Vintage Wine + Market Now Open in Palms | Squid Ink | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly
Loading...
Grocers

Vintage Wine + Market Now Open in Palms

Comments (4)

By

Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM
click to enlarge Phorage's oxtail pho - BESHA RODELL
  • Besha Rodell
  • Phorage's oxtail pho
The Overland Market, a family-owned liquor store in Palms, was always the first stop Phorage diners made to pick up a six-pack of beer before ordering a giant bowl of Washugyu beef pho next door. The market's strip mall location was ideal, considering it was just one doorstop away from chef Perry Cheung's Vietnamese restaurant, which just celebrated its one-year-anniversary after taking over the old Chego storefront last July. 

But ever since The Overland Market suddenly shuttered, seemingly overnight, Phorage diners have had to find a new spot to get liquored up before getting pho'd up. That new spot is Vintage Wine + Market, a specialty wine and cheese shop that officially opened Friday, July 25.

click to enlarge Photo courtesy of Vintage Wine + Market - VINTAGE WINE + MARKET
  • Vintage Wine + Market
  • Photo courtesy of Vintage Wine + Market
Owned by the folks behind Hollywood wine bar and restaurant Vintage Enetoca, the shop is noticeably sparse and open. The walls have been painted olive green — one of which is adorned with the words "in wine we trust" — and the 850-square-foot space formerly occupied by aisles of densely-packed candy, snacks and canned goods is now devoted to dark wooden pedestals of wine and crackers. 

Overland Market, which opened in 2001 according to its Yelp page, was known for being one of the few markets in the neighborhood that sold both refills and bottles of the purified mineral water Alka Water. Eater LA called it "the dingiest space in L.A." but we'd beg to differ. The aisles were stocked with exactly what we always needed, from ice cream to beer to Lotto tickets, and the service was exceptionally friendly, right down to cashiers who offered to crack open a cold one for us before we walked over to Phorage. 

While Vintage Wine + Market mostly specializes in organic boutique wines from Europe, California and the Pacific Northwest, there's also a fridge carrying mix-and-match German, Belgian and locally-brewed beers and Italian meats and cheeses to go. This place carries booze we probably wouldn't be able to find at the average convenience store — but not surprisingly, it's also a bit pricier. BYOB just got a little more expensive. 

Editor's note: This post has been changed since initial publication.


Want more Squid Ink? Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Related Location

Related Content

Now Trending

  • Hello Kitty's Hungry Hunt Takes Over L.A.

    Hello Kitty fans are a voracious bunch, and her creators, the Sanrio company, are out to satiate fans in more ways than one for her 40th Anniversary. Kitty-themed cuisine is here — in conjunction with the highly anticipated Hello Kitty Convention, coming to MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary on Oct...
  • Chef Gary Menes on Cooking "From Seed to Plate"

    A farm grows in Long Beach.  This would be an approximately 5,000 square foot one called the Gladys Avenue Urban Farm founded in 2010 by Captain Charles Moore. Earlier this year, Captain Moore leased the farm to none other than Gary Menes, the chef and owner of Le Comptoir who very much...
  • 5 SoCal Beers Made With Chile Peppers

    Craft beer in Los Angeles has been made with so many bizarre additions these days, we barely flinch when we come across an IPA brewed with Syrah grapes or an English mild infused with coffee. One increasingly popular beer ingredient that still stops our taste buds dead in their tracks,...