OC Wine Mart – A promising new store

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

don@ocwinemart.com / www.ocwinemart.com

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