“10 Best Wine & Spirit Shops in LA”

Los Angeles Magazine December 2010

We’ve lauded this place in the past for its unparalleled sparkling selection, which is still the best in town (there are more than 250 varieties and a sign which says “FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS DRINK VEUVE CLICQUOT”). Roberto Rogness has been spreading the gospel of artisanal wines and spirits for 17 years. Underappreciated regions are well represented (80% of the wine inventory is Italian) and each bottle usually comes from a story from Rogness. The tequilas are as impressive as the bubblies.

The Draw: Roberto himself and Tequila Master Erik Moreno.

Happening: A swank Tasting Room opened this fall. It has become a post-work-drinks destination. Featured flights have wacky titles and focus on obscure regions or unusual flavor profiles.

Then there’s THIS:

“WINE EXPO has been screwing around with semantics ever since it opened nearly twenty years ago. We’ve put together a Dateline-worthy photo documentary, snapped last night, of the wine shop’s current opinions…” Click on the link below:

Big Press Love for our Point of Sale Signage!

 

 

“WINE EXPO practically specializes in great inexpensive wines and you would be foolish not to take advantage of their specific expertise…leave the Two Buck Chuck to everybody else!” Pulitzer Prize winning food scribe Jonathan Gold

 

 

“I eagerly await their weekly communiqués to see what pronouncement, discovery or outrage they want to share and, even when I disagree, I find them intriguing and worth considering. Their sheer delight in sharing their discoveries and philosophies with their readers get my attention even when I am not in the market for their wines.” 

David Shaw, LA Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning Media Critic, 10/6, 2004 The full article “Their Passion and their Muse” by David Shaw

 

Wow, someone REALLY likes our Wine Bar Food:

“These days it is more than a superb wine store: it’s opened a tasting room directly adjacent to the store, a lovely 30-seat area (with a private room for 16 in the back), in which it serves wine selections, of course, but also more than mere snack food….” full story:

http://www.atlarrys.com/recommendations-detail.php?Recommendation_ID=197

 

“Where To Get Chianti With A Side Of Orgasmic Olives…”

Jenn Garbee of The LA Weekly commenting on our new tasting room. Full story here:

http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/wine-bars/wine-expo-tasting-room-new-ope/

 

TastingTable.com on the joy of Pecorino, Tannat and our new Tasting Bar

“Wine Expo is a long-standing favorite shop of ours, but with its unique stock of wines from Italy and elsewhere in Europe, South America and beyond comes a reluctance to plunk down $40 on unfamiliar bottles. But now you can try before you buy, thanks to Wine Expo’s new tasting room.”

 

Mondo Italia Gone Gonzo!

“I was smitten with the Old World SoCal of WineExpo years ago based on its old school newsletters, filled with raucous descriptions, eclectic music references and food popping up just about every other wine. When I finally got there in 2001, it was a genuine thrill. I can’t recall being in one shop whose dual foci—Italian wines and bubbly—were so broad yet so deep. Humble wines, fancy wines, freak wines… wines with names as long as your arm. The inventory at Wine Expo is not so much assembled as curated. How else to explain the presence of 13 {yes, 13} fizzy reds. The man behind the wines, Roberto Rogness, snags many of these bottlings to be Wine Expo exclusives on pilgrimages to VinItaly. Roberto has been Expo’s wine director since it opened 15 years ago; he only loves one thing more than vino: his customers. If you are into bubbly and/or Italian wine, go to the website right now; cruise the write-ups; check out Roberto’s rants. All it takes is a few clicks to realize that Wine Expo is about as close as you’ll find to a vinous version of Alice’s Wonderland.”

W. R. Tish @ The Wine Skewer