Best Of 2008

BEST WINE SHOP THAT ISN’T VINTAGE WINE CELLARS: Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits

A couple of years ago, we retired Vintage Wine Cellars as a Best of the Bay winner since David, Michael and Jim had won too many times. Kevin Pelley, proud leader of the Bern’s enclave of fabulous wine, coddles his clientele and keeps his nose to the best selections out there. Basically, he doesn’t buy schlock, so you won’t find any on the shelves. How refreshing. We’d also like to tip a glass to Uncorked Fine Wines — call it our Pinellas winner for this award. Bern’s, 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-250-9463. bernsfinewines.com; Uncorked, 2706 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-892-9463. uncorkedwines.com