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Friends Of The Vine

Cool Wine Bar in the Riviera Village, Redondo Beach

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Finally, a place were we 40 somethings can go hang out and have a good time.

  • May 4, 2009
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+5

Whether you want to pop in for a celebratory glass of champagne to start your evening out with a bang or hang out coffee house style on over sized coaches with your friends while sipping a sexy Shiraz, the setting is just right.  The music and lighting only adds to the ambiance and sophistication of the place.  Proprietor and sommelier Tracy Eguchi makes it easy to find the right wine for the occasion.  I strongly suggest asking for assistance in selecting a bottle of wine and paying the modest corkage fee.  It is far too easy to get carried away trying a glass of this and a flight of that.  My only wish for this marvelously chic and ├╝ber trendy spot is that they step it up a naught on their appetizers.  They do put together thoughtful combinations of fruits and cheeses, but I would love to see a selection of chocolates to be enjoyed with a nice glass Cabernet Sauvignon.  Even though this would be the perfect place for wine classes, and it is a pitty they don't have them there, the owner is quite knowledgeable and certainly friendly enough to tutor even the most novice wine connoisseurs. 

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May 05, 2009
I haven't been to Friends of the Vine but have heard good things. Do they serve food as well?
May 11, 2009
They do a few fruit and cheese plates, but that's it, it is very limited.
 
May 05, 2009
ANOTHER GREAT PLACE TO CHECK OUT! You should check out @CuveeWineCornerBlog, he knows absoulutely everything about wine and has helped answer some questions I've had. Great review, Julie!
 
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