Wally's in West Los Angeles is one of my favorite places to buy alcohol because not only are they knowledgeable about what they sell, but they also provide service (like special orders) with a sincere smile. I had an oenophile come to visit from Northern California who said to me as we entered the store, "They will never have this wine. It is rare and most places must special order it." Not only did Wally's have it in stock, but they had it for such an excellent price, my wine snob friend bought two bottles.
Starting tomorrow from 9am-5pm, Wally's will be having a tent sale with their wines up to 80% off retail. The sale will go on rain or shine and will last through Valentine's Day. No matter what your taste, whether it is for a 2007 Chateau Neuf Du Pape for $41.99 (regularly $60), a Hitching Post Pinot Noir for $19.99 (regularly $36), or a bottle of bubbly Veuve Cliquot for $36.99 (regularly $50), you can find it here. For spirit drinkers, premium Vodkas like Ketel One ($20.99), Premium Tequilas like Patron Silver ($29.99), and 12 year old scotches like Macallen ($37.99) are also on sale at prices that rival or beat the big warehouses. Shopping here is much more fun and personable, and if you like having people treat you like a friend instead of a number, then patronize wonderful shops like Wally's so they can continue to exist. They also sell cheeses, meats, and bread here, so if you haven't made any plans for Valentine's day yet, this would be a great place to pick up a picnic lunch.
If you are single and own a pair of red stilettos you might want to head over to Vegas' Hostile Grape Wine Bar in the new M Resort this Saturday and Sunday. Why wear your red heels? Because you will get a free bottle of wine (while supplies last)! For a $20 cover, you get entry, and two cocktails or a $20 wine card (they have 160 wines you can taste) and a chocolate tasting from their chocolate fountain. I don't know if any men out there own red stilettos that fit, but it is Las Vegas and I read nothing in the fine print about this offer applying only to women:)