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3Twenty wine lounge
A favorite Napa Valley wine; the self-serve Enomatic wine vendor

We like learning about new wines but don't have a lot of time to pore through lots of wine-snob verbiage in magazines or online. Instead, we count on trusted friends' recommendations. That's why the proprietor of recently opened wine bar 3Twenty is our new bestie.

At 3Twenty, self-proclaimed wine geek and former wine distributor Edgar Poureshagh thoughtfully recommends from among 192 wines, all sourced from family-run and sustainable vineyards. We like to stop in for lunch or dinner at his 56-seat restaurant and, over small plates of potato gnocchi with bacon and sugar snap peas or roasted artichoke with smoked trout cream cheese spread, taste a wine or two.

Or three or four: It's easy, since 3Twenty offers 48 selections by the glass, vended from one of two Enomatic machines that keep wine fresh for up to a month; tastings go for as little as $1.67 for a 50ml pour. We like the way we can discreetly serve ourselves using a computerized key card. That way, we can read Edgar's incisive and entertaining tasting notes and help ourselves to whatever we like.

Finally, a way to look at our glass as always half full.

3Twenty Wine Lounge, 320 S. La Brea; 323-932-9500 or

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