Grocery Stores Begin Sunday Wine Sales

It’s officially here! Today, January 6, 2019, consumers can buy wine in their local grocery store on Sundays.

In April, a bill was passed allowing seven day wine and liquor sales. Wine and liquor stores were permitted to begin seven day sales immediately; whereas, grocery stores were not allowed to sell wine on Sundays until today, January 6.

For many who support the sale of wine in grocery stores on Sundays, its a matter of convenience. Often, you may have found yourself doing your Sunday grocery shopping and in need of a bottle of wine, only to remember you couldn’t buy wine on Sunday. Now, you can do all your shopping in one place.

While buying wine in a grocery store is convenient, wine stores are still the go-to place to learn about wines, especially if you’re trying to pair a wine with a meal or grab a bottle as a gift. Plus wine stores often host tasting events to help you further your wine education.

If you’re not an avid wine drinker but like to grab a bottle from time to time, provides some great tips on picking out a decent bottle of wine, as well as, a list of popular white and reds (which we shared below).

Popular Whites

Chardonnay – Fruity, buttery, with a velvety feel that’s atypical to dry white wines.
Pinot Grigio (aka Pinot Gris) – Simple, light-bodied, dry and crisp. (Fun fact: the favorite wine of Liz Lemon).
Riesling – Usually very sweet, with intense fruit flavors. Much lighter than chardonnay.
Moscato – Fruity, and often sweet.
Sauvignon blanc – Dry, tart and acidic with herbal flavors as well as tropical fruit.

Popular Reds

Cabernet sauvignon – Full-bodied with herbal notes. Younger cab has rich flavors of currant.
Merlot – Fruity, spicy. Very soft, less tannic than Cabernet sauvignon.
Pinot noir – Delicate and fresh, very soft tannins with fruity aromas.
Zinfandel – Typically zesty, ranges from medium- to full-bodied and dry to off-dry.