Today we get even further, we head over to the US, with some awesome advices by another “local” #winelover Matthew Kaner one of the wine guru of L.A. and has been named among Food and Wine’s 2013 Sommeliers of the year, a distinction bestowed on only 11 wine professionals. Sommelier, magician and rockstar all together
Los Angeles is so multicultural that you can find anything you wish in its streets A paradise for #winelover s and foodies
Food and Wine Tips all together this time
Taco Zone is an institution in Echo Park. it’s name comes from the fact that in its early days it used to park in front of Auto Zone on Alvarado. now it’s across the street in front of the Vons. chorizo and suadero (brisket) tacos are not to be missed.
1342 N Alvarado St (Montana)
Los Angeles, CA 90026 ➔
La Casita Mexicana is in Bell, CA south of LA about a 30 minute drive, depending on traffic. one of the most authentic Oaxacan meals you’ll find around.
4030 Gage Ave Bell, CA 90201, United States
Guelaguetza is an Oaxacan restaurant in the heart of Korea Town. SAY WHAT? this is where you go to get your euphoric Mezcal buzz on. DELICIOUS food and just listen to Bricia. she knows her Mezcal.
3014 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90006, United States
Mignon is a proper wine bar in downtown Los Angeles. Santos Uy (an ex-coworker of mine from Silverlake Wine) is the proprietor. his wine selections are off the wall and delicious, the food is simple and satisfying. a great wine experience in DTLA.
128 E 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90014, United States
Papilles is the sister business to Mignon! it’s a French bistro in Beachwood Canyon with a daily changing pre fix menu that’s sure to delight you for the low cost of entry! they serve it up fresh and authentic!
6221 Franklin Ave Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States
Pizzeria Mozza is my favorite fancy pizza on the planet. the service is impeccable, the wine program screams to be drank, and their food is godly. get there early, or you’re sure to wait.
641 N Highland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States
Tar & Roses is Santa Monica, and the rusticity of their offerings captivated me on my visit. they nailed the charcuterie (very hard to do!), pastas were DELICIOUS, wine program is succinct and completely follows the line of the food. great service, neighborhood feel with an upscale twist on the experience.
602 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States
Son of a Gun makes two food items that I literally dream about and get turned on thinking about. their lobster roll and chicken sandwich are what foodporn dreams are made of. again, GO EARLY or make a reservation (I know, that’s what our parents do…)
3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048. (323) 782-9033
Larchmont Wine & Cheese is an awesome deli and wine store in the heart of Larchmont Village near Hancock Park. Simon’s wine program is super well selected, the sandwiches are dirt cheap and very satisfying. the line will be long, but good lord does it move quickly! ALSO! they have an incredible Spicy Pickle potato chip that I dream about. drooling
223 N Larchmont Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90004, United States
DomaineLA is curated by Jill Bernheimer, and you’ll know Jill’s take on wine after one visit. true to origin, honestly made, and hard to get your hands on wines are what turn her on. also just down the street from Pizzeria Mozza
6801 melrose ave
los angeles ca 90038
Silverlake Wine is where I cut my teeth in the Los Angeles wine industry, and they are directly related to the rise in wine consumption on the east side of Los Angeles. April, Randy, and George’s names ring throughout the Eastside streets when you mention their infamous wine tastings or their twice-weekly emails that will either confuse the living hell out of you or make you laugh harder than Mitch Hedberg.
2395 Glendale Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039, United States
K&L is an incredible wine, beer, and spirits store in Hollywood. it’s a wine store run by wine aficionados. they direct import wines you’ve never heard of, just so that way you’ll hear of them! their Champagne selection is unparalleled.
1400 Vine St Hollywood, CA 90028, United States
Sushi Gen does this insane lunch deal during the week, and people line up an hour before they open to make sure they don’t get stuck in an hour long wait for a table. basically, you’re going to wait an hour no matter what. happy eating
422 E 2nd St Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
Sushi Ike is in its second incarnation. do the omakase and you’re sure to walk out fulfilled, bewildered, surprised, and amazed. lots of things that are hard for me to pronounce, and tasty as all get out.
It all started over a bottle of wine. Fitting.
“Do you have L’Amourier?”
Who does this guy think he is?! That’s my favorite wine.
“Yes we do, follow me please.”
No one knows about this wine! How does he know about it?!
“How do you even know about this wine?”
“We used to have it at the restaurant I work for but not in a long time. It’s my favorite.”
This guy knows his stuff.
“Where do you work?”
That was the first real exchange between Dustin Lancaster and Matthew Kaner.
Wine is sacred in Santa Barbara, where Matthew grew up. A new rockstar region in the wine world was being exposed while Matthew pursued his first love of music as a career. Funny thing is, all he ever wanted was to be able to afford a nice bottle of wine. A college roommate of Matthew’s at the University of California at Santa Barbara came from a family that coveted wine, collected wine, sought the world over for the finest wine and food pairings. Grand Cru Burgundy, Grower Champagnes, aged German Rieslings, Madeira from the late 19th Century. This was Matthew’s introduction.
After leaving a restaurant manager position at his high school job, Matthew decided to test the waters in the wine industry. The Wine Cask was hiring for a sales position in the wine store, an interview was conducted, and days later Matthew began working in a job that changed the course of his life. Leaving Santa Barbara had always been on his mind, and the leap from comfort to unknown became harder and harder to avoid. It was time to move to Los Angeles.
Upon arriving in Los Angeles in August of 2006, Matthew was working as a tour manager and also doing some of his own touring under Matthew Kaner & the Coalition. The house that brought Matthew to Silverlake was rented by a screen writer who was traveling to Europe for three months to teach a screen writing class, left on his desk was a postcard for Silverlake Wine. Matthew put the address into Google Maps and realized it was less than a half mile away. An invite to the Cinespia Cemetary Screenings left Matthew with the need for a bottle of wine and an opportunity to check out Silverlake Wine, this proved to be a serendipitous occasion. Looking at every bottle in the store, Matthew recognized a lot but also realized he didn’t know many of the wines at the shop. This place was special. A week later Matthew emailed along with a resume to ask if Silverlake Wine would need any help, as he had time in between tours to work. He was offered a three day a week position. It turned into a full-time job. It turned into a salaried position. It turned into his life. Three and a half years later, Dustin was opening a new wine bar in Los Feliz and he asked Matthew to join him at Covell as manager/wine director. The answer was certainly yes. It all started over a bottle of wine.