Although we’re a few hours south of Napa Valley, there is some great wine here in Los Angeles and there are some great places to drink it. A wine bar needs to provide not only a great selection of wonderful wines, but also a fun atmosphere, a professional and knowledgeable staff and of course, good food.
Here are three great wine bars in Los Angeles
In real estate they say location, location, location. Well apparently the same is true for wine bars. Bin73 is steps from the Pacific Ocean in fun Venice Beach and is a great way to end a day walking the Venice Beach boardwalk and checking out all the wild human fun that happens there. The wine bar was opened by the owner who runs Mercede’s Grill next door and has a nice selection. The food is great too. We went for the Sunday happy hour and started with the sangria, which was fruity and fresh and quite strong! It was perfect after a day at the beach. We also tried the Mondavi Cabernet which was luscious. Rich and flavorful, very nice. It was $15. for the glass.
18 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 (310) 827-6209
BottleRock is rapidly becoming a Los Angeles wine institution and has two locations, Culver City and downtown Los Angeles. We visited the downtown Los Angeles location. Its a very cool, trendy space and is near both the Staples Center and the new LA Live complex. We tried the 2005 Chateau Rayas, La Pialade Cotes Du Rhone, France and 2008 Preston Vineyards, L. Preston, Dry Creek Valley which was part of the flight special, which was $10. for three tastings. The Chateau Rayas was wonderful, a deep rich red with a lot of spice. The Preston was less impressive, we still prefer the French Rhones.
1050 Flower Street
LA CA 90015
While the other two wine bar choices are casual and fun, AOC is more serious. AOC is an abbreviation of the French words for “Appellation d’origine contrôlée” (AOC), which means “controlled designation of origin” its used on French wine to certify that it comes from the region is says on the bottle. French wines are known and named for the region where their grapes are grown, so this is is essential to the French wine industry and why the owners chose this to name their wine bar.
They are real professionals here, in wine, food and cheese, so some may feel a bit intimidated. Just relax, admit you may not know much and let them help you. As with any wine bar, if you don’t know what to ask for, tell them what you like, foods, flavors, dry or sweet, etc., and let them make some selections for you. Or try the flights or small samples of multiple vintages. The service is very good and the food, all of it, is amazing. Really amazing. They offer an amazing range of cheeses, charcuteerie (fancy cold cuts), salads, fish meat and fantastic pizzas and similar things from their wood burning over. We tried the 2009 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais in anticipation of the 2010 arrival, it was $5.00 a glass. It was light and airy and fun to drink. We could tell it had aged a bit, and this wine is meant to be drunk young. Next we tried the Francis Coppola Reserve Merlot which was delicate yet knocked you out. A super wine, and perfect with our meal. It was $9.00
8022 W 3rd St
Los Angeles , CA 90048