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LilyL_2182 Oct 27, 2010 09:02 AM

Can somebody recommend a great wine store to me? I need to get a gift card to give to my friend who had been kind enough to let me stay with him while a search for a place to live. He pretty much opens a bottle of wine every night. ;)

Also, I'm specificially looking for a store, not a restaurant or wine bar.

Thank you!

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    priatno Oct 28, 2010 09:28 PM

    The Wine Bar in Hollywood & Highland Ctr

    http://www.thewinebarhollywood.com/

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      Gnoop Oct 28, 2010 02:44 PM

      Another vote for K&L. Ordering online is easy and shipment from any of their locations for will call pickup at the Hollywood store is free.

      Speaking of the Valley, Total Wine & Spirits just opened in Northridge. Quite a selection they have (though it's very heavy on U.S. wine).

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        carter Oct 29, 2010 11:10 AM

        the enclosed climate-controlled room just inside the back door has many Italian and French wines that are more expensive and thus need temperature controlling, as well as another round of security against theft.
        But their prices are indeed very good, as is the California selection.

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          Gnoop Nov 1, 2010 10:34 AM

          Indeed. The climate controlled area has some nice wines. Though I did notice they had to buff their offerings in there, throwing in some Bordeaux also found on the regular shelves. Plus they do tastings on the weekend which I like.

          However, just the Cabernet Sauvignon section compares with France and Italy combined (the two largest wine producing countries). Add in Chardonnay and they probably come close to all imports ;)

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        Robert Thornton Oct 28, 2010 02:14 PM

        The Wine Hotel on 3rd just west of La Brea, especially if you like French wine.

        And agreed on K&L. Also the Wine House isn't too far from Hollywood, off Olympic by the 405.

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          carter Oct 28, 2010 02:38 PM

          On a bad day, that Wine House recommendation can take 45 minutes to endure, 30 minutes on a good day.
          Also for French wine is Duvin on San Vicente just south of Melrose right near the Pacific Design Center. Really good selection and very knowledgable owner Rene

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          mc michael Oct 27, 2010 08:34 PM

          There's a good store in Larchmont, but you can't beat K&L. And they send you these tempting catalogues.

          http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?se...

          1. maxzook Oct 27, 2010 05:32 PM

            I'm not a wine drinker, but there's an excellent wine and cheese shop behind the Alcove Cafe on Hillhurst on Los Feliz. Call first, they seem to have limited hours.

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            Alcove Cafe & Bakery
            1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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              VealParmGuy Oct 27, 2010 04:15 PM

              Second both Greenblatt's and Venokado, however Greenblatt's doesn't do gift cards/certificates.

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              Venokado
              7714 Fountain Ave West, Hollywood, CA

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                Snoopy Oct 27, 2010 10:56 AM

                Domaine LA
                6801 Melrose Avenue
                (323) 932-0280

                Jill is terrific.

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                  eatseverything Oct 27, 2010 10:52 AM

                  Try Venokado. Small independent with nice, knowledgable people. Not your usual inventory and they have wine related gifts. 7714 Fountain Ave., West Hollywood CA 90046

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                  Venokado
                  7714 Fountain Ave West, Hollywood, CA

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                    carter Oct 27, 2010 09:45 AM

                    K&L on Vine Street, Greenblatt's already mentioned, Topline on San Fernando Road just east of I-5, Silver Lake Wine, but if coming over the hill to the valley, then Mission Wine & Spirits on Burbank near Woodman.

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                    Mission Wine & Spirits
                    13645 Burbank Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91401

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                      wilafur Oct 27, 2010 09:59 AM

                      agree with k&l, they are located smack dab in hollywood.

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                        Porthos Oct 27, 2010 10:29 AM

                        +1 for K&L. The online website is easy to navigate and order from...TOO easy actually. You can have merchandise shipped from the Northern California stores/wearhouse for free if you pick up at the Hollywood store. The prices are consistently 5-10% cheaper than Wally's.

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                          spoggly Oct 27, 2010 10:45 AM

                          Another vote for K&L. Porthos hit the nail on the head with the ability to have wine shipped for free to their store from any of their other stores. With that service, their inventory is probably one of the best in the country. Their library wines are also sourced well which makes buying aged wine less of a concern for me.

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                            perk Oct 27, 2010 07:21 PM

                            K & L certainly fits the bill. I love Topline, and find good sales at Greenblatt's....but K & L is terrific for gifts. And they're incredibly helpful and knowledgable.

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                      lizziee Oct 27, 2010 09:16 AM

                      Greenblatt's

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