Food & Drink

Where to Buy Natural Wine in Los Angeles

Because it’s always wine ‘o’ clock in a pandemic.

botanica wine selection
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Natural wines may be the latest trend in the wine world, but it is in fact a very traditional method of winemaking. Some may first associate the term with funkier (yet delicious) orange wines, but natural wines simply refer to those that are made without any additives or preservatives (some natural winemakers may add a very small amount of sulfites to stabilize the wines)—and most importantly, this method makes for wonderful wines. Typically made by small producers and sporting labels that don’t always indicate them as natural wines, these can be difficult to track down for those new to the category. Head to the wine bars we’ve listed below, though, and you’re sure to discover new natural wines to add to your roster.

Tilda
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Tilda

Echo Park

This all-natural wine bar opened in early 2020 and swiftly became indoctrinated in the Echo Park neighborhood. Opened by local Echo Park residents, the intimate space is envisioned as an informal gathering place for wine lovers with a friendly staff ready to answer your questions. Tilda focuses on natural wines from California but carries wines from all around the globe with a menu of small plates to accompany them. They’re currently open for contactless pickup and delivery, but when outdoor dining is open again, be sure to check out their cute “wine window” modeled after the 17th century “buchette del vino” in Florence.
How to order: Order pickup via Toast Tab; order delivery via Caviar.

Melody
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Melody

Virgil Village

Melody’s spacious patio is one of the best spots to enjoy wine under the Los Angeles sun. The converted bungalow has a relaxed atmosphere, the rotating wine list consists of only natural wines, and there are always a few skin-contact wines on the menu. The menu descriptor under each wine is an excellent starting point for learning more about each producer and natural wines in general. The kitchen supports local chefs by hosting a rotating pop-up that gives regulars options like smash burgers, crispy flatbread pizzas, and tacos wedged in blistered blue-corn tortillas. While in-person dining is currently closed, the list of wines to-go has expanded even more, including an impressive collection of orange wines. 
How to order: Order pickup via Toast Tab.

Bar Bandini
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Bar Bandini

Silver Lake

Dark and sleek, Bar Bandini used to be the perfect wine bar to end date nights in Silver Lake. While you can’t currently stumble in with your latest Hinge match on your arm, you can still order pickup and toast at home or via your preferred video platform. The wine list is small but intentional and rotates frequently, including a few wines on draft (which are now available to-go in reusable growlers). There are always fun options on the wines-by-the-glass list which tend to include a couple of pet-nat (petillant naturel) wines. Once their patio reopens, look forward to  a relaxing place to savor your wines or chat with the friendly staff who are always happy to pour you a taste before you commit to a full glass. 
How to order: Order pickup via Toast Tab.

Severance
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Severance

Melrose

Evan Charest started this wine bar with his severance pay from a corporate job, thus the name Severance Wine Bar was born. With an extensive list of wine flights and wine-by-the-glass that focuses on smaller producers, there are plenty of natural and biodynamic wines to try here and they are clearly marked as such on the menu. Pair the wine flights with a cheese or chocolate fondue. While the indoor and dining rooms are closed, there are virtual tasting kits available to-go, including a natural wine tasting kit. There are also live virtual tasting events that happen periodically, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the calendar
How to order: Order pickup via Tock; order delivery via Caviar.

Tabula Rasa
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Tabula Rasa

Los Feliz

Intent on making natural wines more approachable, Tabula Rasa brings in wines at a remarkable value to Thai Town accompanied by a menu of snacks and an unmissable Cuban sandwich. While the kitchen is shuttered while patio dining is closed, wines are still available to-go and Tabula Rasa even has a special section for wines under $22 a bottle. Discover new wines at even more of a discount with their curated wine bundles. Need more reason to check out Tabula Rasa? They highlight female winemakers where they can and 5% of all sales on Tuesdays go to a nonprofit that they select monthly. 
How to order: Order pickup online via their website.

Mignon Wine & Cheese Bar

DTLA

This cozy spot is a tiny piece of France in the middle of Downtown LA with a wine selection to match. The wine list is small, but changes frequently and tends to highlight Old World small, from France to Georgia. Since Mignon is opened by the same team behind Papilles Bistro, don’t snooze on the food while you sip, especially if you’re in the mood for some rustic French cuisine. They were known for their happy hours, but while in-person dining is closed, you can purchase wines by the bottle to-go for 40% off.  
How to order: Purchase wines to-go in person.

Lolo
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Lolo

Little Armenia

The charming, leafy patio sits on the part of Sunset Boulevard where you might expect to find a natural wine bar, yet this place is worth seeking out. To match the bistro vibe of the bar, the wine list skews slightly heavily on French wines with some nods to California and other parts of Europe. The short and witty descriptions make it easier to pick out the wines you want, and there are fun packs available if you prefer to leave the choice in the hands of the professionals. Plus, if you live in the neighborhood, they offer free delivery.
How to order: Order pickup and delivery through their website. Free delivery offered to Los Feliz, Beachwood, and within five miles.

Fellow Traveler Wine Bar
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Fellow Traveler Wine Bar

West Hollywood

The latest addition to LA’s natural wine scene, Fellow Traveler opened in the middle of the pandemic. With a name like Fellow Traveler, you can expect wines sourced from all over the globe, from Croatia to South Africa. Opened by the sommelier of the recently-shuttered Auburn, Rick Arline, this WeHo wine bar shows his love for minimal intervention wines. In addition to the small plates menu, Fellow Traveler also hosts pop-up collaborations, such as their current Tiger Ramen pop-up.
How to order: Order pickup and delivery via DoorDash, or grab wines to-go in person.

Botanica
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Botanica

Silver Lake

Botanica is everything you imagine Silver Lake to be with its pastel-toned dining room, bright market, colorful food, and a wine list to match. You’ll find natural wines from the usual suspects such as France and California but also from unexpected regions like Canary Islands or Tecate, Mexico. Ready for a deeper dive into the world of natural wines? Join their wine club or grab a copy of the natural wine magazine, Glou Glou, at the market. Unfortunately, the small-staffed market has decided to temporarily close until January 13, 2021, while they ensure that all staff have tested negative for coronavirus. 
How to order: Order pickup via Toast Tab; order delivery via Caviar.

Bar Covell
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Bar Covell

Little Armenia

Bar Covell has always been known for their supply of 150 wines by the glass and the no-list approach, instead they’re happy to recommend a wine based on your preferences. This approach has introduced many Angelenos to new favorite wines they may not have ordered, including natural wines. The bar doesn’t only carry natural wines—for Wine Director Matthew Kaner, it’s all about enjoying good wines—but since naturally produced wines make good wines, you’ll always find some here.
How to order: Order pickup and delivery through their website. Free local delivery within three miles with a $50 purchase.

Psychic Wines

Echo Park

This Silver Lake wine shop not only specializes in natural, low-intervention wines, but has an expansive selection that may surprise even the worldliest wine connoisseurs. Psychic sources wines from small—very small—vineyards that are difficult to find in most stores. There is no bar for in-store tasting but the staff is happy to recommend wines and explain the story behind each wine (over the phone while in-store shopping is suspended). 
How to order: Order curbside pickup through their website.

Lou Wine Shop & Tastings

Los Feliz

Lou Amdur was one of the pioneers of the natural wine scene in Los Angeles, and his wine shop for “natural and unusual wines” is a local favorite for many reasons. The shop is always well-stocked with a selection that runs the gamut from well-known to more obscure producers. Before the pandemic, Lou held wine tastings throughout the week, so be sure to check future calendar listings. No customer is currently allowed in the store, but they’re happy to help you make your selection over the phone or via email. 
How to order: Order curbside pickup through their website.

Domaine LA

Hollywood

This woman-owned wine shop has been Hollywood’s favorite neighborhood wine shop since opening in 2009. The shop specializes in offering up low-intervention wines, although they don’t draw absolute lines around the category. Still, those looking for specifically natural or biodynamic wines can easily filter according to labels on the website. Before the pandemic, Domaine LA hosted wine tastings on Sundays. 
How to order: Order pickup through their website. Order delivery through Postmates.

Helen's Wines

Mid-City & Brentwood

Helen Johannesen’s two tiny wine shops are located inside Jon and Vinny’s in Fairfax and Brentwood, where she also acts as beverage director. While the retail space is as small as a walk-in closet, Helen’s Wines has quite the ever-changing selection of natural wines. Any bottle listed on Jon and Vinny’s wine list can also be purchased retail and when in-person dining is allowed, customers are welcome to join wine tastings inside the store. 
How to order: Order pickup or nationwide shipping through their website. Order delivery through DoorDash.

Vinovore

Silver Lake

Even among the boutique wine shops, Vinovore offers something special. Vinovore not only specializes in natural and biodynamic wines, but they also focus specifically on women winemakers. The shop likes to keep things fun with zodiac-style wine personality charts to match you with the different wines they carry. In addition to offering their wines for pickup and delivery, Vinovore can also ship wines to select states and hold virtual wine classes cheekily named WINEsplaining
How to order: Order curbside pickup, delivery, or shipping through their website.

Vin On Rose

Venice

Thanks to Vin on Rose, Westsiders don’t need to travel far to get their natural wines. This charming boutique shop carries natural wines and craft beers along with market goods (you need cheese and chocolate to go with those wines). Vin on Rose sources from around the globe, with a stronger emphasis on Old World wines, and has a pretty big selection of orange wines.
How to order: Order pickup through their website.