Orange County Living: The Best Wine Tasting & Online Retailer in Orange County // The Wine Exchange


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Orange County Living: The Best Wine Tasting & Online Retailer in Orange County // The Wine Exchange

Do you spend way too long in the aisle trying to pick out the perfect wine? Constantly comparing labels, names, years, and price, but still not knowing which is the best? After a while or sorting through you just assume that the most expensive is the best and sometimes that’s just not true! Well, I found the perfect spot that will solve all your wine debacles.

Orange County Living: The Best Wine Tasting & Online Retailer in Orange County // The Wine Exchange

Wine Exchange in Orange County has been my go-to spot for as long as I’ve known it. It is owned and operated by rock stars of the wine world who truly care about your enjoyment of the wine and not just making a pretty penny.

Orange County Living: The Best Wine Tasting & Online Retailer in Orange County // The Wine Exchange

Although a lot of the wine they sell is sold predominantly online, their store is an experience you won’t want to miss out on. When you come into the store you are greeted by the friendly staff and they will assist you with anything you need.

Orange County Living: The Best Wine Tasting & Online Retailer in Orange County // The Wine Exchange

For newbies that aren’t quite sure what they want, Wine Exchange will go through the process of first figuring out what you like. It’s really common for us to just pick a wine a friend or relative recommended to us, not keeping in mind that our palates might be completely different!
With all the wine out there, there is bound to be something that suits everyone’s taste buds. At Wine Exchange they dial in on your palate and take the time to help you find out what wine you’ll enjoy most, not just the wine that is trendy.

Orange County Living: The Best Wine Tasting & Online Retailer in Orange County // The Wine Exchange

Wine Exchange is a company that prides themselves on passion. Working with very small margins, it is easy to see that their commitment is not in making millions of dollars, but in creating enjoyment for people through the art of wine.

Orange County Living: The Best Wine Tasting & Online Retailer in Orange County // The Wine Exchange

Having their start in 1982, and some of the employees having tasted over 300,000 wines in their lifetime, they have had the experience needed to give their customers the best possible outcome.

Orange County Living: The Best Wine Tasting & Online Retailer in Orange County // The Wine Exchange

In November of this year they hope to be opening up a tasting and event area so be sure to be on the lookout for that on their website https://www.winex.com/. It will host lectures, educational classes and tastings, etc.. They have great wines at great prices and one of the largest collections of wine I’ve ever seen. Be careful though, I always go for one bottle and end up leaving with twelve!

Orange County Living: The Best Wine Tasting & Online Retailer in Orange County // The Wine Exchange

Valerie Van de Zilver

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