going upstairs

For over 30 years, The Wine House in West LA  has been the go-to place for all things wine – vintage, domestic, imports, accessories, and tastings.  More chic than Bev Mo (think of the difference between Safeway and Whole Foods), I remember going there way back when, perusing the French white aisles, moving along to the Italian reds, trying to put on the airs of a knowledgeable connoisseur at the tender age of 21.  Five years ago, The Wine House smartly expanded to include a charming restaurant, adjacent to their rooftop parking lot called Upstairs 2.

We braved the rains to get there, and after our requisite purchases downstairs at The Wine House, we settled into our corner table (the best seat in the crowded house) upstairs for an epic three-hour tapas-style dinner with Gino (our waiter) suggested wine pairings.


Kir Royale

Parigot Cremant de Bourgogne Rose

St. Andre de Figuiere Rose


Medjool dates wrapped in pancetta

Sage & lime scented almonds and mixed olives

Wines with dinner:

Luli Chardonnay

Grand Tinel Chateauneuf du Pape


Roasted brussel sprout salad with pecans, frisee, shallot dijon dressing

Seared diver scallops with wilted spinach roasted garlic tomato concasse

Lobster BLT with bacon, frisee, roma tomato, housemade mayo

Oven roasted cauliflower with red grapes, broken olive mignonette

Grilled elk tenderloin with sauteed spinach, roasted fennel, sherry glaze

Grilled bison hangar steak with yukon smashed potatoes


Rosenhof Welschriesling

Warre’s Otima 10 year old Tawny Port


Lavendar creme brulee

Sticky toffee rice pudding with vanilla ice cream

The total bill came to just over $200, a bargain for three people.  Every dish we had was fabulous, and the wines were perfect with the dishes served.  The room was lively, though a bit tight.  All in all, Upstairs 2 deserves future visits.  Breaking bread with two handsome men, sharing tapas, wine and stories, it was a perfect evening.

One Comment on “going upstairs”

  1. skeeterworks March 24, 2011 at 14:18 #

    This sounds great. I plan to get there before the next deluge.

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