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Wine Shops near(ish) West LA?

GJWhite Nov 26, 2007 02:25 PM

I'm moving from NY to LA in a few weeks and will desperately miss my local wine shop--truly one of a kind. I was wondering if anyone had any good wine shop recs in or around the West LA area.

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    TailbackU Nov 26, 2007 02:36 PM

    Wine House is in WLA. One of the best wine stores in all of LA.


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      rickym13 Nov 26, 2007 02:40 PM

      i second wine house on cotner. also you might want to check out:

      l.a. wine company
      20/20 (very expensive but fun to look)

      and if you are really into wine....you might have blast driving to:

      manhattan beach fine wine (manhattan beach)
      woodland hills wine co (woodland hills)
      wine exhcange (orange)
      wine club (santa ana)
      hi time (costa mesa)

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      1. re: rickym13
        Foodandwine Nov 26, 2007 02:43 PM

        rickym13, you just summed up in one paragraph what took me 3 or so years to obtain. I hope the OP understands the value of your reply..

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        jlrobe Nov 26, 2007 02:41 PM

        Wally's Wine and Spirits. The Wine House on 2311 cotner.

        Are you in and around westwood blvd, or are you west of the 405 around santa monica?

        LA does have some decent stuff, but LA is laid out horribly. it will take time to get used to LA, but if you give it time, it might be bareable for a New Yorker.

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          Outerspace Nov 26, 2007 02:56 PM

          Make sure you check out Wine Expo for a great selection of Italian wines and very friendly, helpful staff. They send out a good newsletter as well as interesting emails. You can subscribe to the emails at wineexpo@earthlink.net. Wine Expo is a good supplement to, or replacement for, some of the better-known stores.

          Rickym13 mentioned the Wine Exchange in Orange. They have a fantastic selection and have weekend tastings. They also have a great monthly newsletter and frequent emails regarding new selections and opportunities.

          Wine Exchange
          2368 N Orange Mall, Orange, CA 92865

          Wine Expo
          2933 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

          1. Porthos Nov 26, 2007 03:03 PM

            Wine House is great but K&L usually has better prices. Between the two, you can usually get whatever you're looking for. You can order from any of the K&L branches and bypass shipping by picking up at the store. Another cool feature is the "old and rare" selection where you can occasionally find some gems. Not really West LA-ish though.


            1. paulfromla Nov 26, 2007 04:33 PM

              i buy a lot of wine and while wally's and the wine house are standbys - K&L is too far away to really rely on - BUT, my suggestion would be to try out Bristol Farms' wine section - i've found a lot of really good stuff there, usually at completely competitive prices - it won't have any of local small growers' stuff obviously but the best of that is usually mail order anyway or source bought - i say check out bristol farms when you are here and see what you think

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                soccerandlost Nov 26, 2007 06:32 PM

                Wine House, hands-down in my book. Great selection, but what really separates them from the pack is their knowledgeable staff who always seem able to help pick the perfect wine -- and not merely the most expensive one.

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                  bearymore Nov 27, 2007 03:07 PM

                  I second The Wine House. Don't forget the Los Angeles Wine Co. in Marina del Rey as well. Excellent wines at good prices in a kind of warehouse setting. Very good selection of French wines. Their site is http://www.lawineco.com

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                    jasah Nov 29, 2007 09:09 AM

                    This place also has a great tequila selection as well as other spirits

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                      wilafur Nov 30, 2007 08:53 AM

                      i believe you are thinking of the beverage warehouse at the far end of the complex.

                  2. streetgourmetla Nov 27, 2007 10:38 PM

                    Du Vin on San Vicente in West Hollywood/Beverly Hills for European wines.
                    Jon n Pete's on La Cienega.

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                      GJWhite Nov 29, 2007 07:02 AM

                      Wow, thanks for the great responses. I've been in LA this past week visiting friends and my future apartment, and man, what an odd place this is. What's striking is the seeming incongruity between and within areas. One second you're driving down a crowded street, the next, you've turned left (a pleasure at rush hour) onto a quiet place lined with million dollar homes.

                      But the strangest thing is the lack of people on the streets. The idea that you can't just call someone up, ask where they are, and hop on a train or, gasp, walk, to meet them.

                      Having said that, a good wine store will ease in the transition.

                      1. re: GJWhite
                        Fidelixi Nov 29, 2007 08:54 AM

                        Life is but a series of transitions, is it not? Hence...

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                          gadflier Nov 29, 2007 04:02 PM

                          That feeling never goes away. Start searching now for "NY Chinese" on the boards is my advice. But it's great out here in many other ways. Welcome.

                          Wine House is the clear winner in my book, get a member's card. The prior advice to check out Bristol Farms is also good advice, focus on a staff selection. For under $10 wine, TJ's is also a reliable choice. Whole Foods wine much less so, staying in the theme of over priced groceries.

                          1. re: GJWhite
                            rickym13 Nov 29, 2007 04:15 PM

                            gjwhite - if you are looking for best in-stor wine tasting in l.a. area...check out.
                            red carpet in glendale!
                            they have tasting every friday and sat and will pour stuff that you dream about!
                            for instance...this week.

                            insignia, dominus, opus one, quintessa, wolf family and rudd in one flight

                            99' dom, 99' perrier jouet, 98' la grande dame, 95' charles heidsieck and 00' cristal for champange flight!

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                          Bruce in SLO Nov 29, 2007 04:22 PM

                          For a look at the top of the line shop visit
                          The Wine Merchant
                          9467 Santa Monica Blvd
                          Beverly Hills, CA 90210
                          But I love Wally's.

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                            westwood Nov 30, 2007 08:00 AM

                            I'm late to the discussion but I'm surprised that Beverage Warehouse on McConnell hasn't made the list. They a great selection and things are often a buck or two cheaper than wine house. They have a top notch beer selection and a novelty liquor section that I find it difficult to tear myself away from.


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                              sweetTooth Nov 30, 2007 09:53 AM

                              I like going to Beverage Warehouse more than LA Wine Co. - I've consistently gotten good recommendations from them whereas folks at the LA Wine Co. seem to have their own idea of what is good and they don't seem to take in account what you've listed as characteristics *you* like. Also, Bev warehouse has a larger selection of wines, IMHO. Sometimes I go to both if one doesn't have something specific I'm looking for, since they are so close by.

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