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The Best Wine Lists in L.A.

BY The Editors | June 23, 2017 | Feature Features

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The 2012 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Charmois - Domaine René Lamy, a favorite vino at Mélisse

Kali
Half of the success of this California-focused restaurant lies deeply in the hands of Drew Langley. The former Providence wine director hones in on affordable West Coast finds, along with rare and small-production bottles from private collectors for his list, which means there’s something for everyone. One of Langley’s favorites right now: Liquid Farm Rose. Larchmont, 323.871.4160

Mélisse
Sommelier Matthew Luczy has ensured that, while dining on exceptional cuisine from Josiah Citrin, the wine list isn’t intimidating. Yes, there are 1,500 bottles on offer, many geared toward extravagance—like the $9,000 2003 Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti—but there are also very approachable finds available. Luczy says the common thread is a “hands-off approach to winemaking.” Santa Monica, 310.395.0881

Tabula Rasa
This hip and off-the-beaten-path spot is nothing like the stodgy wine bars of yesterday. Thanks to Bestia alums Zach Negin and Daniel Flores, the list is as eclectic as the space, with a selection that’s both unique and accessible, filled with biodynamic and small-production finds like Patrick Sullivan’s Haggis orange wine from Australia. Thai Town, 213.290.6309

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