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Where do you buy your wine in OC?

vonger44 Jul 29, 2006 05:20 AM

Any recs besides online/LA vendors would be appreciated.

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  1. Professor Salt RE: vonger44 Jul 29, 2006 05:25 AM

    Here's three solid wine shops:

    Hi Times in Costa Mesa

    Wine Exchange in Orange

    Wine Country in Long Beach

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      reality check RE: Professor Salt Jul 29, 2006 07:19 AM

      Been to Hi Times once and I will never go back. Very rude service. I walked in asked "Where are the Merlot?" The response was Read the signs they will are clear enough. I walked right out but not before messing up a couple displays. I should have broken a couple bottles of wine. I have never had somebody respond that way to me before.

      I went to Wine Country right after and spent over $150 that I would have spent at Hi Times.

    2. MEalcentric RE: vonger44 Jul 29, 2006 05:42 AM

      Bemvo, Hi-times in Newport/Costa Mesa and sadly Trader Joes.

      1. OCAnn RE: vonger44 Jul 29, 2006 05:51 AM

        VENDOME LIQUOR in Fullerton (Yorba Linda Blvd/Placentia Ave). They also have beer & wine tastings.

        1. Funwithfood RE: vonger44 Jul 29, 2006 01:50 PM

          Wine Exchange.

          1. MEalcentric RE: vonger44 Jul 29, 2006 05:07 PM

            Forgot to mention Cost Plus. The staff is pretty useless, but the selection can be good and the prices are fair.

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              LA Noodle RE: vonger44 Jul 29, 2006 05:17 PM

              wine club off 55 freeway

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                OliveBelle RE: vonger44 Jul 29, 2006 06:15 PM

                Vendome in Fullerton (Vicki there knows her stuff), and there's a new place...something rock maybe?

                1. OCEllen RE: vonger44 Jul 29, 2006 06:26 PM

                  Wine Exchange
                  Cost Plus

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                    OCBites RE: vonger44 Jul 29, 2006 09:15 PM

                    Wine Club, Tustin
                    Wine Exchange, Orange (my fave)
                    Vendome, Fullerton (runner-up)
                    Hi-Times, sometimes
                    Cost Plus when I'm near one and they offer something new for notalot.
                    Bevmo for the occasional case of house wine (read:cheap).
                    Trader Joe's for the ONLY $4.99 Zinfandel I've ever managed to stomach (Old Moon; it's shockingly decent).

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                      Funwithfood RE: OCBites Jul 29, 2006 09:35 PM

                      How are the prices at Vendome (and selection)?

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                        OCAnn RE: Funwithfood Aug 1, 2006 11:57 PM

                        Vendome has a good (not great) selection w/fair prices & knowledgeable staff. Easily fits the bill for most my needs.

                    2. 1000steps RE: vonger44 Jul 30, 2006 01:36 AM

                      Wine Exchange is the best.
                      Hi Times is a close second..
                      Unfortunately I live in So. OC. so Bev Mo gets most of my biz.

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                        sfglutton RE: vonger44 Jul 31, 2006 05:19 PM

                        I like Rolf's a lot. They are on PCH next to the Ferrari dealership, but their prices are great and I really like the selection.


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                          vonger44 RE: vonger44 Aug 1, 2006 06:09 AM

                          Thanks everyone. I used to frequent Hi TImes when I lived in the area and before I moved to South OC. I will defintely check out Vendome and the Wine Exchange which are near and on the way from work.

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                            torta basilica RE: vonger44 Aug 4, 2006 10:38 PM

                            Hi-Times is always great for me
                            Wine Club - Tustin
                            Von's Pavilions ;-) (hey, if I like it, it's on sale & I get 10% more off, I'm very happy!)

                            1. halfjapanese RE: vonger44 Nov 21, 2006 07:24 PM

                              If you are trying to find a specific wine, try www.wine-searcher.com. It will tell you exactly which store in O.C. has the wine you are looking for.

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                                nikinaka RE: vonger44 Nov 21, 2006 09:43 PM

                                MORRY'S OF NAPLES
                                5764 E. 2nd Street
                                Long Beach, CA 90803
                                (Tollfree) (800) 539-8011
                                (Phone) (562) 433-0405
                                (Fax) (562) 433-7843

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