The Wine House

very good

16 Ratings
The Wine HouseThe Wine House

Type: Store

2311 Cotner Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90064-1803
United States

(310) 479-3731 | map

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Photo of lou91
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

Average may be a bit harsh to describe this place but for the experienced beer hunter this place has little to offer. For those on a beer safari on the west side, visit the beverage warehouse first and then come here for any clean up. I just did this this weekend and I'm glad I did. The only thing that I would have bought that was not available at the other store was speedway stout and alesmith grand cru - both for $9.99. The clear focus is on wine but the beer selection is well thought out to give breadth and not depth. There was nothing that was truly outstanding but a strong selection of stardards nonetheless.

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Photo of mcrowther
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

This used to be my destination for a good selection of beer when in Southern Caifornial, a somewhat large section of the back of the store was devoted to micro and imported beer. However, since my last visit a year ago, they have reduced that by by 3/4 at least, so their selection went from very good to barely above average. They still have a fair amount of good beer, but not nearly what a good beer store would have. Therefore I would not recommend this as a good place to get beer in the LA area any more. Too bad.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Quality – This is a nice establishment with good parking across the street and easy freeway access. The building has recently been remodeled so everything is in great condition.

Service – This is a strong point of the store. There are always a half dozen or more folks on staff, and they all seem very knowledgeable on their supply. Best of all, they ship beer out of state at reasonable prices. My wife has been ordering wine from there for about seven years now and has never had a problem.

Selection – They have enough different ales to fill a few shelves, which are mostly reserved for micros. Among the highlights were some hard to find MacTarnahans, a few AleSmiths, Unibroue, and many other good Belgians. Everything is very well priced as well.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

I have become disappointed with this place and I should not be.

A space as big as a grocery store mostly dedicated to wine. They also have a decent sized humidor for cigars, many different spirits and they sell a large variety of wine and spirit glasses. Also books about wines and spirits.

If you want wine this is the place to visit. The staff is wine sophisticated. They have a new wine tasting room. They have many classes dedicated to wine tasting, collecting and wine consumption. They have wines from all over the world. They also sell a variety of specialty foods.

THEY CUT THEIR BEER SELECTION IN HALF!!! AAAGHHHH!!! THE HORROR OF IT ALL. Okay, rant over. I should not complain. They still carry a wide variety of beer from macos to micros to imports. Is the selection great? No. It is a tiny bit above average from a BA stand point? Yes. I also should not complain because they carry many of the beers I like. Anderson Valley, North Coast, Dogfish Head, Bear Republic, Stone, Victory, Alesmith and a few others. The import selection is good as well. Quite a few English, Belgians and German beers. I do have to give them credit for a decent selection of beers from India. I saw a few I have never seen on any menu at any Indian restaurant. Prices are competetive with other stores.

Okay the beer selection is pretty good. If you are in the area it is better than anything else unless you are willing to drive to the Beverage Warehouse or try a Whole Foods and hope to get lucky. It just galls me that the selection used to be at least twice as large. Not enough demand for beer I guess.

Anyway the staff is friendly but not beer savvy. Most people will find something they like here. It is just not what it used to be. Maybe if we all buy out thier beer selections they will make a stronger effort to expand their beer selecion?

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Photo of Mustard
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

The Wine House is generally acknowledged as being excellent to superior for wine. For beer, however, it is no better than decent. Most of your usual California suspects abound -- SNV, Stone, AleSmith, Bear Republic, etc. -- and generally at good to very good prices. Unibroue products are also quite plentiful, although the prices here are a bit steep. Some Dogfish Head, some Victory, some Ommegang -- all usually for top $$ -- but, domestically speaking, not much else. From Oregon? Almost nothing, which is quite a shock (and a disappointment) considering the state's proximity. Belgian and British sections are fairly extensive, albeit with your standard finds (Del. Trem., Golden Draak, Kastiel, Bornem, Lindeman, Rochefort, Sam. Smith, Fullers, etc.). German section quite odd -- not much there, but what is there is a) fairly cheap (especially if you sign yourself up for the WH's "preferred customer" discount) and b) somewhat offbeat (no Celebrator, but several beers that were unlisted by BA before I got to them). Staff is helpful, friendly and largely unknowledgable. I suppose if the Wine House were situated anywher other than the westside of LA, one would have to sing its merits: 25-30 "top 50" beers, decent prices, etc. This is a city/county of ten million, however, and I expect -- and have found -- better. A worthwhile stop, to be sure, but hardly anything spectacular.


The Wine House recently slashed its inventory by roughly half; club member discounts appear to have been discontinued; previous ratings ran as follows:

quality: 3.5
service: 3.5
selection: 3.5

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Photo of mickeymac
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

As the name suggests, this shop specializes in wine and that it does very well. It's the size of a large grocery store and is filled with large quantities of wines from all parts of the world. However, it also holds itself out as a beer shop. Unfortunately, beer is relegated to a fairly small space at the back of the shop and the selection is pretty limited. Although it has selections from the likes of Bear Republic and Dogfish Head, it doesn't have the exotic beers to match the exotic wine selection. The staff is also focused on wine and doesn't seem to have much beer knowledge.

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The Wine House in Los Angeles, CA
3.81 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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