OC Wine Mart – A promising new storePosted: July 22, 2010
I just visited a tiny wine shop in Irvine that has a lot of potential. OC Wine Mart took over a former convenience shop near John Wayne airport, and is run by Don Duckworth. Don’s goal is 90 point wines at or under $20. Who among you doesn’t share that goal?
Don was able to get me some wonderful French Burgundy (Caves des Grands Crus Blancs Macon Vinzelles 2008) at a great price, and also recommended a 90 point $14 (Château Moncontour Vouvray) which we enjoyed last night with Thai take-out (it went really well!) He is currently searching to find a wine we had in Europe that I haven’t found anywhere in the US.
Don is going to be doing a wine tasting bar shortly, and he will do executive and private tastings. He is a genuinely nice guy – not pretentious – down to earth and very accessible. I will definitely do business here, and encourage others to try Don. I like to encourage small merchants – how often do you get great recommendations at the big box places?!
Don Duckworth – General Manager
OC Wine Mart – 2272 Michelson Dr. · Irvine CA 92612
Store: 949.250.0033 / Fax: 949.250.0090