Can anyone living around the Santa Cruz area recommend a good general-purpose place to buy reasonably priced bottles of wine from a knowledgeable staff? Bonus points if it's located in Santa Cruz proper. I normally get around by bike. Only place I know of is Soif but I have no idea how their staff or prices compare to what I should be looking for.
I'm a kind of broke-ass student. I like to have a glass or two nightly but I can't afford to regularly spend much more than $10-15 a bottle. (That's a lot for my budget range but I make up for it by not buying new anything else or owning a car.) I don't know anything about wine except that I like it but I'm reluctant to keep taking a risk every few days on bottles that might turn out to be below average or poor. and I'm not desperate enough to resort to drinking two-buck Chuck all the time.
I'm a curious and interested beer drinker too so same points apply.