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“Amazing place!”

Grape Encounters Empourium
Ranked #1 of 4 Shopping in Atascadero
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Wine Bar and Wine Shop, with an excellent collection of hard-to-find wines, especially local small producers who have no other tasting room or distribution. (The best local wines you've never tasted!) Also, Home of Vinthesis, the bext generation of wine blending.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Take the time to find this gem of a wine store, and you will be amazed! David is quite literally a wine expert (he hosts his own syndicated show on the radio), and both he and his wife, Annie, are engaging, fun, funny, knowledgable, and downright charming. And then there's the wine! Fabulous selection, generous tastings, great environment, and an opportunity to learn a thing or two about wine while you're imbibing! Their retail offerings are great, as well, and you will undoubtedly find a little wine-related something-or-other that you can't live without. This place is definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

We didn't expect such great things from this place. They had great wine, really good food to snack on and a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

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Reviewed 30 September 2015

Make no mistake, David and Annie have fantastic palates for "the grape," and they are HERE in Atascadero -- hello, what gems! Please, visit their wine bar, sample their worldly selections, and DO entertain David's Vin-thesis wine blending extravaganza. You will not be disappointed if you simply let yourself indulge in their wine selections and the combined mastery of this couple, nestled in this cozy corner of A-town strip-mall-turned-wonderland. The ONLY reason I cannot give this establishment a 5-Star Rating is that I will have no higher score to offer when they work out a few minor kinks with their operation. Just . . . go. Go and experience this place while the great worm-hole in our universe allows it to exist, and, in that context, you will be helping it to nurture our community! As Stefon, Saturday Night Live's former City Correspondent, would say, "This club has everything!" (And by that I mean wine, bubbles, knowledge, gifts, art, and a conversation just waiting to happen that could very well bring about world peace, if only you GO!)

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Reviewed 29 September 2015

The owners, David and Annie, are knowledgeable about wines and make your wine tasting experience fun. They offer tastings from wineries that don't have tasting rooms so you can try before you buy.

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Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

We were referred to Grape Encounters by the desk clerk at the local Holiday Inn Express. We weren't there to taste, but just to have a glass of wine before dinner. Although they don't serve food, Ann kindly ordered dinner for us from the restaurant across the street, picked it up and delivered back to their tasting room!! In the meantime, we had wonderful conversation with some locals, including the manager of the hotel down the street and the owners of a local winery. David and Ann were very gracious and we enjoyed the wine so much, we purchase three bottles!!! Oh, and dinner from the Fig was terrific! Recommend to anyone looking for good wine, great hosts, and interesting conversation.

1  Thank Patrick D
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