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Grapes Wine Bar, Very Reasonably Priced Wines by the Bottle in Annapolis Right Next Door to Wine Cellars of Annapolis

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MarkS   

I've visited Grapes Wine Bar in Annapolis at least three times in the past month as we are closing on a house nearby.  We had a great dinner there Saturday night and prior times have enjoyed food and wine at the bar.

This is a wine bar with a great selection of wines by the glass and bottle.  Lots of chalkboard specials and special pours that night.  Small but reasonable menu with good cheese slections and all good entrees.  The whipped Goat Cheese with Fig jam is amazing.

This is a locals spots on Forrest drive outside of downtown Annapolis.  Thus the crowds aren't there and there isn't a wait to get seated.  The prices are not upscale DC or Bethesda but reasonable and laid back Annapolis.  I saw a bottle of Billecart Salmon Rose Champagne for $90, retail is not much less.  I'll be drinking the Friday night after we close on this house.

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DonRocks   

The prices on their wines by the bottle reminds me of how great Evening Star Cafe is (being right next door to Planet Wine, and offering over 1,000 different bottles). Being next door to (and owning) a wine store, makes a restaurant a wine-lover's dream, and it almost always pays to purchase wines by the bottle - often at $10 over retail, and you can take home what you don't finish.

Grapes Wine Bar is filed away in my memory, the next time I go to Annapolis, thanks to your post.

Repeat this sentence ten times:

Paul Autard Côes du Rhí´ne is $18 a bottle!

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MarkS   

Grapes recently welcomed a new chef and has begun offering nightly specials.  That and the fact that I pass by here every day that I am in Annapolis makes for frequents visits.  This is truly a locals place where the servers know me and I'm offered tastes of wines that are open as I saddle up to the bar.  Now that Annapolis is overtaken by tourists and there is no hope of getting into some places such as Ino909, Grapes is truly a go to place.   Always reliable, mostly inspired and a great wine list.  Cheeses and Meats are a strength as well as they leverage the gourmet shop 2 doors down.

If your ever in Naptown, you should stop here.

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