Don’t have a private cellar? Domaine LA has you covered. The center of the store is designed for lounging—spill-proof chairs literally stand in the middle of the room—because you'll want to brood over the facts and facets of each bottle of vino. There's a focus on small-production wines that emphasize what happens on the vineyard more than in the barrels. Italian, French, California, Oregon and Washington dominate the selections, with a "Wall of Affordable Deliciousness" of top picks under $15.The Sunday tastings (2pm-5pm) feature lite bites ($10-$20) from restaurants like Sotto and Night + Market paired with lesser-known, small-production wines.
Whether you're toasting a special occasion or a quiet night in, there's often no time to study the myriad of wine labels at the grocery store or leave it to the stock guy to suggest the right bottle. Instead, try a wine store for a change, where you'll find not only a great selection of labels but also stellar customer service and plenty of tasting options. Picking something up for a supper club or birthday party? Looking for a blend you tried at your favorite wine bar last week? Head to one of these wine stores to score a killer bottle. Cheers!