California’s wine regions are world class and on a par with Europe. World consumption has been genuinely on the rise of late and American wine drinking habits have certainly been one reason for that rise. California’s multiple wine growers have saturated the market with red and white and consequently prices for these domestic labels are lower than European wines. In recent years, US wine sales has surpassed that of French for the first time, although per capita French consumption is 12.2 gallons per year; far more than the 2.6 gallons in the US.
Pop culture loving Americans have taken wine drinking to a different level by producing labels that play homage to Hollywood actors, famous cars, or pets, and thereby making wine accessible to everyone. For the most part, however, California’s wine drinkers are as sophisticated as their European cousins.
Wine shops stock labels from all wine growing countries and all level of prices. California wines predominate for the simple reason of value for money. Every large supermarket chain has a wine section as well. Many of California’s wine growers provide mail order services. These are popular with Angelino’s too busy to get to regions that are relatively on their doorstep.
Americans tend to break traditions and do things their own way. Americans love their spirits, too, and it’s the shear variety that’s dumbfounding. There’s still respect for classic whiskeys from Scotland and Ireland but in the case of vodka, US producers have beaten the Russians at their own game.
You must be over 21 to buy alcohol and anyone who looks under 30 is usually asked for identification. You must be over 18 to serve alcohol.
Alcohol sale hours in California is 6am to 2am at any stores, restaurants or bars.
This is the Alcohol Super Store that sells wine, beer, spirits and anything else you may need at great prices. They have locations all over California. You can also order online to have your poison delivered, or to pick up yourself for faster gratification.
7100 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Visit their website for a location near you.
Vendome Wine and Spirits
They have a great selection of wine, beer and spirits from all over the world. They have tasting events time to time and you can sample their selected beverages of the event for $10 per person.
9153 w Olympic blvd
Beverly Hills CA 90212
Visit their website for other locations.
K & L Wine Merchants
One of four retail stores in California and open since 1976. Respected supplier of fine wines from the USA and the rest of the world, including specialist rarities. Mail order is available.
1400 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90027
Colorado Wine Company
One of the best wine shops in the city with a huge selection of wines and sakes. Wine tasting events throughout the week.
2114 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Wally’s Wine & Spirits
Don’t be put off by the name as Wally’s know their stuff. They offer a large selection of wines, champagne, beer, spirits, and accessories.
2107 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025