Whether you’re an oenophile, an aficionado or simply a connoisseur, one thing is for certain: you love wine. Here are the top spots in Los Angeles to treat your palette right.
1 A.O.C. Wine Bar and Restaurant
Imbibing at A.O.C. is an experience for your senses. You’ll see an elegant, sparsely monochromatic set-up when you enter Suzanne Goin and Carolyn Styne’s 3rd St. restaurant. You’ll then be seduced the rich odors of cheese and charcuterie. But you’ll stay for the mixture of Italian, French and Californian wines. Make sure to try a glass from the origin A.O.C. is named for: Appellation d’Origine Controlee.
2 Primitivo Wine Bar
Primitivo is completely opposite from its achingly cool location on Abbott Kinney Boulevard: and that’s a good thing. This Venice wine bar is dark, sexy, romantic and carries international varietals from all parts of the globe including Croatia, Lebanon, Greece and Israel. For those expecting an equally timeless menu be warned: new chef Eddy Shin of Chapter 8 Steakhouse has made some alteration you'll just be salivating to try.
3 The Little Door
The Little Door was one of the first wine bars in Los Angeles and 15 years later, it’s still one of the best. It is the first restaurant to introduce the wine-by-the-glass concept in LA, and currently carries over 85 varieties in order to make sure you have a big choice. Make sure to try the Pineau de Charentes, which is a rarity on wine menus in LA. You’ll also find a plethora of bottles from Bordeaux, where owner brothers Nicolas and Frederic Meschin grew up.
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5 Rustic Canyon
Should you head to Rustic Canyon, prepare to broaden your horizons. Owner Josh Loeb doesn’t carry big-name labels: he believes in giving boutique brands a shot at glory. Loeb, whose idea for the restaurant was born out of hosting intimate dinners at his home in the Santa Monica Mountains, lovingly hand-picks twenty wines and carries them on rotation so that you’ll always be certain to discover a whole new world of vino.