Ideal 55 – Downtown L.A.
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George Fansmith,

Ideal 55 – Downtown L.A.

Ideal 55 was founded in 1999 – by collectors, for collectors – with the mission to provide convenient access to secure wine storage in facilities near where our clients live, work, or play.

We currently operate multiple facilities in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and the San Francisco Bay Area. We are adding facilities in these areas and our growth plans include nationwide and international expansion.

In addition to consumers, we serve individual wine collectors and those in the wine trade, ranging from wineries to wine brokers, wine reps, wine auction houses, wine movers, wine retailers, and restaurants.

Our services range from 24/7/365 self-storage to full-service storage, including shipping services, inventory management, and consulting.


365 Access

Okay, so you’ve stored your wine and you fiercely maintain that, as a civilized person, you shall uncork no wine before its time. But what happens if that time occurs on a holiday or your schedule has you passing by our location early in the morning or late in the evening? What’s an oeniphile to do? Relax. You can get that special bottle anytime you want because with your locker or walk in room lease we include use of our state of the art electronic entry and exit system. This system allows you to access your collection 7 days a week 365 days a year.


Whether you need an appraisal for an insurance policy or if you are considering selling your collection, we can help. We work with only fully vetted partners to provide you the best service possible. For more information and to begin the appraisal process, please Contact Us and provide some initial details on your needs.


Our state-of-the-art refrigeration systems and facility envelopes efficiently maintain 55 degrees year round as well as 60-70 percent humidity. We regularly maintain our equipment. And we retain local vendors that guarantee quick response times to any service calls. You can also view temperature monitors through our website.

Inventory Services

You don’t want to uncover a bottle in your cellar that was at its prime years ago. Maybe you need a regularly updated list for your insurance company, or maybe you want to trade some bottles, but you need to know what you have. We can help you better manage your collection! Our inventory services are custom priced depending on factors such as the level of detail you require, the size of your collection, the number of individual wines (do you buy by the case or one bottle at a time).

For a custom quote, contact us with some details about your collection.


Easy Access
Ideal 55’s lockers are designed for easy access. The doors are wide and the shelves are only two cases deep. In most cases fully half of your cases will be immediately accessible when you open your locker. Our typical 12 case locker is 3 cases wide, 2 cases deep, and 2 cases high.

Locker Sizes
We offer various locker sizes at most Ideal 55 facilities. Our basic locker holds 12 cases and mos facilities also offer larger sizes. Depending on the facility that is convenient for you, you may find lockers in these sizes:

10 case – Marina del Rey, San Francisco
12 case – all facilities except Hermosa Beach
12 case long term no access during lease – Marina del Rey
18 case – Playa del Rey
20 case – San Francisco
24 case – Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, San Francisco
27 case – Hollywood, LAX, Wine Vault on Bunker Hill
36 case – Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey
42 case – Hollywood
45 case – Hollywood
For larger sizes, see our rooms.

Locker pricing varies by facility. For specific facility information, check out our locations.


January 2018: As a client you may ship wine to Ideal 55 for placement directly into the your locker or room. The cost is $10 per box. We can text a photo of the shipping label to you for $2. Shipments are held at 55 degrees and approximately once every 30 days placed into your locker. If the box will not fit. or if we need to repack from a large shipping box to a smaller box, we will contact you. Here is our receiving address:

c/o JLA / Ideal 55
13152 Raymer St #D
North Hollywood, CA 91605

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

When possible, please e-mail us a heads-up that boxes are coming. The standard carriers, such as UPS and FedEx, know the Raymer Street facility. GSO uses different drivers and needs to be made aware of the hours.


Most Ideal 55 facilities offer walk in storage rooms. These rooms vary from “small” rooms that hold around 80 cases to “super” rooms that can hold more than 1,000 cases. You may customize your room with commercial grade steel shelving or to create a truly impressive wine cellar, we offer custom racking and flooring. Contact Us for more details.


Our security systems monitor, record, and identify each entry and exit; highly trained security personnel are notified immediately should anyone tamper with or try to defeat the security system, or attempt to force open the door. The entire system is monitored 24 hours a day from a UL listed Central Station.

Smile! YOU ARE on camera. We have digital video cameras installed throughout our facilities. Images may be monitored remotely in real time and may be retained on and offsite.

Wine Tastings

Ideal 55 Hosts a series of tastings at top LA restaurants. If you submit an inquiry on any of our facilities, you will be signed up for our newsletter and you will receive the invitations!

Our past events:

May 2017: Bodega Catena Zapata – Spago
March 2017: La Rioja Alta – The Bazaar by José Andrés
September 2016: Stony Hill Vineyard – Petrossian West Hollywood
June 2016: Torbreck Wines – Saam at the Bazaar by José Andrés
February 2016: Laurel Glen Vineyard – Petrossian West Hollywood
October 2015: Vega Sicilia (Oremus, Alion, Pintia) – Spago
June 2015 Grande Marques Champagne Dinner (Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Krug) – Petrossian West Hollywood
March 2015: Héritage Fine Wines – Spago
November 2014: Cardinale & Lokoya – Spago
October 2014: Donelan Family Wines – Spago
June 2014: Progeny Winery – Spago
April 2014: Three Sticks Wines – Spago
November 2013: Littorai Wines – Spago
September 2013: Robert Keenan Winery – Spago
April 2013: Spring Mountain Vineyard – Spago

Wine Cellar Management

Ideal 55 Wine Lockers can offer you a full range of management services for your cellar. Here is a partial list:

  • Boxes
  • Receiving
  • Inventory – from basic to detailed
  • Valuation
  • Purchasing Consulting
  • Selling Consulting

Pricing is custom. Contact us for details.

Wine Moving

Need to move your wine? Ideal 55 can help with local moves and we can make referrals for national and international moves. For local moves we can do any or all of the following:

  • Inventory
  • Packing
  • Transport
  • Storage
  • Unpacking
  • Boxes and Materials

Pricing is custom. For more details contact us.

  • Types of Clients Served

  • Private Collector
  • Wholesaler
  • Importer
  • Distributor
  • Winery
  • Restaurants
  • Facility Features

  • Security
  • Temperature Controlled
  • Humidity Controlled
  • Client Access 24/7
  • Types of Storage

  • Private Locker
  • Pallet
  • Walk-in Lockers
  • Full-Service Storage
  • Short Term Storage
  • Long Term Storage
  • Cellar Management

  • Cellar Management Services
  • Receiving/Shipping

  • Receiving of Wine Shipments – Retail
  • Receiving of Wine Shipments – Winery
  • Packing – In Home
  • Additional Services

  • Valuation Services
  • Event Hosting