In my usual Monday morning readings of online magazines, blogs and everything in between, I came across a wine boutique that is local, but in location only. Larchmont Village Wine and Cheese is anything but local in its selections of wine, cheeses and even its sandwich menu. Global taste with local ingredients seems a better way to describe this family owned and operated wine boutique that has been in business since 1995. Known for their incredible selection and knowledge of wine, you can stop by and ask any question about their selection and be assured that Simon, “the sommelier of sommeliers” will probably have the answer. If you are a collector or just need a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio for dinner, they offer everything from rare vintages to local favorites and “inexpensive but great finds”. The only challenge with this wonderful wine boutique is the line up…but wait – it’s not entirely for the wine.
As I read more about this hideaway, I was mostly surprised by the national accolades for …wait for it ….their SANDWICHES! That’s right, apparently they have a small sandwich menu that has been touted in “Vanity Fair Magazine” as one of the best in the country. After a quick scan of some 400 customer reviews, I confirmed that this was no fluke, mistake or misprint. A customer favorite was the Soppressata salami sandwich, a salami with manchego cheese, prosciutto and includes a sundried tomato spread that is “out of this world” and worth the parking tickets. (Customers beware, parking can be a challenge and is monitored)
Larchmont’s Wine and Cheese also offers a wide variety of gourmet cheeses including local favorites from some of Morin County’s best cheese artisans. Cesar, the “house authority on cheese” can guide you through their selection of fine cheeses that include everything from the the “Swiss” they put on their sandwiches to a fine French brie.
It’s easy to see why this local favorite has been around and continues to grow such a fond loyalty. Simon (house sommelier) has reputation for being one of the most knowlegeable sommeliers in the county and with an amazing wine selection, great cheeses and of course, those sandwiches, it’s easy to see why customers are willing to return time and time again.
If you are in the neighborhood, stop in, peruse the wine and of course — try a sandwich!
For more information, please visit: www.larchmontvillagewine.com
Larmont Village Wine and Cheese
23 N. Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Photo #1 Credit : Tizio (Flickr)
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Reference Source: CBS Local, LA: A Guide to the best wine stores in LA