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Apr 14, 2011 10:25 AM

Inexpensive Wine

I'm having a party in May, sort of a mediterranean vibe and am looking for good, inexpensive (below $10 a bottle) wine to serve. Red and White and a Prossecco. Any ideas?

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  1. What part of town are you in? There are a number of good wine stores around that have interesting selections that should fit the bill.

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      1. re: bosanova99

        I did notice a huge ad in the LA Times today for this brand new (as of today) wine store called "Total Wine" in Thousand Oaks. Probably worth checking out. Looks like they are having a real "grand opening" sale:

        1. re: Servorg

          Total wine also has a coupon that allows you to take $10 off every $50 worth of wine you buy.

          1. re: Servorg

            Thousand Oaks Total Wine place link

            Total Wine
            394 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

          2. re: bosanova99

            If you're on the westside, call Wine Expo and ask for Roberto. They have a lot of interesting inexpensive Italian wines (including a good selection of prosecco), which should fit your mediterranean vibe. Just tell him what sort of wine you want (e.g., your reds more fruity or funky, etc.). He also knows food, so tell him what you're serving as well.

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

              1. re: Robert Thornton

                Wine Expo is good for sparklers of all sorts, and they know their stuff, but I find them a bit pricey.

                Good for finding interesting stuff though. LIke a Marquis de Sade champagne. (not remotely painful to drink however!)

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

                1. re: foodiemahoodie

                  I've tried to like and patronize this place, but the guy behind the counter (guessing he's the owner) wouldn't give me the time of day the few times I went. I must have picked up at least a few cases between those visits, yet I didn't even merit more than a couple of shrugs and a nod or shake of his head from behind the counter - wouldn't budge from his seat behind the counter. He definitely has some stuff you won't see elsewhere (the bulk of what I saw is Italian, some Spanish, South American, French) but there's too many other wine shops around that I'm more than happy with.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    That's Roberto, the manager. He's a little gruff, but not as bad as the "soup nazi" ;)

                    Unless it's a specific grower champagne that I already know I want, I just ask him, "what should I buy in this price range"?

            1. re: Robert Thornton

              Any decent wine store will be able to meet that price point in a fairly interesting way.

              1. re: JudiAU

                I've picked up my share of just okay or worse wines by relying on advice from sales associates at so-called decent wine stores. For instance, Wally's, K & L and Wine Expo come to mind (although to be fair, I have also gotten good wines at Wine Expo based on their recommendations; at K & L based on scouring the website and deciding what might be to my palate and at Wally's by going in to buy a specific wine that I already had in mind). Your mileage may vary.

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

            2. Los Angeles Wine Co
              4935 McConnell Ave Unit #8 #8
              Los Angeles, CA 90066-6756
              (310) 306-9463

              Wine House
              2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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              1. re: vinosnob

                the last time i went to LA Wine Company they were selling 2005 Renwood Zinfandel Old Vine at $7/bttl.
                the wine was given a rating of 88 by Wine Spectator, and i personally like it a lot.
                fantastic price for this quality.
                i've already bought a case for myself.

                1. re: bosanova99

                  If you come back and let us know where you went and what you got for what price that would be helpful. I did notice in the ad for Total Wine that their price (not for the inexpensive buyers) for a half bottle (375ML) of 2005 Chateau D'Yquem was $199 (contrast that with Wally's online price of $444 or the Wine House for $389). Not at all bad.

                2. Silverlake wine does a great job recommending with in this price range. And all the prices on their bottles include tax!

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                  1. re: emosbaugh

                    Silverlake Wine, or Top Line, on San Fernando Road (LA/Glendale border)

                    Silverlake Wine
                    2395 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                    1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                      im pretty sure silverlake wine also gives you 10% off purchases of 12 bottles or more

                      1. re: emosbaugh

                        I recommend Silverlake wine as well. They will even find you something that's good for $10 a bottle.

                      2. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                        For a red, I found a cote du rhone at Topline that is quite good for $7.99 a bottle. Probably purchased 6-8 bottles already.

                        1. re: carter

                          Topline is just a great place. Great selection and they really know their stuff!

                        2. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                          Topline is terrific. Best prices in town.....and they're really nice and know their stuff!

                      3. Last time I was at K&L (on Vine in Hollywood) they had few boxes of Mezzocorona CS, which I think is pretty good for a $8 bottle of wine.


                        It's great with strong foods.