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The 6 Best Wine Adventures in LA
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The 6 Best Wine Adventures in LA

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Updated: 24 April 2017
Knowing a city is about having the right place to go to on any given occasion. Read on to learn about 6 great spots to wine and dine in the city of angels.
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Nelsons | © FM

Imagine this: you and your loved one(s) stumble upon Nelson’s, an indoor/outdoor restaurant situated on the Los Angeles bluff. Just outside, a local live band plays and people dance to a panoramic sunset at the outdoor beer-garden edged by the Napa Valley Satellite Wine Bar. Take a moment by sneaking off to the private sunset cliff-garden, for the scenic overlook of a lifetime.

Don’t let the grandiose entrance stifle you; this place is just your size. There is live music every Friday night and all day Saturday, and parking is free before reaching the valet circle.

Nelson’s (Terranea) 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA +1 (310) 265-2702

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At Wilde, passion has taken its highest form: Love. The ‘a-ha’ moment that follows entering this brasserie-meets-nightclub is precisely why you will make an effort to be here on a weekly basis. It’s the wine spot you brag to your friends at the Riviera Country Club about. It doesn’t matter whether you are a connoisseur or just like dining out; a night at Wilde will give you the much-needed oomph you were looking for to get you through your week. They have gone the distance in crafting a wine list composed of rare, organic, small lot wines and exquisite food pairings to match.

Wilde, 320 La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA, +1 (323) 932-9500

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LP Rooftop | © E.P. and L.P.
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See LA by Rooftop

East meets west at E.P. & L.P. Everyone needs a rooftop spot in their deck of cards. For some this will be the sharpest tackle in their box. Ascend the urban-canopy splendor to find inspired Asian cuisine with a view of Los Angeles unlike any other.

E.P. & L.P. 603 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

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Indulge Your Inner 007 at ‘The Cellar’ at 55 Degree Wine

If James Bond drank wine, you would find him here every Tuesday. The Cellar gets no cell service and keeps its subterranean glow with candle-lit tables. The wine flights are works of art.

Here’s how to get in: First, enter 55 Degree Wine store. Wait, look around, and marvel at its glory. By coming here, you have succeeded where others have failed. You will find yourself in the presence of rare village-hopping, hand-picked, small-lot wines from around the world (mostly Italian), at affordable prices. Second, enter The Cellar through the back of the store, where you can do a wine or beer tasting. Last, grab a cheese platter…no, better yet, grab two.

55 Degree Wine, 3111 Glendale Blvd #2, Los Angeles, CA

No city would be complete with out its quintessential German wine-garten. It’s time to come in from the beach for a bite and find out what’s on draught at this wine and beer garten. Fill up before catching your second wind on this Sunday fun-day.

Ashland Hill, 2807 Main St, Santa Monica, CA, +1 (310) 392-3300

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Bar One | ©

Wednesday means its time to grab your best record album and your best friend and head on down to this dive for wine tasting and record playing festivities. $1 off if you bring your vinyl…

BAR ONE Beer & Wine Parlour 12518 Burbank Blvd
, North Hollywood, CA, +1 (818) 505-3870