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Dark cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, and mocha. This wine is mouth coating with intense dark fruits supported by sweet vanilla, oak, and a hint of chocolate.

A bold red blend with aromas of black raspberry and cocoa with hints of black cherry and licorice. Flavors of black plum, fig, and blackberry, with accents of boysenberry jam and spice on the finish.

Offers a pure, fruit driven example of Argentina's signature grape. Medium in body with juicy berry flavors and a finish of soft tannins.

The perfect combo of cherry, boysenberry, plum and chocolate flavors. Raised right, it's well rounded with mild tannins.

Flavors of tropical and stone fruit balanced with hints of oak and vanilla leading to a long, luscious finish.

Food Pairings: Chicken, Pork, Seafood, Pasta

Ripe fruit flavors of pear, crisp green apple, vanilla, and toasty caramel. This medium-bodied Chardonnay is 70% barrel fermented integrating both fruity and oak notes.

A rich and silky blend with notes of black cherries and vanilla in every sip.

Food Pairings: Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Chicken, Roasted Lamb, Hearty Pasta Dishes, Cheese Boards

Showcases flavors of clove, pepper, plum, blueberry and cocoa.

Food Pairings: Rack of Lamb, Seared Steaks, Mushroom Risotto, Pork Tenderloin, Cheese Boards

Moët Impérial is the House's iconic champagne. Created in 1869, it embodies Moët & Chandon's unique style, a style distinguished by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity.

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Colonial Wines & Spirits’ ample inventory is now available for curbside or delivery

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If you ask Clark Trim what his favorite wine is, he’ll tell you it’s the one in the glass he’s holding at the time. He’s got some favorites: whites and rosés in the summer, reds in the wintertime. He thinks Rieslings are hugely underrated, and loves a good Chablis. For Trim and his partner, Henrik Thostrup, it’s not so much about whether the grape hails from California or Tuscany or the sticker price, it’s about whether you like it or not. “Just enjoy what you like to drink,” Trim said. “A $100 bottle of wine is not worth anything if you don’t enjoy it.”

Trim and Thostrup opened Colonial Wines & Spirits in 1992. In those days, gas stations didn’t have growler taps, craft beer was still a relatively niche endeavor, and Central Arkansas was a bit of a Sauvignon Blanc desert. Equipped with Trim’s background in hotel/restaurant management and Thostrup’s background as a chef, the pair made it their business to anticipate trends and to catalyze new ones. 

“There were very few Sauvignon Blancs available in the state in 1992, and we got with our suppliers very early on,” Trim said. “And as hesitant as they were to bring a lot of Sauvignon Blanc in — they said, ‘Oh, people aren’t gonna drink anything but Chardonnay,’ and we said, ‘Just bring them. We’ll sell them. I think one of the first ones we got was [from] Villa Maria, in New Zealand. And our suppliers were very surprised to see how that trend caught on.” When they think a particular drink is going to go big, they’ll lean on their research and stock up on names from beyond the mainstream channels. Right now, Trim said, you’re going to find champagnes — a lot of them. Trim and Thostrup are proud of their work to “make champagne an everyday wine,” Trim said. “It’s a great wine for pairing with all kinds of food. When we came here to Arkansas in ’92, we started doing tastings privately with champagnes and food pairings, and we went from having maybe five to six champagnes to having a full 40-foot section with 10 shelves full of sparkling wines and champagnes.” Bubbly, he said, is “not just for New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day.”

Keeping inventory flexible — and ample — means that Colonial needs a lot of space. It had operated in the ’90s from a building on the corner of Alamo Drive and West Markham Street and, in 2007, moved a few blocks eastward to its current location at 11200 W. Markham. The parking lot’s a breeze to get in and out of, and that began to come in handy in March, as Central Arkansans began to self-isolate at home and new “emergency rules” allowing local liquor stores to deliver were implemented. “It was literally announced in the governor’s briefing that afternoon,” Trim said, “and the next day we began to ramp up for it. It was not a simple task. First of all, the requirements were that there were no third parties available; Grubhub, for example, couldn’t deliver alcoholic beverages. It was specifically required that the company own the vehicles, and that the delivery personnel must be employed by the store.” So, the next day, Trim said, they went out and bought a van. 

“But one of the things you may not think about,” he said, “was getting commercial insurance to deliver alcohol. That was kind of a hurdle. Not everyone will write that insurance. … And then the internal things, if you compare the steps a customer takes during an online order to the steps taken when a customer comes in and shops, there is about five times more labor involvement for us to fill an online order or a curbside order. So it was a learning curve for sure, We worked on it very diligently to make sure that we were doing exactly the right things, that we got the orders filled properly and delivered properly.” For one thing, Trim and Thostrup had to make sure they knew who they were selling to, and to put safeguards in place to prevent minors from attempting to order liquor delivery; the customer who ordered the delivery must be present at the home, ID in hand, to accept the delivery. “It was not an easy task, but it was manageable, and it has been successful for us,” Trim said.

And, unsurprisingly, it’s something Trim and Co. would like to see stick around. “I think the customers who use the service — not only from Colonial, but from other stores throughout the metroplex here and throughout the county — the customers enjoy that convenience. I think it would be a very good service to the community if it would be continued. I’m not an attorney, and I don’t profess to know what process it would take to become permanent. But it’s my understanding that it would take a change in the law. … We’re hoping that maybe it will be addressed in the next session, and that there will be enough support behind it to make it permanent.” 

Meanwhile, Trim said, they don’t take awards like those in the Arkansas Times’ Best of Arkansas poll for granted. “We are very humbled that your readers have picked us in these two categories. … We will continue to work extremely hard to meet the desires of our community and to take care of our customers.”  

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“ Very few folks in the greater Little Rock area are rummies. ” in 2 reviews

Ryan D.

“ They didn't have one type of whiskey I was looking for. ” in 2 reviews

Jen M.

“ The guy helping me, Nick , told me to wait at the register while he went to the back of the store for my club soda. ” in 2 reviews

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11200 W Markham St

Little Rock, AR 72211

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Colonial is Arkansas' premiere shop for specialty wines, spirits and beers. We are over 10,000 sq ft and use our space to carry a world-class selection accompanied by a very knowledgable and friendly staff. Come visit the tasting bar Tuesday - Saturday 1 - 7pm! …

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One of the nicest stores around. Staff is knowledgeable, friendly and hard working (thanks, Nick). The selection is wide ranging with plenty of specials. Extra credit is given for the five star restroom.

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Great selection of products, but way overpriced. Could by the same product for over 5 dollars less down the street

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This is the best liquor store in the Little Rock area. They have the best selection and reasonable prices. Great customer service, too. Please note that if you save up rewards in lieu of redeeming immediately for discounts in their rewards program your rewards accumulate at a higher rate. We found this out after being a member for almost 2 years. I hope they will expand their natural wine selection so that we don't have to stock up during our travels elsewhere.

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They show a sale price on a whiskey gift set of $79.00 usually priced at $99.00. After checking out and leaving the store I found that I had been charged the full price. Check your credit card statement closely as the will scam you.

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As a new resident to the area, I'm thankful Colonial is so close to my house AND has a great selection. Their employees are always knowledgeable and helpful.

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AVOID Went to buy $500 worth of wine and was treated poorly by staff and manager. Long story but if I were you, I WOULD NOT ASK FOR HELP IF I WERE YOU! Guess the manager is too busy and too important for "dumb" wine questions....sheesh.

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I was in a hurry as my Uber was waiting outside. The guy helping me, Nick, told me to wait at the register while he went to the back of the store for my club soda. Brought me two different brands of club soda to choose from showing me how the sodium amount was different on each. He was really nice and helpful. Great prices too! Thanks Nick!

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The go to place in Little Rock...nay probably Arkansas for adult beverages. They have a very wide selection of wine and beer. The liquor selection isn't quite as grand but some of the best in LR. I was quite surprised to see they carry Soju, a Korean rice liquor, and a variety of Sochu, a Japanese rice liquor. Their international variety of liquor and large selection of wine and beer secure this place for anyone who needs a drink in LR.

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There is no better liquor store. Hands down. If you're looking for something, they've got it, or they'll get it. Really awesome selection, beautifully organized, in addition to a mini-taproom for both beer and wine (maybe the stronger stuff too, I'm honestly not sure). They also have a wide selection of novelty mugs, cups, coozies, coasters, etc. They also fill growlers! And the staff? Gloriously, and somewhat atypically, friendly and helpful! Definitely worth the trip, even if it's well out of your way :)

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3.5... Ok so this place reminds me of Bev Mo in CA. Smaller than what I'm accustomed to. My friends were buying wine and spirits for their Tuscan party and they had a section dedicated to Tuscan wines. Needless to say, they spent over $2 bills and were happy with their purchase. I, on the other hand, found a small section of my wines. (I'm more into the Moscato D'Asti wines.) I did find the wine I was looking for. I had great wine at Bravo and asked for the name so that I could bring a bottle home with me. I did find it for about $20. I did find the wine a bit more costly than in SD. For instance, my fav Michele Chiarlo wine cost several dollars more than what I normally pay. I understand that they have a wine bar for tasting, but wasn't able to experience it. I believe they have designated hours for wine tastings here. As I pay, the employee carded me (their policy). He gave me an awesome compliment by saying that I looked 10 yrs younger than indicated on my license. YES! He mentioned that I was only a couple yrs younger than him and I looked great for my age. A plus is that there's lots of parking and they open late - 11p on weeknights and 12a on weekends.

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