About Wally's Wine & Spirits
In business since 1968, Wally’s Wine & Spirits has long been a Los Angeles institution ranging from first-time wine buyers to collectors and connoisseurs. Combining personal service (with a patient and knowledgeable staff), an inventory of thousands of hard to find and unique wines, beers and spirits (everything from $10 value wines to the rarest of the rare) in a relaxing and comforting atmosphere (not including their state-of-the-art website), it is no wonder that the Zagat Survey has called Wally’s “The No. 1 Wine Shop in Los Angeles”, and Forbes lists Wally’s as one of their “Top Shops”.
About Christian Navarro
Born in Mexico City and raised in Palm Springs, Christian Navarro’s life journey has a notable similarity to a segment of the movie Kundun, a movie based on the 14th Incarnation of the Dalai Lama. In one scene, the future icon as a mere tot is seen to instantly recognize personal items used by his spiritual predecessor, indicating his rightful ascension to the religious throne. In allegorical fashion, after following his muse to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming a painter, Christian found himself working in wine shops. Soon, his clairvoyant-like ability to know a wine’s particulars during blind tastings hosted by international wine tasting groups became the source of legend – and eventually led him to not only a partner position at Wally’s, but to “guru” status to former presidents, Wall Street players and the entertainment industry’s top moguls and stars – who frequently call for advice.
Christian seemed destined to follow the world of wine, and to be centered in Los Angeles. As a young boy, Christian would follow his mother, a restaurant and hotel consultant, to her jobs. Left free to roam into kitchens, Christian soon discovered his acute sense of smell and taste – which became not only numerous childhood games, but unbeknownst to him, the forging of his future.
Christian also works as an advisor for films and for many top international wine collectors, and as an advisor and designer of numerous wine cellars and wedding menus. But one belief permeates all of Christian’s work – it is that wine is for all people – not just the intelligentsia. And he says what he believes: “Wine is for everyday people. I don’t want anyone to be intimidated by wine or food. I want my grandmother to enjoy it”.
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