Venturing OTP and looking for a good wine selection in the 'burbs? Check out Sip Wine Shop on Crabapple in Milton, right next door to Roswell, in a combo retail/townhome development. What's cool about this place is the warm decor and bar-style layout allowing patrons to watch the tapas chefs in action with rock fireplace at the far end of the room. Dark ruby, tan and brown walls really make you feel comfortable sitting at a table by the window or at the bar itself.
The wine list contains a decent range of selections with both value and pricier options from practically anywhere around the globe. One minute you can be having a Pinot Gris from Oregon, then a Tempranillo from Spain followed by a Cabernet blend from Bordeaux. Furthermore, they offer Sip, Half-glass, Full-Glass and Bottle options and priced accordingly. So, if you want to create your own flight of 3 or 4 sips (about 1-2oz. tastes) then go for it! They encourage it. Make sure you pair these up with the savory tapas they offer that range $5-12 each and share with everyone at the table. The Duck Confit Wontons and Sweet Potato Gnocchi are highly recommended.
On Thursday night it's "Ladie's Lush" night where a white and red wine are available at 20% off for any of the drink size offerings, definitely incenting a bottle purchase. The red on this night was a Rhone style and very much a value with the discount. Show up early, though, because the place filled up fast with Lushes looking to "wine-down" from the workday!
The "shop" in the name refers to the retail side of the building that display the great selection on furniture that is also for sale. Check this page out for the styles of furniture they offer. Also on the retail side is where they have a few Enomatic wine systems set up for the wines they offer by the sip or glass. These systems let you add money to a card, much like a credit card, and walk around inserting the card into the machines, selecting the size of taste you want, have the wine dispensed into your glass and the cost deducted automatically from the card. There are also huge, comfy leather chairs in the retail area to allow you sit down and enjoy your glass.
Only two things were of concern during our visit including the relatively young staff that seemed to have a minimal level of wine knowledge, so don't expect a tremendous amount of wine-related dialogue, though our waiter did his best and kept us entertained. The other is that the process to fill a flight or "sip" order included the wait staff using the Enomatic machines in the retail shop area, which caused a delay in us receiving our orders at one part of the evening when it had become crowded.
Here's a recommendation from the wine list: 2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva - Earth, black fruit, toast and hint of vanilla on the nose. Smooth palate with spice finish. Try with the Port BBQ Tacos.
Address: 12635 Crabapple Rd Suite 120, Milton, Ga. 30004