Wine Stores

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits   Venice  3/19

Since moving here five years ago, this has been my go-to store. I have visited all of the other wine stores in the Venice area but find this to be the most compatible to my needs. The difference here is customer service. Other than Island Times, the others are variances of a warehouse type operations. This ABC has a well laid out scheme of wines occupying a majority of the floor space. There are over 100 locations in this company and they vary widely in size and offerings.

I think ABC is fortunate to have Mark Montalbano as the wine manager. He has extensive experience in retail wine sales and was formerly a manager for T.G.I. Fridays. The nice thing about Mark is that he can converse at the expert of neophyte level. Our conversations are always stimulating and he has put me on to a number of new wine discoveries. When you peruse the isles you can see his face on the shelf talkers describing his personal suggestions. Generally they are accurate. Mark has traveled extensively to wine regions and willingly shares this knowlege.

Another benefit of this store is the monthly wine tastings. For a five dollar contribution (you obtain a glass) you can taste twenty wines or more. Mark or his assistant Terri will pour and discuss if it’s not too crowded. These tastings have a loyal following.

Like most stores there are designated discounts and a loyalty program as well.

1741 s. Tamiami Trial, Venice   941 497 3638

Mark

Mark is on the left.