Yes, it's in Marietta, but for wonderful selection and service, MERCHANTS PACKAGE STORE
is worth the trek. The place looks like any other long-standing liquor depot: A modest brick front gives way to an expansive but sparely decorated room filled with crates of wine. But what distinguishes Merchants from most others is passion.
The staff has both a literal and intellectual thirst for wine, with a particularly keen focus on France (the store's wine buyer flies across the Big Drink to explore vineyards two or three times a year). Labe, who works on Wednesdays and Saturdays, is particularly astute at recommending wine pairings with food.
1272 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 770-321-9194.