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Hard to Find Italian Wines on the Westside

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mwallace930 Aug 5, 2010 11:58 PM

I've been looking for a wine shop on the westside that has a wide selection of Italian wines. I've been to Wally's and Bay City Deli, and they certainly have some great Italian wines, including some interesting ones, but its mostly Northern Italian (Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto). I see the occasional bottle of southern italian wine like a Salice di Salentino or Lacryma Christi, but the DOC(G) range is limited. It would also be great to find some of the Northern Italian wines I enjoy like Carmignano or Est! Est! Est! So what's the deal? Do you know where to find these smaller production wines? Do they just not import them to the US/LA?

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    cacio e pepe RE: mwallace930 Aug 6, 2010 12:19 AM

    Try Wine Expo, Wine House, and 2020.

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    Wine House
    2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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

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      will47 RE: cacio e pepe Aug 6, 2010 12:25 AM

      I haven't been, but I've also heard great thing about Wine Expo for Italian wines.

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

    2. hnsbmg RE: mwallace930 Aug 6, 2010 01:05 AM

      K&L Wine Merchants lists both Salice di Salentino and Lacryma Christi on its Web site ( www.klwines.com ), and they have a retail store in Hollywood, if you can't find what you want closer to the Westside. I haven't been to the Hollywood location, but I occasionally stopped by the one in Redwood City when I lived in Silicon Valley. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and the selection was excellent.

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      K&L Wine Merchants
      1400 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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        Jwsel RE: mwallace930 Aug 6, 2010 08:44 AM

        Looking at the Wine House website - http://winehouse.com - it listed three Salice Salentino when I searched for "salice." I also found a DOC and two DOCG wines. Their site also lists more than 1,000 Italian wines.

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        Wine House
        2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

        1. Servorg RE: mwallace930 Aug 6, 2010 08:49 AM

          You might also enjoy (and find it useful) going over to the Chowhound wine board to talk about southern Italian wines: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/34?t...

          ADD: For instance, here is a really interesting and informative thread on the Wine Board which talks about "off or under the radar wines" http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6895... to do a tasting.

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            Servorg RE: Servorg Aug 6, 2010 10:12 AM

            One other thought for places to try in Santa Monica. Have you ever been to Guidi Marcello? They are kind of hidden away off of Olympic Blvd, but would be worth checking out if you like Bay Cities (even if they don't have the wines you are looking for they are another great resource for Italian food, wine and beer on the west side).

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            Guidi Marcello
            1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

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