Choosing a bottle of wine can be intimidating, but that's no reason to limit yourself to Two-Buck Chuck. Luckily, St. Louis is home to lots of boutique wine shops offering a range of bottles from bargain buys to rare allocations you might not find anywhere else – just bend the ear of the shop's friendly buyer (in many cases a certified sommelier) and you're sure to find something new to love. Whether you're stocking up for the holidays or just looking for a nice bottle to open on your next date with the couch (we won't judge), these shops offer plenty to choose from.

Liz Miller is editor in chief of Feast Magazine.

Heather Riske is the digital director at Feast.

Nancy Stiles is the managing editor at Feast.