Los Angeles is a great big freeway. Walking from wine bar to wine bar is impossible, so jump in a car, or better yet, a taxi, and check out some of the best that Los Angeles has to offer. The city is blessed with lots of bars serving California wine, but you have to look a bit harder to find international wine lists. Here are three that serve up a broad worldview.
Primitivo Wine Bistro in Venice has over 60 wines by the glass, including those from China, Morocco, Greece and Lebanon, as well as Old World standards from France, Spain and Italy. You can get a 2.5-ounce tasting pour, a five-ounce glass, or splurge for the whole bottle.
Located on hip Sunset Boulevard in way-cool West Hollywood, the Andaz West Hollywood boasts 20 wines by the glass, four premium sparkling wines and many more by the bottle. Some of the standout by-the-glass offerings are Domaine Gilles’s 2005 Pinot Noir from Nuits-St.-Georges in Burgundy, and the hard-to-find Domaine de la Ragotterie’s 2004 Pineau des Charentes Blanc from the southwest of France. But why not order a bottle of Champagne, sit back and hold hands with the one you love as the sun sets dramatically over the Hollywood hills? Sinfully delicious triplefried French fries drizzled with truffle oil and an artfully presented Cowgirl Creamery cheese plate are some of the favorite bites of the see-and-be-seen crowd.
If you’re heading out for a game at Dodger Stadium or a concert at the Greek Theater, stop in for a glass or two at Barbrix in Silver Lake, and don’t forget to taste a few of chef Don Dickman’s small plates. With more than 20 wines by the glass and about 60 offerings by the bottle, the wine list covers the globe and has a few notable mentions from Hungary, Uruguay and Greece, as well as Italy, Austria, Spain and France.