From wine bars to tasting rooms to classes, the Westside has got it all
You don’t have to go to Santa Barbara or Napa to celebrate the end of the harvest season in California. Here’s where to enjoy the best of past vintages closer to home.
With a wood-burning oven, charcuterie selection, and wines from nearly every noted wine region you can think of, Wally’s Wine in Beverly Hills is one of the top wine hotspots in all of Los Angeles. If its casual yet elegant restaurant setting isn’t suiting the mood, stop in to the retail store and pick up artisanal chocolates, decadent caviars and specialty cheeses before a picnic or romantic night in. With a New American menu and French-inspired communal dining atmosphere, Wally’s is abuzz with energy and world-class wines.
This organic, French wine bar is located in the heart of Beverly Hills. The owner of the chic Heritage Fine Wines, Jordane Andrieu, opened the Los Angeles hangout taking inspiration from his own wine estate in Burgundy. The atmosphere transports guests to the streets of Paris for charcuterie and wine, and with $1 oyster Thursdays and live piano music, Heritage Food & Wine is the idyllic location for wine-ing in Beverly Hills with a French twist.
How about brunch on the way to the beach? Or just looking to restock the wine cellar? Esters in Santa Monica is both a cute, chic restaurant and a well-appointed bottleshop. With signature snacks like lavender almonds and smoked fish, they offer grab-and-go options in addition to their farm-fresh menu. Esters embraces quality seasonal ingredients in a casual and buoyant atmosphere.
For those who wish Napa Valley were just a bit closer to LA, St. Supéry in Beverly Hills brings the tasting experience to the center of the city. This Napa Valley winery has its very own tasting salon that features wine flights and interactive tasting experiences, in its Los Angeles bistro. With a selection of estate-produced wines, St. Supéry brings a taste of Wine Country to Beverly Hills.
The Blending Lab makes wine right here in Los Angeles and is must-visit Westside wine hotspot for all those who dream of being a winemaker. Although the Lab is in Beverly Grove, which is just on the cusp of Westside territory, this tasting room offers blending classes where students can make their very own bottle of wine choosing the proportion of varietals themselves—and that makes a little extra drive time completely worth it. Stop in for a tasting or give the gift of making a great bottle of wine at The Blending Lab, it’s worth venturing to Beverly Grove for.