RETAILERS

Virage wines are also sold in California through a small network of passionate retailers.

EAST BAY

North Berkeley Imports

601 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94709

John Gillis (510) 848-8003 (direct)  Mon—Sat, 10am—6pm

This shop in the vibrant “Gourmet Ghetto” carries some of the best Burgundies on earth, plus a few excellent domestic selections.  I buy anything John Gillis tells me to try.  Apparently I’m not the only wine-lover to appreciate the experience of NBW:

“Tasting through the North Berkeley portfolio is a breathtaking and re-energizing experience.” —Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

SAN FRANCISCO

The Wine Club   (800) 966-5432

953 Harrison Street, San Francisco

Great selection, bustling, serious shop with passionate staff.  A wine shop for serious buyers – good wine, good pricing, no frills.

 

LOS ANGELES

Mission Wine & Spirits   Walk through the ‘liquor store’ to the ‘back room’ of the flagship Pasadena store for the extensive fine wine selection.  Great help available from knowledgeable buyer Robert Tapia.  Fun Friday evening tastings.

Pasadena: 1785 East Washington Blvd. (626) 794-7026

Glendale: 825 W. Glenoaks Blvd. (818) 242-0683

Sherman Oaks: 3654 Burbank Bl.,  91401  (818) 785-6529

Mission Wines
1114 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030

(866) FOR-WINE (367-9463)

A boutique fine-wine retailer on Mission Ave in charming South Pasadena.  Owner/operator Chris Meeske hand selects wines from around the world, and offers a wine bar with flights and tastings changing constantly with the season and new finds.

ORANGE COUNTY

Wine Gallery 

2411 E Pacific Coast Hwy Corona del Mar

(949) 675-3410

Four young local guys partnered to offer a hip, stylish environment to relax, shop, have a glass of great wine, or stay and taste and have dinner at the bar.  Casual food is outstanding and great value.  Focused on hand-crafted, limited-production wines, they have excellent access and top quality offerings.  Widescreen TV.  Love to come here with my sports-loving brother and taste something special.

2 Responses to RETAILERS

  1. Brian Cruz says:

    Emily,
    Congratulations on Virage winning the two blind tasting challenges. This has to be more fun than playing with numbers, unless the numbers show an upward trend in market share and profit.

  2. Emily says:

    It was pretty funny that the entire group was ex-Big8 CPAs. All of us are serious analytical types! I’m not sure “market share” is ever going to enter into the equation, since we are so small 🙂 Have you tried the wine yet Brian?

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