Friday, October 23, 2009

Domaine L.A.: Melrose gets great grapes

Guests mingle at Wednesday's grand opening, complete with wines from La Fenetre and foie gras grilled cheese sandwiches from Ludovic Lefevbre.

Domaine L.A.'s recently-opened Melrose shop is certainly convenient for picking up a good bottle to go with your California Chicken Cafe takeout, but it's also a great addition to the mid-city/West Hollywoodish area that's generally lacking in laid-back, friendly wine shops like Silver Lake Wine and Colorado Wine Co. Owner Jill Bernheimer, a former film producer who has been running online wine shop Domaine 547, says that for right now the store will be sales only, no tasting events, since city licensing is particularly onerous around restaurant-heavy Melrose. One fun feature at the store is the Wall of Affordable Deliciousness, with insouciant recommendations at reasonable prices, including "Not Yellowtail" and Domaine La Bastide syrah-grenache for $9.

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