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Apr 24, 2008 10:44 AM

Anyone been to Vinoteque yet?

Looks promising -- yet another hip-but-affordable Culver City joint. (Though this one's not in the heart of downtown like most of the rest.) I think we're going to check it out on Friday, but just wondering if anyone else had gone already.

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  1. Yes, we liked it a lot. Excellent wines on their list at near retail prices, especially if you buy the whole bottle (For example, Brown Estate zin for $40. We liked.). Really friendly service, too. Live jazz trio. Only gripe is pours are not huge if you buy a glass or two from an unopened bottle, but that may vary and they may get a bit more generous (maybe they read CH, hint hint....). We were very happy - pretty great overall.

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      1. re: CulverJack

        The pours are standard 5 oz.---they measure in mini riedel decanters. They do not vary. I checked.

      2. I went there yesterday and it was quite nice. We got a tip on a great bottle of Silver Lake Pinot Noir from Tasmania of all places from the waitress. It was a tasting on the wine flight for the night but we got the waitress to give us a taste for free. At $45 it was a bargain with nice complexity with a very long finish so we immediately ordered it. After coming from the FO 2 in Culver City, we decided to stop by to check out Vinoteque. They had a jazz band (The Three Amigos) playing and the place is split into a loungey area for enjoying the band, a bar area, and outdoor seating area. We ordered a cheese plate which went really well with the wine. Didn't eat much else though, sorry. I'd recommend it. Especially if you like wines.

        1. Cool space. Like most live music venues, you aren't going here if you want to have a quiet conversation (unless you sit outside). Did the flight tasting - 3 decent-sized pours of Spanish/Portuguese reds for $15. Very good choices. Liked the dates stuffed w/blue cheese (4 for $7). The truffle grilled cheese was a larger portion ($10), but very delicate flavor (i.e. a bit bland).

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          1. re: samochows

            No kidding... I knew there was live music, but I don't think we were prepared for how loud it was going to be. It's pretty much like trying to have a conversation in the middle of a dance floor. Service was pretty spotty, too. That said, the food and wine were really good. And it's great to have a hip place like this in a different part of Culver City.

            1. re: nick_r

              The food?

              meh. the cheese plates were nice, came w/ dates, roasted almonds? etc. the bread's from breadbar, but the 3 sandwiches we tried (truffle grilled cheese, kebab, etc.) were all just 'ok'. the truffle grilled cheese was definitely short on the truffle and high on the carbs.

              we had a party of ~15 and the service was extremely prompt / cordial. everyone loved the space, the wines were reasonably priced tho pours smalll and the 'band' was indeed more jazz than blues which i REALLY dug.

              great addition to CC but not a destination for sure.

              1. re: TonyC

                Well, for me, for everything you said above, it actually MAKES the place a destination! LOL! Not, though, for food, I would imagine given the reviews above. But I can't really think of a wine bar that I'd consider so, including AOC, though it does have some decent bites to go with the vino. For me, these bars are about the wine and the vibe.

                And the music is really right for this concept, I think.

                Trying FO2 tonight, but if that doesn't fly for some reason, we're headed back to Vinotheque.

                1. re: TonyC

                  there's a new chef there and they've retooled the menu...also now getting their produce from farmer's markets

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