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Wine Sense.jpgWine Sense Exterior, 5-2008 winesense1.jpgInside Wine Sense. Photo by Rachel Blumenthal (April 2007) winesense2.jpgMore wine. Photo by Rachel Blumenthal (April 2007)

Location
749 Park Avenue, Rochester NY 14607 [Directions]
Hours (as of December 2009)
Monday-Friday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: Noon-5:00pm
Phone
(585) 271-0590 Wine
(585) 271-6850 Cheese
Website
[WWW]http://www.wedefinewine.com/

Wine Sense is a brightly colored, meticulously organized little wine and spirits shop within the Somerton Park shopping plaza on Park Avenue. The store prides itself on its detailed and helpful definitions of wine; the store itself is defined as "a wine and spirits shop where the wine sells itself."

Each wine features a card that defines the wine by taste, style, possible food pairings, best time to drink it, and more. Wine tastings occur on Friday (4-7 PM) and Saturday (12-5 PM), or you can have a private tasting in the store or anywhere else. Gift certificates and gift baskets are available, and there is a case of the month club.

Next door is a cheese shop called The Cheese Shop at Wine Sense. Hours are the same as those listed above, except that The Cheese Shop closes at 7 PM Monday-Friday. The Cheese Shop has a sandwich menu available for eat-in or take-out; sandwiches range from $4-$6. Sandwich and cheese trays are available for events. Free delivery is available for orders of $25 or more within a 5-mile radius; outside of 5 miles carries a delivery charge of $3-$5.

Click here to see the menu for The Cheese Shop.

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2007-04-19 01:04:30   Extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff, as well as a great selection of reasonably priced wines and spirits. Every so often they focus on a specific country for a period of time; I visited while they were focusing on French wines, and Italy is next. They offer a variety of tastings and classes that sound like lots of fun—there's plenty of info on the website. I'd highly recommend this place! —RachelBlumenthal


2007-11-15 22:11:32   Overpriced and snobby. Tried them a few times. Pass. —JackPorcello


2007-11-16 12:07:10   I tried them as well, but did not buy for the above reasons. —RxScabin


2007-11-16 12:59:22   Wow, I can't believe people have had bad experiences here. Every time I have gone in the people working have been extremely helpful. Even when I told them I was looking for good wines under $10. No attitude at all, and I left with 8 bottles. Maybe you hit a rogue employee?! They even told me they would look into getting stuff for me.

I like that they know what they have and try to help you when you walk in. As opposed to other bigger wine/liquor stores in the city that *always* ignore me. —MarcVera


2007-11-16 15:15:52   I've been in here a couple times when in the Park Ave area. I've never gotten the snobby vibe. But I agree that their prices are higher than Century or Marketview, which is to be expected for a smaller storefront retailer. —RottenChester


2009-01-22 18:34:06   The store is beautiful, clean. I love that they have wine tastings when I come in, which is how I've found a couple favorite wines. I've never gotten a snobby vibe from anyone working here, so I'm not sure if people have just gotten an employee on a bad day or what. Overall, the prices are a bit higher than some of the large warehouse stores, but that is understandable for a small independent store. However, it is sometimes worth it to have someone in the store who can make recommendations and actually knows the wines vs. employees that give you blank stares when you ask to see a good chardonnay, etc. —CatMagro


2009-12-16 17:40:33   The staff is very friendly and always chats with me. Helpful suggestions about choosing wines. Never snobby in my experience— quite the opposite! —OxfordWriter


2011-08-24 14:12:28   Nice little store, I had a chat with the new owner not too long ago, was very friendly and places an emphasis on offering wines that you might not find at other stores.