Venice Beach Wines

Best New Bars, September 2009

Were it not for those beachy folks ambling in and out, it would be easy to mistake this joint for a wooden utility shed. Oscar Hermasillo added a wine-and-beer bar to his Venice wineshop earlier this year. The look is jerry-built, but the sipping selections have cred. The tightly edited wine list ranges from a crips Pere Ventura cava to a rich Argentine malbec. Hungry from all that sun? Chef Jill Davies (ex of Josie) comes to the rescue with panini and charcuterie. Appellation: Bikes and boards and dogs outside. Top pour: Sangria on Saturday and Sunday Palate cleanser: Lamb panini with almond raita.