Wine Hits Grocery Stores in Tennessee

June 20, 2016

Many of our friends have been asking about July 1, 2016 — the first day wine will be sold in grocery stores in Tennessee. It’s an exciting change, but here are some reasons you will want to keep shopping at your favorite wine and spirits store for your wine fix. Bluegrass Beverages will always offer:

Better Selection

If you’re flexible about the quality, varietal, and region of the wine, the grocery store will probably have something that’ll work, but if you want to have more options, a wine and spirits store is going to fit your needs better. Wine and spirits stores have cultivated their selection for years, and some even specialize in certain varietals or regions. When you want to try something new and exciting, or if you’re looking for something a little rarer, a wine store is the place for you.

Better Pricing

The law that allows wine in grocery stores requires each grocery store to operate independently when buying wine. This prevents chains like Publix or Kroger from using their bulk purchasing power to get lower prices. The law also requires any store selling wine to set the retail price at least 20 percent above the wholesale price, meaning grocery stores can’t cut their margins to offer lower prices.
Since wine and spirits stores usually buy more cases of the same wine at a time, they can pass on those lower prices to the consumer.

More Stock

Wine stores have more storage space for wine, so they’ll have more stock of your favorite bottles. If you need a case or two of one kind of wine for a party or event, your best bet is a wine and spirits store. Most wine and spirits stores also offer some sort of discount for purchasing a case.

Knowledgeable Staff 

For many of us, wine is more than just a beverage. It’s a passion. When you develop a relationship with someone who is knowledgeable about wine, they can help you expand your palette and try new things. We pride ourselves in having an excellent staff who can offer recommendations and make your buying process easier. Stop into Bluegrass Beverages soon and let our awesome staff recommend your new favorite wine!

One Stop Shop for Party Beverages

Bluegrass Beverages will always be your one stop shop for all party beverages. From birthdays to weddings, we are ready to celebrate with you. Our events coordinator, Amanda Sinks, will help you pick out the best wine, spirits and beer for your event budget - big or small. Planning an event?


We love wine. We love talking about it and we love helping our customers choose the perfect bottle. Hope to see you soon!