Are you in search of the perfect bottle of wine to give to your holiday party host? I’m not sure about you, but I like to taste the goods before I buy. Here is a list of the best places to taste and buy wine in Los Angeles.

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The Historic San Antonio Winery

737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 223-1401

This historic winery has been in the heart of Los Angeles since 1917 and is owned by the Riboli Family. The San Antonio Winery is the only wine producing winery in Los Angeles. This Los Angeles winery offers complimentary wine tastings and tours. The wine store features fine wines from all around the world. Gift boxes, baskets and shipping is available.

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55 Degree Wine

3111 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 662-5556

At 55 Degree Wine, there is a large selection of fine wines and beers, with most of the wines being from Italy. Tastings are available every evening until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The store is open until from 11 a.m. till 11 p.m. every day.

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The Wine Rack

14 South California Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 653-WINE
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The Wine Rack is located in the heart of Downtown Ventura and offers more than 100 different wine labels. You can take a “wine flight” around the world and taste test wines from all over the globe in just 30 minutes. If you go on a Friday or Saturday evening, you’ll even get to enjoy live music while you taste and shop.

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Colorado Wine Company

2305 Colorado Boulevard
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 478-1985

The Colorado Wine Company debuted in 2005 with the intent of a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and a delicious sip of wine. Owned and operated by John and Jennifer Nugent, the Colorado Wine Company focuses on bottles of wine that cost $25. The wine bar is open every night and serves wine, beers, sakes and more from around the world.

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The Wine House

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

Tastings at The Wine House are automated by machine and priced per taste; just imagine having 32 different wines to taste at the touch of a button! The Wine House has hundreds of different varietals to choose between. Alternatively, you can even pick up a holiday gift basket instead.

Desiree Eaglin is a wine tasting, buying and gifting connoisseur. She blogs at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest. You can find her wine-soaked tweets on Twitter too.