Serious oenophiles and big time collectors (celebs included) count on this West LA staple to stock their cellars and wine fridges with the best of the best. Those looking for coveted Bordeaux can land first-rate bottles at reasonable prices. Customer service is the core of Wally’s, so while many come in knowing what they want, many drop in seeking a staff recommendation—the perfect wine to impress the in-law or what to pop open after a romantic hike through the Hills—within the price range you’re looking to spend. And with a fabulous lineup of craft beers—check out the selection of microbrews and the growing selection of canned—and Wally’s Cheese Box next door, you’re one stop closer to that beachside house party.
Good for: Annual tent sales in February and September when bottles and cases are up to 20% off.
In & out factor: Big points for a good size parking lot for quick and easy access in a congested part of town.
TOLA pick: Because we live in and love California, ask Geoff Pattison, the in-house Central Coast pro, to steer you towards a local bottle like a Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay, an old vine Santa Maria Pinot Noir or a Paso Robles Rhone blend.