If you’re looking for a place to “seduce your senses” then it’s about time you discover a timelessly quaint wine bar on Melrose blvd: Vinoteque. Escape the craziness of everyday life and immerse yourself into a charming European-styled hideaway. Found atop a small staircase, this gem offers a back yard patio overlooking silent films for an intimate dining experience.
The menu reveals a selection of seasonal, organic and locally grown tapas-style dishes, which have been masterfully crafted by Executive Chef Sheila R. Gomez. In an effort to support the environment and local businesses, all ingredients have been hand picked from the Santa Monica farmers market or their self-sustaining vegetable and herb garden.
-Warm Goat Cheese Napoleon
-Smoked Salmon Flatbread
-Black Angus Sliders
-Churros & Coffee
With more than one hundred producers represented on their wine list you’re bound to find a pairing that fits perfectly with any mood, occasion or dish. If you become overwhelmed just seek the advice of wine director / sommelier, Ryan Hess. He’s incredibly enthusiastic about the wine and upholds a track record of fully satisfying even the most finicky of palates.
At Vinoteque, you may also participate in an Italian custom by writing a love note on a lock and attaching the encrypted message to a series of chains with other Los Angeleno lovers. In Italy, many couples would do this on a bridge where the message would be written and the key tossed into the water below to “secure their love.”
Check out their weekly events to experience the delightful ambiance that has been described as “robustly romantic and flirtatiously fun.”
Tuesday: Sip & Swirl 7p & 9pm
Wednesdays: Vinotrivia 8pm
Thursday: Board Game Night
Friday & Saturday:
15% off all bottles up to $99
25% off all bottles $100 and more
Sunday: VinoCinema (classic movie on the courtyard patio at sundown)
*See a list of upcoming movies here & join me Sunday November 4th for a screening of the American comedy-drama, Bottleshock. A true story based on the 1976 wine competition termed the “Judgment of Paris“, when California wine defeated French wine in a blind taste test (trailer).
7469 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046