There’s a new kid, er, wine shop in Venice. It’s got a huge one up on the competition though. There’s a kitchen attached to this one!  

Make your way over to Rose Avenue and look for the spot where people are sitting out on a communal patio, and you’ve found Venice Beach Wines. The establishment has an unassuming feel not often found amongst wine bars and the like.

In fact, owner Oscar Hermosillo made it a point to stay true to the heart of the casual beach community. The welcoming manager, John Jenkins, will take the time to sit with you and go over wine pairings with the ambitious menu.

The excellent Charcuterie and Cheese selections include Smoked Speck ($5.50) to Mortadella ($4.50) and cheeses not easily found this side of Italy – double creamed Robiola and Spain’s Tetilla ($4.50). The latter was paired with a white wine, Dom. Lafourcade Savennières that balanced the floral undertones with a low tannic finish. Both meats and cheeses come with fresh cut crostini, fruit and vegetable compotes and toasted almonds.

For heartier fare, Venice Beach Wines offers pressed sandwiches like the standout spiced Lambwich ($12), a thinly sliced hearty creation with caramelized onions and manchego cheese. I almost forgot the accompanying salad because I was too busy sipping the fabulous pairing of Argentina’s Zolo Bonarda ($12), but the salad proved to be palate cleansing and graceful in rounding out the meal.

Not to be left out is the eatery’s beer list. Hard to find brews like the 17-oz. Reutberger ($8) and La Chouffe ($7) are all the rage here.

All in all, it will probably take about two visits to get the hang of pairing your foods with their impressive wine list, but you can always attend a tasting. Prices for bottles range from $10 and up.

For more information, call (310) 606-2529 or visit