Lou Wine Shop
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Lou Wine in Los Feliz specializes in “unusual wines,” and a quick look at their website makes that abundantly clear - you’ll find options like medieval grape varieties, traditional Basque whites, and German wines aged in clay pots. The wine is sorted rather simply - i.e. Crisp Whites, Big Reds, Orange & Weird - but owner Lou Amdur is just as likely to answer your question about a bottle with a reference to Kant as he is to actually tell you about your wine. And somehow, it’s still one of the least-stuffy wine shops in town - a large proportion of bottles hover in the $15-$30 range. Available for curbside pick-up via their website, or by calling (323) 305-7004.
If you don’t live in Los Feliz (or aren’t really into wine), then you probably haven’t heard of Lou Wine Shop. But once you order from them, you’ll know you’ve been missing out. This strip-mall spot specializes in “natural and unusual wines,” including a bunch of lesser-known, biodynamic Eastern European options. If you call, you’ll probably talk to Lou himself, and he can recommend a bottle for whatever reason you’re buying wine. Order on their website, or pick-up in-store.