Wine lovers will find a little bit of heaven in northeast Modesto thanks to Laura and Chuck Staley. After months of trying to fly over regulatory hurdles, they finally opened Angels' Share Wine Shop at 2101 Sylvan Ave., Suite 101.
Besides wine, the shop also carries more than 100 beers, gifts, food products, Riedel stemware and more. It's squeezed into a 1,500-square-foot space in the Jerico Plaza shopping center, just west of Sylvan and Oakdale Road.
Angels' can trace its roots to the venerable Wine Shoppe on Standiford Avenue that closed a few years ago. Laura Staley and Angels' staffer Jill Smith both worked there. The Staleys used The Wine Shoppe experience to create Angels', blending the best of its features with their own ideas — a perfect balance.
Consumers will find a large wine selection, featuring local and world-renowned vintners. The staff can help with wine selections and will special-order hard-to-find vintages. For those who want to taste before they buy, the wine bar has several different bottles featured each day. There are also weekly tastings on Thursday and Friday nights. Those who know what they like can have it opened by the staff and enjoy it at the shop.
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Angels' stained concrete floors, original artwork and Tuscan accents are designed to create a wine country theme that's comfortable and casual. Customers can get gourmet pizzas and appetizers.
Those food options also complement Angels' imported and microbrew beers. For those who want to work their way through all the different brews, there's a beer club and wall of, uh, fame. Wine club members get notification of upcoming events and a 15 percent discount.
Surprised to hear there's a place like this in the valley? Don't be. Remember, this is wine — and beer — country, too — the best of both worlds. Cheers. For more information, call 492-0600.
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