Saturday, August 26, 2006
Bottle Rock, Culver City
Bottle Rock Wine Bar in downtown Culver City just opened this week. Part wine bar, part retail shop, they offer many wines by the glass ($5-14), any of which may be selected as part of a flight (3 for $12). I can tell you right now, Bottle Rock has replaced Ford's as my Culver City choice of cocktail hour/ bar scene. Better wines for less, and more generous portions of cheese and meat (including an excellent handmade salami by Paul Berlotti). 14 cheeses to choose from (3 for $12, 5 for $15, 7 for $20 or 10 for $25), we choose a triplecreme (of course), from Cowgirl Creamery, a smooth and soft sheep's milk cheese from Holland, and a nice runny Epoisses, a cows milk cheese from Burgundy. Paired with 2 kinds of toast points, quince paste and Mostarda, almost a meal within itself.
After our complementary glass of La Tordrea Prosecco (my first brush of blogging celebrity: free stuff and great treatment - although I wasn't the only one treated well), we ordered a flight of 6 wines, and let the owner, Adam, choose for us. A nice Viognier, a wonderfully minerally French Rose and a pleasantly surprising, un-California tasting, California Chardonnay. The reds were easy going, from a barnyardy Pinot Noir from Sonoma to a deep dark Australian Shiraz. I like his taste. They offered 7 wines for a mere $5 a glass, 8 for $10, and 4 for $12, and one for $14 (The Prisoner, 2004, Napa). Their wine and food menu changes frequently, it already changed twice in their first two days. Aside from the cheese and salami, they offered Marcona almonds ( a small remekin for $5), marinated anchovies, and pan au tomate. They will make a panini sandwich with any of the cheese, including a black truffle cheese (which I will be ordering next time). Chef Jason Travi, formerly of La Terza, is guiding the kitchen during these early days in business.
Hurry up and make it over there before all the blurbs and profiles start appearing in the newspapers and magazines. I have said it before (re: Wilson, Ford's and Tender Greens), and I will say it again. Bottle Rock is another well needed addition to the Culver City food scene and nightlife.
3847 Main Street
Culver City, CA 90232