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We are spending a month in Laguna Beach and can only bring, via the car, so much wine. I'm wondering where the best place within reasonable driving distance, we might find a good selection of wine at fair prices. I seem to remember someone here mentioning a wherehouse kind of wine store south of Laguna. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    1. I'm in Los Angeles and I order a lot of wine from Wine Exchange in Orange (Northern Orange County). http://www.winex.com/ They consistently have the lowest prices in the entire United States on a lot of the wines I'm interested in.

      You could definitely drive there from Laguna -- probably about 30 minutes or so, but you could also have it delivered (which is what I do, since there is no way I would drive 50 minutes from L.A. to shop there). Delivery is not outrageous and it reliably comes the next day (without extra expedited delivery). I've had no problems with heat damage either -- unless you are buying a very pricey bottle of aged wine, I can't imagine that one day on a truck could ruin it.

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      Wine Exchange
      2368 N Orange Mall, Orange, CA 92865

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      1. re: omotosando

        We have transported a few bottles on a yearly basis, so no problem there. We stay on the coast and have covered parking and are there in 1 1/2 days.
        omotosando, you are right. I'm sure that's the place. I know it was a warehouse kind of place with wine cases stacked here and there. We will make a run there. Hubby loves to wine shop so he will be delighted!
        Thanks so much!

      2. The Wine Club in Santa Ana is a warehouse store in Santa Ana. (Orange adjacent) is what you're looking for. Great wine and very good prices.

        http://www.thewineclub.com/

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        1. Wine Club in Santa Ana is good.

          The best liquor store in OC is Hi Times Liquor not too far north in Costa Mesa.

          There is a Total Wine off the 5 at Jamboree. If you sign up via email, you get regular coupons.

          Lastly, there are several Costcos in the area if you are a member. The one at the 5 and Crown Valley is probably the closest. Either that one or the one in Irvine near the Irvine Spectrum.

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          Hi-Time Wine Cellars
          250 Ogle St, Costa Mesa, CA

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          1. re: ocshooter

            Yea, I was going to mention Costco, too. You mentioned specific kinds of wines....so I'm not sure you'll find everything you need there. But it really does cover a lot of bases at very competitive price points.

            1. re: perk

              I like value, and I can always find a good bottle in the $15 range there. I wish they had a better selection of Zins, especially Ridge, one of my favorite wineries. If you like what they have, you are probably not going to get a better deal, but you are stuck with only the few that they have.

            2. re: ocshooter

              Is Hi Times Liquor a small shop? I checked online and they seem a little weak in Italian and French wines.

              1. re: omotosando

                I tend to stay with the California wines, but Hi Times should have a fair selection. Much more so than Wine Exchange. Total Wine has a good selection of French wines, including some well out of my price range.

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                Wine Exchange
                1500 E Village Way # 2368, Orange, CA

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

                1. re: omotosando

                  Just stopped by Hi Time for the first time. Very impressive champagne selection. The Billecart Salmon Rose was on sale and actually $10 cheaper than KL.

                  Snagged the last 3 bottles of Egly Ouriet Rose.

                  I'd definitely come back here for champagne.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Hi Time has some extremely knowledgable people working in their wine department. Their recommendations ar usually very dependable. They probably have the best selection in the area, although Total Wine at Jamboree and I-5 is not bad. I snagged some wonderful Chateauneuf-de-Pape there a few months back that was a steal!

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

              2. I live in OC and I make the drive to Hollywood to KL because I like their selection of Burgundy and Bordeaux and their prices. I usually swing by towards the end of the day and pick up the past month or two's purchases and transfer in bulk. If it's only a case or two, I put it in the front with the AC on. Check out their website. It is dangerously easy to search and purchase. Anything from their northern Cal stores and warehouse can be transferred for pick up at the Hollywood branch for free.

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                1. re: Porthos

                  Porthos, ever been to The Wine Country in Signal Hill? Very strong French department. I'm a Burgundy/Champagne freak, and lucky enough to live about a mile away from it. It's right off the 405, and MUCH closer than H'wood.

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                  Wine Country
                  2301 Redondo Ave, Signal Hill, CA

                  1. re: vickib

                    The Wine Country has a small, but interesting selection of wines from the Loire Valley. Their shipping rates are not competitive though, so I left my last selection in my online shopping basket. However, I definitely plan to stop there on the way the next time I drive to Orange County from L.A., since apparently the store is only a few minutes off the 405.

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                    Wine Country
                    2301 Redondo Ave, Signal Hill, CA