Vintage Enoteca is an avante garde neighborhood wine bar, offering a wine list of unique varietals from small producers, craft beer and a seasonal menu of Italian-inspired small plates.
"...On a nice evening — in other words, about 320 nights a year in this part of the world — I prefer the front porch, with its view over goings-on on Sunset Boulevard and, if it’s still light, those on the very near horizon. There is a counter right on the sidewalk, giving you the best view, though you might be better off settling into one of the comfortable couches just off the street. The food is designed to complement the wine: deviled eggs topped with caviar; an assortment of bruschetta topped, the night we were there, with blue crab, hummus and chicken liver; and a sparkling and citrus Niçoise salad made with salmon instead of tuna. Vintage Enoteca is the kind of place you can relax into for a glass (or two) of wine and a snack, or just park yourself for the night."
Danielle Francois and Jennifer Moore, owners of Vintage Enoteca, also keep an eye on the bottom line. “Good white Burgundy can often be difficult to find at a reasonable price; that's why we enjoy boutique producer Jean-Marc Brocard's line of organic and biodynamic Chablis' for their overall rich and complex character with balanced notes of citrus, minerals, stone and saline,” the duo makes clear. “It’s indicative of the region while embracing the dichotomy of multi-dimensionality and accessibility. Yummers!”
5 WINE AND FOOD PAIRINGS FROM VINTAGE ENOTECA SOMMELIER DANIELLE FRANCOIS. It's rare that a small wine bar has an onsite sommelier. It's even rarer that a restaurant has a female sommelier. Vintage Enoteca has both in Danielle Francois who, along with Jennifer Moore, owns the Hollywood wine bar. Their philosophy is simple: Wines should be accessible, affordable and, most important, people should like what they drink. The two ex-New York City advertising execs gravitate toward boutique productions and family-owned estates, which produce indigenous varietals, in Europe, California and the Pacific Northwest.
BEST WINE BARS. "Italian-inspired tapas, flatbread pizzas, cheeses, and salumi plates are some of the bites you can savor at this little gem. Wines are sourced from boutique producers in Europe, California, and the Pacific Northwest and are varietals you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Here, they encourage folks to try new things and make their clientele realize that wine should be fun and exploratory. On weekends, you can pop in for brunch and sample their popular bottomless blackberry sangria."