Looking for LA area Costco with good wine
- Dr. Debs Mar 5, 2007 07:58 PM
Help! I've been hopelessly spoiled by the wine selections in No Cal Costcos. My local Costco's wine selection is AWFUL (Alhambra--they've had the same 16 wines in the bins since October) so I schlepped to Los Feliz and it was only marginally better, which surprised me since is was LOS FELIZ for God's sake.
Does anyone know of an area Costco with a big and decent wine selection? I'm talking 2 of those island jobs with the bins all around. I'm not interested as much in the stuff on the pallets. I want to buy good interesting wine. Asuza? Burbank? Montebello? City of Industry? Anyone shop at these and can describe the vino? Prefer east and north of the city, but will venture to the west side and the 405 if required.
I know Costco sells more wine than any US retailer. I know their prices are fairly cheap. Maybe you like the 2% rebate for executive members. BUT... there are other better places about for quality wine at good prices, to wit: Topline on San Fernando Rd. in Glendale; Wine Expo at 2933 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica; Wine House on Cotner in WLA. And K&L Wines is about to open a store on Vine in Hollywood. Another possibility is Du Vin on San Vicente near the Beverly Center--smaller, but interesting. Start driving and signing up for the newsletters and emails.
you should have gone just a little bit further past Los Feliz to the Costco in Burbank, their selection is better. The one in Westlake Village is good too but probably too far for you coming from Alhambra. But if you're in this area you should check out Silverlake Wine on Glendale Blvd, Rosso Wine on Verdugo also in Glendale, Red Carpet on Glenoaks, Colorado wine on Coloroado in Eagle Rock, as well as the previously mentiond Topline. I hadnt realized how many good small wine shops there are in this area. The advantage to most of them is they specialize in smaller wineries that cant supply the volumn required by the big retailers. Selections are much larger than Costco and the prices are as good or better than anywhere else Ive found the same wines. Added bonus; most offer wine tasteings, have very knowledgeable staffs, no Costco parking and checkout line chaos
Another good small wine shop is Petite Vendome in Pasadena--on Lake, or just East of Lake. The manager knows his stuff and makes good recs. Worth paying a little more for.
Here's another vote for Topline on San Fernando in Glendale - Have gotten some excellent wines there at the owner(?)'s suggestion. There is also a Beverages & More store on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena - maybe not so much for smaller vineyards, but have been fairly lucky there. Red Carpet on Glenoaks in Glendale is good, but pricey.
And there's always Trader Joe's!!!