A Guide to the Best Wine Stores in LA

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You’re a worldly soul. You know the difference between Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio…or maybe you just want to look like someone who does. Well, if that’s the case, you’re going to need a little help. And we know just where to find it.

We went looking for the best wine shops in Los Angeles – the ones with the widest variety; the most carefully curated selections; and the most knowledgeable staff. And whether you’re looking for an inexpensive bottle of wine to accompany a homemade meal; willing to spend a fortune for interesting addition for your cellar; or just looking to pick up a stellar (but not crazy expensive) bottle of wine for your hostess, you are sure to find what you need at one of these stores.

And be sure to check out their websites for event information. Most of these places offer tastings, classes or other events that will help make you more knowledgeable and look even more worldly to your friends! L’Chaim!

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Duck Blind Liquor

1102 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 394-6705

For many Santa Monica-ites, this wine store is a neighborhood staple. From the outside it might look like you’re buying wine from the Seven 11, but inside is a very knowledgeable team and a great selection of beer and wine perfect for everything from beach BBQ’s to elegant dinner parties.
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Wally’s Wine

2107 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(888) 992-5597

Wally’s is a West Side institution. Phenomenal selection, helpful staff, great prices (and lots of specials!). And if you’re looking for great accompaniments, you definitely want to check out the Cheese Box next door!
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The Wine House

2311 Cotner Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3731

This slightly larger wine store also has a restaurant upstairs where they do dinners and pairings. The selection might look overwhelming, but the staff is so incredibly knowledegable that they can bee-line you right to exactly what you need. I also love that they sell cheese, crackers and hard salamis imported from Italy. YUM!
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Du Vin

520 N. San Vicente Boulevard, #2
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 855-1161

Specializing in European wines, this tucked away little store has an amazing selection of wine, but you may want to know a bit about wine already if you go into this store – they don’t take particularly well to “plebs”.
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Domaine LA

6801 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 932-0280

Quite possibly the hippest wine store you’ve ever been in. They recently opened their brick and mortar store on Melrose after building their on-line presence and they have some of the most fun tasting events in town. Check ‘em out.
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K & L Wine Merchants

1400 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 464-9463

They’re big, but they know their wine and they are very reasonable.
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Flask Fine Wines and Spirits

12194 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Flask is a Studio City gem. One of the best wine-tastings in the Valley.
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Silverlake Wine

2395 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 662-9024

Perhaps the best wine shop on the “East Side,” this store focuses on “boutique, small production wine” as well as a really interesting variety of spirits, microbrews and sake. Bonus: Free delivery to Silverlake, Los Feliz and Echo Park on orders of $50 or more.
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Red Carpet Liquor

400 East Glenoaks Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91207
(818) 247-5544

Red Carpet has a GREAT and incredibly wide selection of wine and beer! Additionally, not only is the staff very informed about their stock, but they’re incredibly helpful and super friendly. Their weekend tastings, are a definite must-hit!
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Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese

223 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 856-8699

Simon at Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese is the sommelier’s sommelier. He knows every wine in the shop and is known throughout town as one of the most informed wine sellers in the County. It can be hard to get their attention – mostly because they are SO PACKED with people buying sandwiches – but I challenge anyone to find a more knowledgeable wine seller in LA.
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The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills

419 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 278-2855

The selection of wine is small, but very well curated. Additionally, it is all selected to pair beautifully with their cheese selections. The staff is so amazing and they host one of the best wine and cheese tastings series in LA. Their Grand Poobah, Norbert, is a wine and cheese rock star on the West Side.

Sarah Maizes is a busy mom of three and the author of “Got MILF? The Modern Mom’s Guide to Rocking a Minivan,” and the new children’s book “On My Way To the Bath.” Find her at Mommy Lite Online.

  • TJsGotWine

    You have to wonder how these stores are picked or even chosen to go to?
    Clearly, Trader Joe’s was left out of the mix. Not only do they have some of the BEST wines available anywhere, the cost is likely to be considerably less than elsewhere.

    And can you say “Charles Shaw” ! Why–Pay–More ?

    • Sarah Maizes

      Hi TJsGotWine,

      I’m the author of this piece. I actually have been to these wine stores or know people well who frequent these stores, so they have all been thoroughly checked out. I agree that TJs can have really interesting wines, but this story wasn’t about chains. It’s about the smaller wine stores that thoughtfully pick their wine stock and are really informed. In my experience – TJ’s can be fine if you know what you’re looking for – but it iis not one of the BEST places I have gone to buy wine. Which is why it’s not on this list.

  • Forgot2

    Wade’s Wines in Agoura and Woodland Hills Wine Company on Ventura

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