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.


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


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.


  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.

  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.)

  3. www.2020wines.com

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

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

  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.