spot on Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, this elegant space within The St. Regis Atlanta needs no introduction. Enjoy personalized wine tastings from high-quality producers as well as single-vineyard boutiques. And although you don’t have to be a hotel guest to escape to this little wine retreat, Wine Room dress code is casual sophistication, strictly enforced. 88 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404.563.7799, stregisatlanta.com

Three Blind Mice
Though its name may conjure one of your favorite nursery rhymes, this OTP spot in Lilburn is actually a three-for-one resto, café/specialty market and wine bar that has something for everyone, regardless of experience level. Join TBM’s exclusive wine club to be first in line for expert recommendations from chef Matthew Murphy or get your feet wet first with their Wednesday evening weekly wine tastings. 1066 Killian Hill Road, 770.696.4139, tbmrestaurant.com