A few mammoth California wine distributors now share the market with vineyards from around the globe.
“We have wine from everywhere,” Sterr said. “Customers come in with some fairly esoteric requests and by and large we can get them what they want. Sometimes it takes awhile for our distributor to get it because of the brokerage process.”
The Spirit Shop can provide you with everything from a 50-cent airline-size bottle of McCormick’s vodka distilled in Weston, Mo. to a 2005 vintage French Bordeaux wine bottled by Chateau Haut Brionat $1,300.