LA might have one of the best craft beer and cocktail scenes in America, but our wine scene is admittedly weak compared to other large cities. In recent years, the amount of attention and demand for great wine has diminished. Bodega Wine Bar's Hollywood location shuttered due to its location. Longstanding Lou Wine Bar reopened as BOSC Wine Bar after Lou Amdur sold the business to Troy Stevens. Perhaps there's a bit of an uptick in interest in wine. Later this month, The Colonial will host a Grand Opening on July 18th, where David Haskell will be pairing wines with Consulting Chef Alex Agneau. In addition, Angeleno Magazine named Matthew Kaner of Bar Covell and L&E Oyster Bar as this year's Best New Sommelier.
Though San Francisco and Vegas have great representation on Wine Enthusiast's latest 100 Best Wine Restaurants list, L.A. does have a few notable entries: CUT, The Tasting Kitchen, and Hatfield's. Each features different "destination" bottles such as a 2002 Domaine Dugat-Py Charmes-Chambertin at Tasting Kitchen and a 2001 Mount Mary Triolet from Yarra Valley. CUT boasts a 1970 Saint Julien by Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou. Kudos to the restaurants in the Top 100, and here's to hoping that L.A. has a few more restaurants in next years list.