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Vendome Wine & Spirits

Vendome Wine & SpiritsVendome Wine & Spirits
BA SCORE
88
very good

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
$$ - reasonable


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3115 Yorba Linda Blvd
Fullerton, California, 92831-2307
United States
phone: (714) 524-0800

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QUERCUSAGRIFOLIA

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$

Vendome in short has gone to hell in a handbasket. Beer tastings are gone, prices are higher than any other store in town now... I understand there's been inflation in manufacturing costs, but Vendome seems to be taking it a bit further.

In addition to letting some good employees go, they've also done away with beer tastings. They tried resurrecting them with a new girl who admitted she didn't like beer. She didnt know the first thing about the product she was serving, but was more interested in talking about how much she liked wine. Lame.

Way to throw your credibility in the trash Vendome.

If more Total Wines start opening up in the area, you're done for.

05-05-2009 21:21:10 | More by QUERCUSAGRIFOLIA
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Floydster

California

2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I stopped here on my way home today after a long holiday weekend, this place is not too far off the 57 freeway across the way from Cal State Fullerton, I had heard some great things about this store but wow was I disappointed, I made my way to the back and saw an aisle of beer sitting out at room temperature, lots of this stuff was past its date and most of the bottles were covered in dust and sitting right out in the light, there was probably six different IPAs sitting out on the warm shelves including Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder, if only Vinnie saw that, they did not have any great things either, some of the standouts were 2006 Thomas Hardy's, Fantome de Noel, and Fuller's Vintage Ale 2007, then the fridges were too cold in my opinion, they had about ten of them total with only a few carrying macros, lots of the normal locals and Southern California micros but nothing special, expect to see Stone, Port, Alesmith, Ballast Point, Green Flash, and others, the store was filthy to say the least, there were empty boxes on the ground, it looked like it had not been vacuumed in weeks, not to mention it was very disorganized, looks like they have a wine bar of some sorts but could not really tell because there was so much crap laying on it, the sole employee working was no help at all, and gave me one word answers for the two questions I asked, not friendly to boot, selection is weak considering that Hi-Times and Hollingshead are not too far away, I will never go back to this place, not recommended

12-01-2008 00:24:32 | More by Floydster
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womencantsail

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | $$

I've been here before, and I must say, it is headed nowhere fast.

I walked in to see two employees in the store standing at the registers talking to one another. They did not acknowledge me or say anything the entire time I was in the store.

The beer is to the right hand side of the store, and I walked over there to see what they had. There was a box of what appeared to be damaged bottles (labels falling off/torn) that were on sale. Nothing really interesting though.

There are also some beers sitting out on the shelves, just sort of a mix of Belgian imports and domestic Belgian style beers. Chimay, Lost Abbey, Bruery, etc.

The selection of craft beer in the coolers has shrunk as well. There are about 3 or 4 doors of craft beer, and most of it is the usual Stone and Lagunitas offerings, some German imports as well. The best thing they had was probably some Abyss, but since I already have plenty, I didn't see a need to get any more.

Overall, a really disappointing experience. I hope these guys turn it around, but I'm not holding my breath.

12-27-2009 22:33:28 | More by womencantsail
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Gobzilla

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Good place for wine and some select craft beer. Lots of wine on the right when you first walk in and all the way on the right you'll come across the beer fridges that have all the beer. They carry mostly all domestics and craft brewa like dogfish head, hitachino, lost abbey, stone etc.. The do also have some warm brews on the shelf if you wanna pick them up that way. Good service with a decent little selection that can be a stop on the way to an angel game of a duck game. I believe they also carry some special releases when they get the chance.

05-12-2010 03:51:54 | More by Gobzilla
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DoubleJ

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

Update: Selection is still good, though not nearly as unique as it once was. The store has become messier over the years, and the beer tastings are long gone. Personally, I prefer Town and Country Liquor in the city of Fullerton. Despite all this, it was my first "oh shit!" beer store when I found Croatian beer in the fridge a few months after turning 21. I came here a lot during my CSUF years, but since I'm done with school, I don't stop by much anymore.

From the street, it looks like just another convinience store. But once you step inside this place, you'll be surprised how much bigger the store is to your first impression.

As you walk in, you can find a handful of shopping carts and baskets to your left. Beers are on the right side of the store, and boy do they have such a good selection. But one of the seperating qualities I like about this place are the gift baskets and sampler variety packs that can be purchased. Perhaps for example, you have a Heineken lover as one of your friends. You can get 'em Heine gift basket with a few bottles of Heine, Heine Light, and a pilsner glass with the famous red star. They also hold beer tastings on most Tuesday nights, so that's another reason to pop in here.

I came in to originally purchase one of those variety packs for beer reviews and tastings. But today, for the first time I've been in there, they had an assorted variety of individual bottles on markdown for 99 cents each. I picked out bottles of Avery IPA, Stoudt's Double IPA, and Prima Pils, which were markdowns. What a great store.

02-03-2007 02:19:39 | More by DoubleJ
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sweetbrew82

California

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

Visited on 11-12-08:

From the outside, Vendome doesn't look like a place where some of the finest craft beers are sold. But, once you venture past the impressive selection of liquor on the left hand side, you'll notice that their refrigerators are packed with tons of offerings from good micro-breweries. Including: Anchor, Allagash, Ballast Point, Firestone, Drake's, tons of Rogue, Bear Republic, Stone, Paulaner, and much, much more. As stated before, they don't have any of the really hard-to-find brews in CA, but they do have an impressive selection for what it's worth. No Deschutes, or Full Sail Reserve series, but their Belgian and German selection is impressive. I did, however, had to deduct points from their service because of the lack of knowledge and help from the staff who knew nothing about the products in the beer fridge(Beer guy, apparently, wasn't there at the time). The atmosphere of this place could use some sprucing up as well, as the store is musky, damply-lit, and carpeted through-out with old, brownish-red wool carpeting that isn't the most inviting I've ever seen. Also, the prices are a bit high, considering the local competition.

But, if you live close-by, and need some good beer, then this should be your first destination for sure. I do plan to attend one of their beer tastings on Tuesday nights, and will post my review of this event accordingly. West Coast!!!

11-20-2008 09:25:52 | More by sweetbrew82
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Drinkerofales

California

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Not your typical liquor store. A full selection of craft brew available, with some stuff labeled as new, in case you visit often.

Many beer choices, and some difficult to find items, including PtE, and some BA versions I haven't seen before. They have a tasting section, humidor, tons of wine and spirits.

Pricing seems a little high on some things, while the Belgians are a little lower in price than others I have seen.

I can't say much about service, as it's pretty much a find what you need and checkout kind of place. Perhaps during other times they have someone there to talk beer, maybe during tastings?

Though this is one of the first places I came when I turned 21, it seems like the selection is a tad smaller than it was, but it's been 10 years since I visited.

Overall, a place worth driving to, especially since I live 10-15 minutes away. Probably not if you are farther.

DOA

01-19-2012 20:48:45 | More by Drinkerofales
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amoebalink

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Vendome gourmet liquor has a lot of selection at great prices.
If you live near here, it is a good place to visit.
I've been to Hi Times at Costa Mesa, CA, and Hi Times definietly has a better selection, but Vendome seems to have a better price compared to Hitimes.
For example, Hi Times had Chimay 12 oz for $4.35 while Vendome has it for $3.88.
A little less, but non the less, it is decently priced.

Vendome doesn't have the excessive amout of selection compared to Hitimes, but does have some selections that is only available here.
They have the Achel 500mL ($8.99)that Hi Times dones't have (HiTimes has the larger 750mL variety and sells at $12.99).
Take you pick which you want to buy, but it is a good place for beer.
They also have a beer tasting every Tuesday evening for $3.
The bartender seems to know a bit about each beer or brewery and sometimes have guest representative from the brewery itself present.
I think it is a good place to visit if you live near the Pomona area.
If you are a wine aficionado, this is also a good place to visit.\
Dome is also nice due to the tastings that they host. Every friday they have a great wine tasting and they are planning on amping up their beer tastings. They used to have a guy that planned them, but he moved on, so they are in transition. I did talk to the guy and he told me they were definitely going to try to work with some local breweries. This is excellent news.

09-15-2006 07:58:06 | More by amoebalink
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SwillinBrew

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I finally decided to review this place. I usually stop by here on my to or from my sister's house.

As you walk in the beers are to the right against the wall... walk way to the and there's about 8 glass doors/coolers full of beer not to mention about 3 aisles of no refrigerated beer as well. Most of the beers are cold and in easy view and reachability. While no one asked if i needed help, i didnt need them to. Everything was easy to reach. When i checked out, i was asked if there was anything special i didnt see because they would try and get it.

The selection is pretty solid and then some. While they have all the big name micros, they also have many brews you dont see unless you're at Hi Times, like many of the german beers ie weltenburger, and several mai bocks and ur bocks that you dont normally see. There's just many more micros.

On Tuesdays, they have beer tastings for $5 and i think that comes with a pint glass as well. Pretty reasonable and the people are nice. I'd make it a point to stop here if you're in the area. It's somewhat near Taps and BJ's Brea.

09-23-2006 05:36:39 | More by SwillinBrew
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OlieIPA

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Again, this is one of the most frequent places I visit when it comes to beer purchasing. The overall variety is good, and the owners are very nice. The other day, in fact, they exchange a beer I bought a few weeks earlier...and they had no problem with it. They move beer pretty quickly, but new shipments come in within a week. They usually don't carry reserve beers (i.e. Abyss), but some of their selection includes ( but not closely limited) Ale Smith's beers (including Speedway Stout), Stone beers, Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, Sam Adams, etc.

08-07-2008 00:42:33 | More by OlieIPA
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Vendome Wine & Spirits in Fullerton, CA
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.