Michael "Mickey" Consbruck has been dreaming of opening V Wine Room for three years. He's been paying rent on the space just off Santa Monica Boulevard for a year, and while he hoped to open V late last year, contractor delays and permit issues prevented him from pouring. Tonight, Mickey and his family celebrate with a grand opening at 5 p.m.
Consbruck, a landscape architect by trade, started working in wine sales and marketing during the 2008 downturn. He quickly built relationships with small producers around Santa Barbara and Solvang, bringing their stories and wine down to LA. Unfortunately, it was during this time that sommeliers and beverage directors were looking to trim their wine lists. Smaller wine producers suffered as a result, and it was for this reason that Consbruck thought about the concept for V.
V is a wine bar, tasting room and wine merchant. Consbruck's concept takes California's smallest producers and brings them to light in the heart of West Hollywood. These wines are from such small producers that they are not available anywhere else in Los Angeles. In some cases, the wine maker may have only produced a dozen cases of a certain vintage, meaning it's easy to find something special at V.
Free wifi and comfortable seating mean V can serve as a daytime hang out in addition to a wine shop, and smoothly transition into a nighttime wine bar. Soon, Consbruck says he'll serve coffee and tea in addition to the wines by the glass and bottle. Select craft beers are available by the bottle as well. There is a limited menu of savory bites, including cheeses and cured meats, for nibbling. Nearby shop Cake + Art has created a line of wine-friendly desserts especially for V, adding a sweet note to a sweet new shop. V will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. There is free parking in the back.
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