Bar Bandini and Tabula Rasa are my two favorite bars in LA. Both are serious about both beer and wine. TR has a reserve sour beer bottle list that has often some pretty killer stuff, also La Morra pizza on Wednesdays.
It’s not a deep library . I think that’s the point
Nothing I was commenting on had a thing to do with geography. There’s a clustering around silverlake which is pretty dang central metro LA
Beverly Hills Cheese Store.
costco in socal have crap wine selections
I really enjoy Covell. I’ve been to many a great parties there.
Had #5 of 6 of this today . I got from K&L when these came out. When you see this juice you buy blindly and remember your cousin nemroz
Robert, I don’t think this is at all accurate.
Beware the prize labels at some of these shops especially in the SGV. Some of the juice, well, may not be the juice. I’ve seen some suspect labels.
If you’re looking for fun experiences and good tastings, it’s hard to go wrong with LOU as echoed by many here.
I second DTLAEater. Winesearcher.com is your friend. I drink much of what you listed except Super Tuscan and will typically price shop here in LA during summer months when it’s too hot to ship or elsewhere when the weather is more temperate.
That being said, Lincoln Fine Wines has a nice selection. I have often bought Lapierre or Foillard by the case from DomaineLA and LOU. BH Cheese and also Milkfarm in Eagle Rock has a nice selection. Omotesando gave a great suggestion to focus on importers. You can ask importers who carries them heavily. The list Omo gives of importers is terrific and I would add Oliver Crum, Rudi Weist and Skurnik.
Steve Golden’s site https://enofinewine.com/ is also excellent.
My favorite “wine bar” is the bar at Providence with that awesome cheese cart. We sometimes go for just wine and cheese.
Love Lincoln Fine wine! Great shop
Agreed! Great selection and super knowledgeable staff, I love supporting them.
I don’t use Wine-Searcher much these days but I believe their free version only lists sources that are paying them for the service. In order to see ALL the places they scrub from online sources you have to pay for their PRO version. I don’t know how much PRO costs now but I recall that it greatly increased the number of places shown that carried a wine I’d search for.
Gads! But Mr. Kurniawan swears by their provenance!
Yeah but I need in quality in that quantity… of course I could buy x2 half bottles but that ends up being a bit less cost effective. Cuz dats how I rollz…
I’m definitely a sake geek at heart, but I’m learning more wine and appreciation just to understanding structure, pairing, acidity etc better (and understand sake and pairing from a better viewpoint).
Anthill has been a label/producer that I’m really really enjoying of late, and it’s great value coming from the former makers of Williams Seylem (which I’ve never tasted anything from them yet sadly). The gems are in the older vintages. Peters, Baker Ranch, Campbell Ranch are some of my favorites. I poured the 2010 Anthill Farms Tina Marie Vineyards to a sake producer friend from Hyogo Prefecture when he visited NorCal in May, and he loved it to bits (a bit lighter bodied, but far more nuanced than wines made in Japan with Koshu grape…acquired taste…it’s worse than Niigata sake with that razor quick finish which is a travesty for red wine).
I am well aware of this…hence my reference for “gits and shiggles”.
Seeing unicorn sake and first growth in non climate control conditions in a jack of all trades, dried seafood and dried goods store is great fun for the iPhone and social media. The unicorn sake is either unpasteurized or single pasteurized, and needs to be kept in cold storage…unfortunately the seller and local customers don’t know ;-). Even if at wine cellar temperature it is being tortured to a slow death.
I better find other places to visit and things to do if I’m in that area, might not make a special trip across town just for photographing and laughing…
Big selection of Loire wines, quite possible, since that’s a hotbed of natural wine. Otherwise, those categories aren’t ones you’ll find a big selection of at natural wine shops.