Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Drink It Up

If you or your boss wants to send an alcoholic beverage to a client or friend, I have a couple of local places (and one in NYC) to suggest and a few ideas for what to buy. Be forewarned, in this town MAKE sure you figure out if the person drinks or is sober before you send, as I have seen that particular mistake happen before and it's never pretty.

Top 5 Places to Buy

1) Wally's Wine - They deliver, have a great selection and are incredibly helpful.

2) Du Vin - My friend Ainsley loves this place. They also deliver and have a helpful staff. She often speaks to Rob.

3) Vendome in Studio City - If you are working in the valley this is a great option, but I'm not sure if they deliver. They have a surprisingly extensive collection and a great staff.

4) Sherry Lehmann in NYC If you're in NYC, this is the one place I always use.

5) BevMo - If you need something for yourself or price is a big issue, this place (many locations) has good deals and staff that's helpful.

What You Might Buy:

Champagne/Sparkling Wine:

Veuve Cliquot
is a good choice that's fairly reasonable.

If you want to do something a bit more special try this from
Schramsberg. My cousin Leah who works in the wine business and knows all about wine loves their stuff.

Riondo Prosecco
-
Gary Vaynerchuk from Wine Library TV (which I love) really likes this one.

Red:

For a reasonable one try, a Mondavi Cabernet. If cost isn't an issue, try a Silver Oak Cabernet.

White:

One that is liked by many is Sauvignon Blanc. A good one to try is this one from Frog's Leap Winery. If you have a boss or a client that is very into being eco friendly (and hopefully everyone is), this winery is known for being very friendly to the environment.

I love sweeter whites, so if you do as well, try this Gew├╝rztraminer or spend a bit more and buy this one.


Other Options Besides Wine:

Compass Box Whiskey - I have not tried this, but have given it as a gift for a boss and the recipient liked it quite a bit.

Crop Vodka - I just read about this over the weekend. It's an artisanal Vodka that is produced in a green/environment friendly way. It comes in some interesting flavors.

Frida Kahlo Tequila certainly has a cool looking bottle and has been well reviewed. If you want to break the bank, go for this Tequila .

Obviously this email includes lots of suggestions, but if you know your budget and a bit about the person, the best thing you can do is to go into one of the locations listed above and ask for help.

5 comments:

  1. 42 Below vodka is also a great top-shelf high rating vodka made from spring water in New Zealand. They have some amazing and unusual flavors too - feijoa, passionfruit, kiwi, honey (off the top of my head!) It costs about $30/bottle.

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  2. Under the heading "Good things to know as an assistant," I have a $25/bottle sparkling white that I like a lot, which is useful for office events when the boss wants to do a toast, but only wants to spend $50 to serve two dozen -- it's Roederer Estate, and you can always find it for less than $30, but I've seen it as low as $22. (They're the same folks who make Cristal, so they know what they're doing.)

    I worked for a guy who loved small batch ryes, and a bottle of that stuff will make an amazing gift for the right person. (Black Maple Hill was his favorite.)

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  3. www.2020wines.com

    The best for $$$ and rare wine, esp gifts.

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  4. vendome in studio city delivers. ask for STEVE.

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  5. Winehouse is amazing - 310.479.3731.

    You can give them a price point and they can recommend red, white, etc. They also do kosher wines and liquor, wrapping and deliver in LA. Staff is amazing and very helpful.

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