The holidays are here in a major way—as in Christmas lights a-twinkling and stacks on stacks of beautifully wrapped gifts under that big, beautiful tree. While things are seemingly merry and bright, what people often fail to mention is that the power bill is sky high because of those pretty lights, your hands are riddled with paper cuts from all that wrapping, and you’re just about sick and tired of sweeping those pine needles up by the time Christmas Day finally rolls around.
Holiday fatigue is real, y’all. The cure? A soul-warming glass of wine.
Here are a few local spots you’ll want to run—not walk—to as a way of curing the not-so holly jolly blues:
Located in the shopping mecca that is Avalon, Cru offers the ultimate spot for a day drink thanks to a HUGE selection and an extensive variety of fun, themed wine flights with names like Big Boy Bordeaux and Cabernet is King. And don’t you dare worry about putting your pinky up—Cru is proud to bring no-pretense vibes that make it perfect for wine drinkers of every type. Named the Best Wine Bar in the World by the Moodie Davitt Report, you’re destined to find your new favorite sip here.
This downtown gem is Alpharetta’s very own sweet little wine Boutique. Fermented is focuses on family-owned wineries, craft beer, and educational-based tastings. Wine tastings are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and on weekends for $10 to $25 per person and ensure that you’ll leave with a little buzz and a whole lot of knowledge! You’ll learn how the wine you’re enjoying is made and how to identify a really great glass of vino. There’s zero snobbery at Fermented—in fact, visitors and locals alike consistently rave about how owner Adam and his team make everyone feel right at home. At Fermented, there truly are no silly questions. Whether you’re looking to rose all day or you’re down to Chardon-heyyyy, this is the right spot to get your wine on.
New York deli energy meets Georgia charm at this beloved dining spot. Grab a bite of chicken salad or a next-level charcuterie board, then saddle up with a generous pour from an eclectic selection of wines from around the world. Bonus points go to Savory Gourmet for their authentic (and insanely addictive) black and white cookies.
Round up your squad and roll over to Painting with a Twist to unwind with your favorite wine or cocktail while attempting to channel your inner Picasso. Not artistically inclined? No worries! It’s just as fun (maybe even more so) to be terrible and laugh until you cry while creating a piece of, um, “art” that has a hilarious origin story to go along with it.
Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season wear you out. Fight the wintry slump by warming yourself up with a well-deserved glass of wine at one of these epic local hangs. For other Alpharetta options ideal for rediscovering your best life via vino, check out this list.