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Top 5 Restaurant Wine Lists in Los Angeles and the O.C.

 

Image courtesy of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach
Image courtesy of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

 

Oneophiles rejoice! If you’re a vino connoisseur, you’ll love the extensive wine lists at these haute eateries. Here are our top 5 picks for the best restaurant wine lists in Los Angeles and the O.C.

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1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 395-0881
1

Melisse

There is a fabulous variety of vinos at Josiah Citrin's Santa Monica eatery. Look for the extensive 52-page wine list to feature bubblies like Bollinger, "Vieilles Vignes Françaises", Blanc de Noirs, Aÿ, French whites like a 1919 Vouvray Moëlleux, "Le Haut Lieu", G. Huet and Corton-Charlemagne, J.-F. Coche-Dury and the $2,225 per bottle Romanée-St-Vivant, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
2

Spago

The question isn't what's on the wine menu at Wolfgang Puck's haute Beverly Hills eatery, but what ISN'T carried. Puck carries everything from a 1996 Château Lafite-Rothschild – Pauillac to wines from Australia, Austria, Chile and, of course, Italy such as the 3 liter 1988 Antinori – “Tignanello,” Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon, Toscana and $3950 2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia – Masseto, Merlot, Toscana. The eatery also offers a 'Featured Pour" that changes frequently; this month that pour is a Krug Brut Rose.
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 655-6277
3

Lucques

The wines at Lucques are provided by award-winning Sommelier Caroline Styne, the counterpart to James Beard winning Chef Suzanne Goin. On the lengthy menu at Lucques, you'll find predominantly French and domestic wines, though there are some global varietals from Spain, Portugal and Italy as well. Whether its a Sine Qua Non, Five Shooter or a Domine Denis Mortet, Lavaux St. Jacques, when Styne is doing the choosing, you really can't go wrong.
3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 829-4313
4

Valentino

Piero Selvaggio’s passion for wine is apparent in his menu, which is virtually the size of a phone book and boasts more than 2,800 different labels and 90,000 bottles of wine. Though the eatery offers a variety of types for every budget, its menu boasts incredible and rare offerings like a 1891 Brunello Biondi-Santi Riserva for $25,000.
30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420
5

Studio at the Montage Laguna Beach

In addition to its amazing fare and beautiful setting, Studio has has an extensive wine list. The carefully assembled, artful collection offers more than 2,500 selections to complement the menus, available by the bottle, half-bottle or glass.
 Sommelier Troy Smith oversees the restaurant's ambitious wine list, which represents global wines with an emphasis on benchmark wines and notable emerging wineries. Look for bottles like a 1947 R. Lopez de Heredia, Viña Tondonia, Gran Reserva and a 2003 Château de Beaucastel, Hommage a Jacques Perrin, Grand Cuvée.
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