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Christian Navarro's By The Glass Picks from our Award Winning Wine List

September 25, 2019

As soon as you walk into Wally’s, you are immediately transported to the finest vineyards around the world. Our award-winning wine list, featuring 100 plus wines by the glass, lets you discover something delicious to pair with our celebrated California- French inspired menu. We have something for everyone from the hot, boutique Sauvignon Blanc to the famed Screaming Eagle! Check out Wally’s President, Christian Navarro’s top picks!

2016 Camille Giroud Meursault 'Les Vireuils'

Glass Price: $32.00

A beautiful, rounded, and powerful Meursault balanced by vibrant acidity and pleasurable minerality. There are luscious stone fruit aromas with a touch of hazelnut and dried apricot. The palate is crisp and bright with zesty citrus fruit and a long, racy finish. Perfect alongside our decadent Lobster Pasta.

2015 Massiglia Sauvignon Blanc

Glass Price: $32.00

This gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc from Marciano Estate represents classic napa valley with its flavors of honeysuckle, tropical fruit, honey, and pear. It excites the palate with crisp, bright acidity and a silky mouthfeel. It is a wonderful reflection of an outstanding vintage that complements a variety of dishes, but especially Wally’s famous Purple and Blue Salad.


2016 Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Glass Price: $36.00

Sinegal’s 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a crowd favorite at Wally’s and for good reason. This beautiful wine is dark, supple and rich on the palate, possessing terrific depth and a velvety mouthfeel. notes of black cherry, plum, bittersweet chocolate, spice, and licorice are super- expressive, while silky tannins lead to a long, delicious finish. Sip and savor a glass (or bottle) alongside the mouthwatering Wally Burger (and don’t forget a side of truffle fries).


2003 Chateau Calon Segur

Glass Price: $51.00

One of our most exciting by-the-glass options on offer is the beautifully aged 2003 Calon Segur. It’s density coats the palate with delicate chocolate, mineral and walnut notes. Full and velvety with juicy length and a long finish. The fruit, under the sliky tannins, is pure, ripe, black and generous. This has developed into an absolutely wonderful wine that pairs perfectly with our Ribeye Cap complete with roasted bone marrow, asparagus, and black truffle bordelaise.

2015 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia"

Glass Price: $99.00

Tenuta San Guido has been the toast of the wine world since the 2015 Sassicaia was named Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year a few months back! We are proud to offer this modern masterpiece by-the-glass(and bottle) at Wally’s. The 2015 Sassicaia is powerful and dense in the glass exuding richness and textural resonance in all of its layers. Gorgeous flavors of black cherry, mocha and grilled herbs build as this powerful, velvety wine shows off its muscle leading into a long, stunning finish. A wine of this caliber deserves a take-your-breath away dish such as our 38 Oz. Cote de Boeuf!

Click here to view our full wine list:

Wally's Beverly Hills Wine List

Wally's Santa Monica Wine List

Our Guide to Party Planning, Seasonal Trends, & Private Events - with Sami Fromer!

August 14, 2019

The summer party season is in full swing! This time of year brings about so many special occasions to gather and celebrate: weddings, graduations, beach parties, and even extraordinary wine tastings. It's hot out, you're working hard, and you deserve a toast!

Our amazing Director of Special Events and Catering, Sami Fromer, knows the ins and outs of all the work it takes to pull off a flawless event - she's been producing events in Los Angeles for over ten years! We sat down with Sami to chat about her background in the events and entertainment worlds, her party planning essential tips, seasonal trends, and the breakdown of how our #WallysEvents private dining and catering departments work. Learn more about how Wally's can make your next affair unforgettable below!

Q: You've been with Wally's for 5 years now, how did you get your start in events? What drew you to it?

A: "My love for events began back when I was in college – I actually started out as a business management major until I was introduced to Sex and the City… and I became completely inspired by Samantha's job in PR and events. I remember researching “PR” because I didn’t know what that meant and reading up about the industry until I finally switched my major! Then after school, I worked at a bunch of different places within the worlds of public relations, event planning, and entertainment. In between jobs, I would work in restaurants so that I could travel. When the opportunity to work at Wally’s came along it was the perfect blend of atmospheres for me, and the rest is history!"

Walk us through the planning process - do clients usually come to you with a specific vision in mind, or is it oftentimes a collaboration?

"Half of the time it’s the customer’s vision, and the other half, the customer needs direction. The process is simple: they’ll reach out to me and we’ll chat about their event: what type, how many people will be attending, what special touches I can offer them to make this affair memorable. It’s so fun to work with people. My favorite thing is being hands-on with the planning, like with design, flowers, balloons, silverware color….the details are the best part. I feel like it's my creative outlet. I’m always suggesting to guests, “put up a photo booth!" or "put an arrangement of balloons," or things like that to dress up a space. At our locations at Wally's Beverly Hills and Wally's Santa Monica, you can really use our private spaces as a palate and dress it up how you want to - and I'm here to help!"

From tastings, to bridal showers, to corporate events, and birthdays, which would you say is your favorite type of party to throw?

"Birthdays are so fun for me because everyone comes ready to celebrate and have a good time. I also really love doing our wine pairing dinners. Honestly, my favorite party to throw include people who are excited to plan and celebrate a milestone because it gets my creative juices flowing! We get a lot of referrals that way, messages saying, “my friend had a birthday there and it looked so cool, I want to do my party there!”

What is your favorite appetizer off of Wally’s Catering menu? What food options would you recommend for say – a graduation party?

"My favorite appetizer – it is so hard to choose! Some of my favorites are our tuna tartare, Tokyo-style beef skewers, and truffle deviled eggs - they are delicious! You also can’t go wrong with Calvisius Caviar. Whenever I plan events that want to include a caviar station with all of the fixings, it’s always a huge hit!

For a graduation party, I would definitely recommend our platters – you can order platters of food from us that include either assorted gourmet sandwiches, farmer's market crudité, or assorted cheese and charcuterie boards. The platters can feed a large party and come with a wide selection of options so everyone’s happy!"

What’s more important at a good event: music or a good bartender? What do you look for in choosing the perfect entertainment for a party?

"Music is always important, but so is a good bartender. Once people have a drink or two, it certainly elevates their mood - and great music enhances it!

In choosing entertainment for a party, I would say what’s most important is to think outside the box! There are so many different possibilities when it comes to entertainment, all which we host, organize, or offer at Wally’s. One of my favorites is a classic photo booth, but we’ve organized everything from hiring a keyboardist/musicians to burlesque dancers to bringing out a giant parmesan wheel and cooking fresh pasta right out of it!

I love when I get to collaborate with our chef and the kitchen on food displays and experiences, like designing seafood towers, serving caviar in a custom ice-sculpture, a gourmet cheese cart, a master Jamon Iberico carver, or our custom bloody mary cart. We really love adding unique touches to a party. If you have an idea, I'd love to hear it and see what I can do to make it happen."

What are some hot décor trends you’re seeing this season? What are you drawn to?

"A big trend I’m seeing right now that I’m a fan of is the use of bright white lights, clean simple geometric details, and gold accents. Also, embellishing with flowers and plants. I’m very drawn to florals, they’re at the top of my list for inspiration for party décor. I love how they can guide the color scheme. I’m really attracted to violet, peach, pinks, yellows, blush summery tones that brighten and warm up a space, as well as green plants and succulents that serve as accents and centerpieces. I also look to local florists and event planners often for inspiration – I love seeing what my peers are up to!"

Tell us a little bit about the difference in space options at Wally's - (there are a few!) What would you suggest to party sizes who are looking to host an intimate 8-person dinner vs. a big 40-person birthday party?

"It depends on the needs of the event. For Beverly Hills, I would suggest our semi-private Barrel Room located next to our wine vault for small groups. If an event needed complete privacy, I would suggest the Private Dining Room in the back, which can fit mid-sized groups and is great for multi-course dinners and wine pairings. In Santa Monica, I would suggest the fully private upstairs Green Room for very large parties, as it has its own private elevator entrance, full bar, and is fully customizable in table arrangement & decor.

It does depend though: some people prefer to be in the center of the scene with the rest of the restaurant, and if that's the case, I would secure for you one or more of our high-top tables in the back dining room of our restaurant. We really have a lot of options, and I always walk guests through all of them beforehand to ensure that we pick the perfect spot for their event's needs!" For more information about all of our private dining space options, click here.

What has been one of the most memorable events you’ve thrown to-date?

"One that really sticks out was a Domaine Romanee-Conti themed birthday party. Every guest had to bring a bottle to get admitted to the event. It was at the host’s home so it was fully catered by Wally’s. There were balloons in the front of the house coming down and floral arrangements. I worked closely with the host’s event planner to pick everything out. We set up so many different food stations, and it’s the most epic wine in the world... so it was quite a memorable party!

Another special event was a recent cookbook launch party. Our chef re-made a few of the author’s selected dishes for the guests and I got to do a lot of event design which I really loved: there were white roses and white walls and gorgeous food. Everything was so clean and sharp, really lovely. We did it at an art gallery in DTLA with some truly incredible live musicians. It was a completely empty space when we showed up and it was completely a blank palate that we were able to transform. It was a wild evening because we were cooking out in the back alley and the power kept going out, but we pulled it off!"


For general event inquiries or to receive a personalized consultation, contact Sami Fromer and the Wally's Events Team at privatedining@wallywine.com



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Christian Navarro Sits Down with Dominique Demarville, Chef De Cave of Veuve Clicquot

August 7, 2019

The two discuss the debut release 2008 La Grande Dame....

From Humble Beginnings: Get To Know Wally's President Christian Navarro

August 7, 2019

His journey began sweeping the floors at Wally's at 18 years old...

How to Choose, Plate, and Serve Caviar! + Our Top Calvisius Products!

July 18, 2019

This may be one of our favorite days of the year... it's National Caviar Day! Join us in celebrating with the best of the best, Calvisius Caviar! Watch below to learn from Wally's Specialty Foods Director, Kurt Gurdal, about the history of Calvisius, how to choose from their range of caviar to best suit your taste, and how it should be plated and served to enhance its natural flavor! And don't miss our top recommendations of products listed and linked below!



Calvisius Tradition Prestige 50g

Wally's price: $130.00

Tradition Prestige is a caviar extracted from the White Sturgeon, a native species of the Pacific Ocean found in the North American West coast, from Alaska to Southern California. It is one of the longest-living sturgeons, reaching up to one hundred years of age. They may grow to 800kg or 1760 Lbs and can be as long as 6m or 19’. High in protein, this lean fish is particularly refined and so is its exquisite large roe ranging from 2.8 to 3.0 millimeters in diameter and varying between dark grey to black in color. The taste of this caviar is perfectly balanced with round notes, combining delicate nuances of the sea with light, buttery flavors of pastry. This caviar attracts the most discerning palates from any age or culture. To truly appreciate its nature, enjoy it simply by itself or as part of an exciting tasting with other styles of caviar. Best when paired with a Brut (dry) or silky sparkling wine. - Producer Notes

Also available in sizes: 28g, 125g, 250g

Calvisius Siberian Royal 50g

Wally's price: $140.00

Siberian Royal is a caviar extracted from the Siberian sturgeon. A medium-sized fish with a weight between 8 and 40 kg (17.6 to 88.2 lbs). Originally found in the fluvial basins of Siberia (from the Ob to the Kolyma rivers) and Lake Baikal. The best and largest roe (more than 2.7mm) are selected for this caviar. Quite versatile with a bold pure taste, it pairs well with potatoes, sour cream, crème fraiche, soft bread or in the purest Russian tradition, with blinis as well as by itself to fully appreciate its qualities. Suggested pairing: Brut champagne or dry white, mineral driven wines and vodka. - Producer Notes

Also available in sizes: 28g, 125g, 250g

Calvisius Ars Italica Sevruga Royal 50g

Wally's price: $265.00

Sevruga caviar comes from the Starry Sturgeon, a small sized species which rarely exceeds 25 Kg (55 lbs). It can be found in the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Azov Sea and in the respective tributaries, and it is also in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Ionian Sea. It’s a full-bodied caviar with a fresh silky taste (yolk), and a slightly aromatic sea note at the end. It is characterized by medium eggs (2.3mm / 2.6mm) with a color that varies from light to anthracite grey. It requires minimum 9-12 years of the sturgeon life cycle and is extremely delicate to breed. - Producer Notes

Also available in sizes: 28g, 125g

Calvisius Ars Italica Oscietra Royal 50g

Wally's price: $240.00

Oscietra Royal is a caviar extracted from the Russian Sturgeon, a species originally native to the Caspian Sea, Black Sea and Azov Sea. This medium-sized sturgeon can weigh between 20 to 60kg or 44 to 132 Lbs.. Only the largest roe are selected for this elegant caviar, with a subtle fruity and nutty flavor and with tones of dark brown to beige in color. Considered to be one of the more notable caviars, enjoy it on its own. Suggested pairing: top quality Brut and silky sparkling wines. - Producer Notes

Also available in sizes: 28g, 125g, 250g

Calvisius Ars Italica Oscietra Imperial Gold 50g

Wally's price: $375.00

Oscietra Imperial is a caviar extracted from the Russian sturgeon, a species originally native to the Caspian Sea, Black Sea and Azov Sea. This medium-size fish can weigh from 20 to 60 kg (44 to 132 lbs). Only the best and largest eggs (more than 3mm) are selected for this delicate, complex and slightly nutty caviar. With dark brown and beige nuances, this is the cream of the crop. Its superior flavors are best appreciated by tasting it simply on its own to slowly savor all its regal nuances. Suggested pairing: top quality Brut or elegant sparkling wines. - Producer Notes

Also available in sizes: 28g, 125g, 250g


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The Wine Spectator Award Results are in - Wally's Wins (Again)!

July 8, 2019

On behalf of the entire Wally’s Team, we are honored to be recognized by Wine Spectator in this year’s 2019 #WSRestaurantAwards. These prestigious and selective awards celebrate achievements in outstanding wine programs world-wide and we’re proud to announce that both of our locations have been honored. Wally’s Santa Monica, open for less than a year, has won a ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ Award, and Wally’s Beverly Hills has won the Grand Award, representing the highest level of world wine service, for the third year in a row.


Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

To qualify for an award, a wine list must present complete, accurate information, including vintages and appellations for all selections. Complete producer names and correct spellings are mandatory, and the overall presentation of the list is also considered. Lists that meet these requirements are judged for one of our three awards. - Wine Spectator


Grand Award, Wally's Beverly Hills 2017, 2018, 2019

100 winners total
Our highest award, given to restaurants that show an uncompromising, passionate devotion to the quality of their wine programs. These wine lists typically feature 1,000 or more selections, and deliver serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vintages, a selection of large-format bottles, excellent harmony with the menu, and superior presentation. These restaurants offer the highest level of wine service. - Wine Spectator


Best of Award of Excellence, Wally's Santa Monica 2019

1,244 winners total
These wine lists display excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation. Typically offering 350 or more selections, these restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team. - Wine Spectator


Thank you Wine Spectator! Our Team is celebrating this tremendous achievement!

Discover more about the Restaurant Awards here.