Can’t find a designated driver to roll up to the Santa Ynez Valley for a day of wine tasting? Check out these happening wine bars in L.A. to get your fruity, oaky senses stirring without the road trip.
Lou (724 Vine St.)
Don’t let the strip mall location deter you from experiencing one of the best wine bars in Los Angeles. Clear out a Monday night and reserve your spot for a multi-course wine pairing supper for $55. Lou’s pours over thirty wines, paying special attention to those fermented with natural wild yeasts, indigenous grape varieties and minimal to none dependence on fancy technologies and synthetics.
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A.O.C. (8022 West 3rd St.)
In 2010, Angeleno Magazine named A.O.C. Wine Bar to “10 for All Time” list. Celebrity Chef Suzanne Goin and Sommelier Caroline Styne merge to form the perfect blend of Mediterranean delights and vino specialties. Serving over 50 wines by the glass, surrender your indecisive self to the knowledgeable waiter. Don’t miss “Flights and Bites” on Monday nights, where A.O.C. takes you on a trip to a different wine region in the world.
Barbrix (2442 Hyperion Ave.)
Los Angeles Magazine voted Barbrix the “Best Wine Bar” in August 2011, and who are we to argue with authority. Set up in a converted 1940’s house, its casual but quaint interior with hardwood floors and a social square bar makes diners feel at home. Claudio Blotta’s extensive, yet affordable wine list steals the show. Chef Don Dickman offers popular cooking classes for those interested in whipping up their own Mediterranean small plates.