Wine Stop's message is focused and simple: To bring Los Angeles unique, sustainably made wines that reflect the traditions of the places these wines come from. We source on-site and support ethical producers that care about their land and people. Our selections are not available anywhere else in L.A. We believe top-quality wine should be available and affordable to everyone. If you haven't visit us, we invite you to stop by and get to know us.
Now 2 L.A. locations:
Arts District: 1025 S Santa Fe Ave, 90021 (Sun-We: 12-5, Th-Sat: 12-7)
Silver Lake: 2856 Sunset Blvd, 90026 (Mo-We: 12-7, Th-Su: 11-8)
Next day local delivery available at a nominal charge* or free curbside pickup^ during normal business hours 7 days a week.
(*Order needs to be placed before 1 PM. For further details, send a text message to 1-888-946-3329. ^Select pickup at checkout when placing your online order.)
"Although access has increased, the wine world is still molded to homogenization trends of the post-phylloxera era. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, there exist an approximate 10,000 grape varieties, 6,000 belonging to the fine wine species Vitis vinifera. Among them, a mere 13 grapes constitute over one-third of the global vineyard space, and 33 make up more than half. But those 9,967 other grape varieties sure have been noisy of late. Where have they come from? Where are they going? And why should we care?...
Beyond the nobility in crossing names off the endangered grape list, what is the intrinsic value in saving all of these varieties? Not all grapes are created equal, and assuredly they’re not all as good as Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot. Are we valuing novelty over quality? In many of the countries discussed, a return to indigenous grapes may pay greater dividends in the long run. It may be easier to sell a Cabernet Sauvignon in grocery store wine aisles, but in order to premiumize an industry, investing in a grape that only your region makes might tip the invisible hand in your favor.
For others, the need to save these grapes may be more urgent. “They’ve been around since centuries. They’ve been through different climate changes. And now that we must all face climate change, these varieties, to me, are the best bet,” explains José Vouillamoz. He continues, “They have the plasticity, they have the biodiversity in each place that is necessary to face climate change.” Several regions have already heeded this advice. This past summer, the generic Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOPs began the approval process for more southerly and distinctly non-Bordelais varieties as Albariño, Petit Manseng, Touriga Nacional, and Arinaroa, among others, to be added to their blends. Winemakers argue it is vital they be prepared for a time when Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon may no longer be most suitable to their most definitive terroirs. Wineries in Cabernet Sauvignon’s great New World home, the Napa Valley, are also building up their arsenals. Producers like Larkmead and Spottswoode are preparing for experimental blocks, to feature such potential grapes as Aglianico, Tempranillo, Souzão, and, again, Touriga Nacional and Albariño. Exactly how effective diversifying grape varieties will be as a viticultural solution to the climate crisis remains unknown, but clearly many believe it has a promising role to play.
And yet for some, the rationale behind protecting the full scope of the world’s grape varieties is much more rudimentary. “It’s simple: they offer aromas and flavors not found in any other wines,” says Ian D’Agata. “They offer healthy rewards in a world where many people are getting, frankly, bored—and they should—by what they are tasting over and over again.” Sure, you can try Chardonnay from a near infinite number of places, but the differences between them will be far more nuanced than between a Torrontés and an Assyrtiko, D’Agata argues. At the end of the day, which challenge sounds more fun—tasting 100 Chardonnays, or tasting 100 grapes?"
Indigenous Grapes: Our Past, Our Future?
NOTICE: We regret that we have to cancel our weekly store tastings due to the coronavirus. For the time being, we are offering curbside pickups for online, text message (888-946-3329) and phone (888-946-3329) orders. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Wednesdays: 'We Drink Pink'
Join us for our first 'We Drink Pink Tasting'. An LGBTQ+ & Friends Night from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Tasting fee: $10 (1 glass of rose' plus bread & extra virgin olive oil. Additional pours: $5.00/glass. ALL available tickets are exclusively sold here.
Thursdays: 'Wine & Cheese'
Join us at our weekly 'Wine & Cheese Tasting' from 5:00 PM to 8:30 P.M. Tasting fee: $19.99 pp (3 different wines (2oz each) served with toasted bread and 3 matching cheeses). ALL 25 available tickets are exclusively sold here.
Fridays: 'Five Dollar Friday'
Join us at our weekly 'Five Dollar Friday' from 11:00 AM to 8:30 P.M. We're pouring a red, white and rose by the glass. Only $5.00 per glass. Get your tasting tickets here.
Sundays: 'The Sunday Special'
We're opening one of Wine Stop's exclusive Library Selections. $25.00 (sales tax included) per glass, plus bread and EVOO. Get your tickets here.
"Fabulous wines, all curated, all great prices. Enjoyed talking to a Sonoma vintner (Winery 16600) who was pouring his latest wines...Wine Stop is now my must go to place whenever I'm downtown...Go, you will not be disappointed!" Yelp.com
"Owner Alvaro Cardenas is AMAZING. I needed to send a digital gift card to someone in LA and Alvaro was patient + kind enough to work with me to get the e-gift card out. The recipient is thrilled and it wouldn't have happened without the exceptional customer service provided by Mr. Cardenas. Highly recommend Wine Stop DTLA and will be using the shop for all my LA-based wine gifting needs." Google.com
"You know when you got something good, something great, but it's TOO good, TOO great, to the point where you almost don't want everyone to know about it? That's Wine Stop to me. And that's why I struggle over writing this review. I got introduced to Wine Stop almost 2 years ago and what seemed like an eclectic destination for entrepreneurs, artists, smugglers, dancers, models, photographers, recovering pickup artists, fashion designers, filmmakers, general bon vivants, and Taiwanese people has become a 2nd home whenever I'm in LA... which is sometimes every week." Yelp.com
"Neighbourhood guide: Los Angeles
Round off your shopping spree at Wine Stop, a boutique wine shop with a vineyard-to-table concept serving bottles from some of the best independent producers. If you're not sure what to buy, don't worry: there's a tasting bar at the back of the shop where you can take your time." - Monocle, December 2019/January 2020
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