A small wine store is a lot like an art gallery, a curated selection for connoisseurs rather than a warehouse that might contain gems mixed with dubious items. In a small place, the owners can come to know both their stock and their customers and match one to the other.
From your first visit to Uncorked, you become part of a dialogue about wine, one that becomes a multi-part conversation at the tastings that are held every week with winemakers and representatives in attendance. Even when the visiting royalty isn’t there, the tasting bar is staffed with passionate enthusiasts. Uncorked is the place you go to learn as you buy, and if you wish to improve your knowledge of pairing wines at all different price levels with foods from around the world, our readers suggest you stop in for a chat and a glass.
302 Pier Ave, HB (424) 247-7117, uncorkedhermosa.com
Runner-up: Manhattan Fine Wines, 1157 Artesia Blvd, Ste A, Manhattan Beach, (310) 374-3454, www.manhattanfinewines.com