Directly off the 405 on Cotner Avenue is this wine-drinker’s paradise: an incredibly large warehouse of wines organized by country, with a range in styles and price points. When the Wine House hosts scheduled tasting events, they often take place in the restaurant on the second level called “Upstairs 2,” where wines are poured by the glass. A small tasting room features an enomatic dispensing machine with a rotating list of a few dozen wines.
When: Mon–Sat 11am–6pm; Sun noon–5pm. For longer, more involved tastings, visit the website and check their classes and events calendar.
Cost: $1–$5 per taste (1-ounce pours)
Reservation needed: No
When you’re craving wines by the flights but a boozy weekend getaway among the vines just isn’t in the cards (or you just can’t go back to Malibu Wines again this month), worry not: L.A.’s wine shops are the next best thing. Just like visiting a winery, you’ll pay a fee to sip through a flight of wines based on a theme—maybe all reds or whites, or all New World zinfandels—and usually walk away with discounted bottles. And if you’re heading to a BYOB party or a BBQ, these tastings will help you pick out something you just tried and know will be a hit. You know, so you can call yourself an “expert.”