Wine, the divine juice of Dionysus! While there are so many wine stores in the East Bay to choose from, what most of us are looking for is a comfortable, nonintimidating environment. The incredibly friendly Jeff Diamond, owner of Farmstead Cheeses and Wines, is almost always on hand with an extraordinary knowledge of both wine and cheeses from around the world. He and his staff are more than happy to give informed recommendations for almost any occasion. Farmstead also offers frequent tastings, classes, and several different wine club options, including one for beginners just learning the exquisite differences in flavors, and another with high-end wines for the experienced oenologist. Ask at the store for information on classes and other events and opportunities.