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Least Pretentious Wine Shop 

Ledger's Liquors

Okay, so Ledger's isn't technically a wine shop -- it's a liquor store. Bottles of $59.95 Napa Valley Herzog Cabernet Sauvignon share the shelves with cat food, beef jerky, and the Daily Racing Form. Behind the neon sign in the window are a few aisles stocked with a solid and decidedly eclectic wine selection. Where else can you find wine from India? Looking for kosher wine? Ledger's has tons. A frequently changing selection adds to the joy. Last week, the shelves yielded a good value Chilean Chardonnay, an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, and Renwood Zinfandel from the Sierra foothills. Boxed wine sits a few shelves away from ten- and twenty-year-old tawny ports. Across the aisle from the ramen is a small selection of dessert wines, including the addictive Muscat Vin de Glacière by Bonny Doon. Unlike some liquor stores that jack up the prices on the limited wines they carry, Ledger's prices are reasonable, and marked-down bargains are the norm. As a bonus, the refrigerators lining the back wall are filled with enough obscure Belgian ales to please any self-respecting beer snob.

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