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Tasting Table - March 2023

The 20 Best Wine Shops In Los Angeles

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Wine is a universal language that people all across the world love to speak. Whether you prefer a full-bodied red or a light, crisp white wine, the possibilities are endless. Though California is abundant in wine country, travel destinations like Los Angeles make up for what they lack in vineyards. From shops that focus on natural and biodynamic wines to upscale stores that house premium vintage bottles, LA is home to tons of incredible wine shops that are worth exploring.

Looking to grab a nice bottle on the go? No problem. Hoping to join a wine club and expand your palette with monthly selections? Easy. Some of these LA wine shops even double as restaurants, allowing patrons to sit down for a vino-paired meal before packing up a few bottles to take home. Whether you're new to wine or consider yourself an up-and-coming sommelier, keep reading for our list of the best wine shops in Los Angeles.

 

Good Clean Fun

wall of wine bottles in a shopGood Clean Fun is a spunky and innovative natural wine shop and restaurant located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. All of the wines sold here are made without pesticides and harmful chemicals, ensuring that customers receive the best of the best in the world of vino. In addition to wine, Good Clean Fun also sells all-natural and organic ciders, beers, and hard seltzers.

Whether you're in the area or passing through, simply stop by and grab a few bottles to go. Those looking to enjoy a sit-down meal paired with one-of-a-kind natural wines can also stop by Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Good Clean Fun also offers a stellar happy hour featuring $2 oysters, $10 glasses of wine, and other delicious discounted bites.

 

Eataly

public marketplaceLooking to transport yourself to Italy without the 10-plus hour flight? Eataly is a massive and magical Italian market that has everything from gourmet cheeses to hand-made pastas. Its selection of Italian wines is one of the best in the city. Eataly houses a huge variety of vino, and the Eataly Los Angeles wine club allows members to explore different wines each month.

Those who become a member can choose between different tiers, ranging from all white wines to all red wines to a classic combo of both. For only $75 a month, members get three bottles of wine and the opportunity to learn more about the story behind each Italian varietal. For only $10 more, you can opt in for the natural wine membership, which gives you a true taste of small and organic Italian wines.

 

Domaine LA

row of wine bottles with a banana perched on topDomaine LA has been showcasing honest wines since 2009. Patrons will find a large selection of fine wines to choose from, including top-notch cabernet sauvignon and syrah. From orange wines to bubbles, Domaine LA truly has everything you need when it comes to vino. Even those seeking biodynamic varietals will find exactly what they're looking for when browsing the shelves at Domaine LA.

Whether you're looking to shop by country, variety, or farming practices, the knowledgeable employees are ready to help you navigate the often complex and confusing world of wine. Joining the wine club at Domaine LA means enjoying two to three bottles of wine per month for only $50. On top of that, members get an additional 10% off all other purchases.

 

Helen's

shelves of wine with a neon sign "helens"From food critics to influencers to the everyday diner, Jon & Vinny's has become a household name across Los Angeles. Helen's has been there from the start, opening its doors with John & Vinny's Italian restaurant in 2015. Since then, Helen's has made a name for itself as a provider of delicious natural, organic, and small-batch wines available by the glass with dinner at Jon & Vinny's or by the bottle from the quaint yet well-stocked showroom.

Helen's offers a wide variety of wines for customers to choose from ranging in flavor and origin. That said, Helen's greatest mission is to offer high-quality wines that are accessible to shoppers with different price points. The display of collaboration between the chefs at Jon & Vinny's and Helen's is impressive to say the least, and a must-try for any LA wine lover.

 

Venice Beach Wines

overhead view of a table with wine tastingVenice Beach Wines is a small and casual wine shop located in the beach town of Venice. From chilled reds to crisp chardonnay, Venice Beach Wines has been a part of the community for more than 14 years. One of the coolest things about this wine shop is the fact that it actively seeks out the most unique and one-of-a-kind wines for its customers and wine club members. Those that decide to join the wine club will receive two premium bottles per month for only $45, making it one of the most affordable wine memberships in LA.

In addition to being a wine shop, Venice Beach Wines is also a restaurant and tasting room. Stop by for a quick afternoon tasting or sit down and order some apps to pair with a chilled bottle of pinot grigio before hitting the beach.

 

Silverlake Wine

5 winesSilverlake Wine has a niche for finding some of the best organic, biodynamic, and natural wines in LA. The shop is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., ensuring that you can get your fix and grab a bottle whenever you need. While those that prefer old-fashioned wines might not love the selection at this shop, new-age drinkers and explorers will be fascinated by the weekly arrivals. From organic cabernet blends to sparkling lambrusco, these innovative wines come from all over.

On top of that, those that are looking to avoid added sulfites will appreciate the all-organic and natural selection. Whether you're looking for the perfect wine to pair with pizza or a picturesque bottle to take on a picnic, Silverlake Wine is a great go-to spot in East LA.

 

Vinovore

table full of retail products including books, candles, bookmarks wineVinovore is a one-of-a-kind wine shop with locations in both the Silverlake and Eagle Rock neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Vinovore specializes in women-made wines, and the femme-forward business model is mirrored in the eclectic decor and design displayed throughout both shops.

In addition to the impressive array of women-made wines from around the world, Vinovore is the perfect place to go gift shopping for any occasion. Looking for some artisanal handmade pasta to pair with your wine? Vinovore has that covered. Seeking a cheeky piece of wall art or a book on how to keep your plants alive? Vinovore has that, too. This one-stop shop for all things women and wine is an East LA gem that is not to be missed.

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