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Drinking It In

Southern California has some of the most wine-friendly restaurants in the country. Here are our favorites for sophistication, selection and service.

December 03, 2008|S. Irene Virbila | RESTAURANT CRITIC

While everybody in L.A. may not be working on their Master of Wine or Master Sommelier, restaurants like these encourage discerning guests to get serious about wine in the best possible way. This is one subject where homework, so to speak, is always a pleasure.

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irene.virbila@latimes.com

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Wine list: The best of the best

AOC

8022 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles,(323) 653-6359, www.aocwinebar.com. Dishes, $9 to $20.

Bar Pintxo

109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 458-2012, www.barpintxo.com. Tapas, $3 to $12.

brix@1601

1601 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, (310) 698-0740, www.brix1601.com. Entrees, $12 to $49.

Campanile

624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 938-1447, www.campanilerestaurant.com. Friday Night Flights, three wines with three matching dishes, $38; entrees, $21 to $52.

Lou on Vine

724 Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 962-6369, www.louonvine.com. Dishes, $6 to $19.

Palate Food & Wine

933 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818) 662-9463, www.palatefoodwine.com. Dishes, $6 to $19.

Pizzeria Mozza

641 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 297-0101, www.mozza-la.com. Pizzas, $10 to $22.

Vin Bar and Valentino

3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 829-4313, www.pieroselvaggio.com. Vin Bar dishes, three-course menu (with choices), $35; entrees from regular menu, $28 to $50.

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