Brief liquor selection notes
- Thi N. Mar 5, 2009 10:51 AM
After a thread where I asked about places to track down various things, I've been visiting a bunch of liquor stores. I'm a little obsessed right now, actually. Here's my notes so far:
Wine House: good, strong selection. Not the cheapest or deepest, but strong. One of the places to find Charbay Vodka, a current favorite in the New World of Wonderous American Vodka.
Wine and Liquor Depot the Valley. *Superb* bourbon and scotch selection. Most rarities, most insanely high end place, best prices. Deeper than is believable. Vodka selection and rum selection: less so.
Silverlake Wine. Small, but carefully selected range. Some nice, lesser-seen things - Michter's, Black Maple Hill, others.
Beverage Warehouse. Very, very good. The best rum and the best vodka selection I've seen. insane vodka selection - lots of hard to find or I've-never-seen-it-before Eastern European vodkas. The only place where I found some agricole rhums, and the only place that stocks a good selection of the really, shockingly exceptional Van Gogh vodka range.
Bourbon has been the center of my soul, but there are new developments in vodka-as-deeply-flavorful-thing (I don't mean flavored vodkas), that are really exciting right now.
Yeah - I'm surprised by how good Bev Mo is, esp. for a big box chain - they have some oddball Oregon brandies, and they're the only source in town for Shaker's Rye Vodka, which is *awesome*.
I noticed that some of my favorite New American Vodkas are coming out of wine country or bourbon county - says something, I think.
Totally agree; Beverage Warehouse is tops although if you drive down to the OC, check out Hi-Times Cellars.
Best prices on wines i've found in LA are at
Wine House as mentioned.
K and L wines in hollywood
LA Wine Store which operates out of a storage facility in Marina Del Ray
Wine Exchange in Orange
The Wine Club in Santa Ana
For older wines I like
Twenty Twenty Wines
Silver lake wines is great too.
Also 55 Degree wine is an excellent little wine store specializing in italian wines
Great list. I think I weighed in on your first post, but don't miss K&L in Hollywood (small but very good selection, often the only place in town that has a rare whiskey) and Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa (best selection of American whiskey, including bourbon, around).
Do I feel and LA Times article coming along?
You might want to check out Mission Liquor in Pasadena, at Washington & Allen. Their prices are very competitive (at or below BevMo's "Club Bev" prices on just about everything), and they have a lot of stuff. I'm not much of a tequila drinker, but they offer a dizzying array of choices.