Best Wine List
Would love to hear what everyone thinks about the best wine list in town and their favorite wines.
Totally agree on Carlito's Gardel for the Malbec/Cab selection of vintage Argentine wines - Some of Max's Malbecs are sensational.
Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks has some superb Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zin, Grenache, etc. to go with their nicely spiced and very flavorful food. Most names not recognized in most restaurants, yet oh so good, yet not inexpensive!
Valentino perenially comes up. The list at Sona is quite a tome.
Lesser known for their wine lists, but impressive nonetheless:
Ristorante Peppone (Brentwood)
Shibucho (mid-city) - $$$$$!! The Romanee-Conti is great.
1. Cafe Stella in Silver Lake by far has the BEST wine list (for the price) in Los Angeles. I'm sick and tired of going to restaurants and seeing the same wines over and over again. What I'm looking for is an experience - this is what Stella is all about. Last week I was there with clients and we had a remarkable bottle of wine. It was a Bordeaux biodynamic/organic called Chateau le Puy. Wow! The manager told us to order this wine with such passion that we could not refuse. He explained that this family has always been biodynamic (for hundreds of years) and you can TASTE it!
2. Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Kitchen in Santa Monica - my local hangout! Great wines by the glass. Try the 2005 Zind Humbrecht, Gewurztraminer by the glass. Other top picks: 2006 Peter Michael, 2004 Rebourgeon-Mure 1er Cru, 2005 Domaine Vieux Telegraphe, Chateauneuf d p.
3. Little Door on 3rd Street - great food both in the main room and the Little Next Door. Good mix of small producers and hard to find wines.