The Mercantile Wine Bar, Hollywood, CA

It’s Sunday and Steve and I are ready to relax in the 90 degree LA weather. We looked around and decided to try The Mercantile Wine Bar in Hollywood, CA. And boy were we glad we did.

First they have a huge, free parking lot in the heart of Hollywood. That’s nearly impossible to find.

Next the place is a good size with tall ceilings and wonderful air conditioning. In fact, I needed to wear a sweater on a 90 degree day inside. They do have a great outdoor patio as well.

We decided to start with white wine since it was so hot out. I ordered a rose brut from France: Francois Montant, Doue La Fontaine, France ($10 per glass/$30 per bottle). Steve went with the 2010 Albarino, Nora, Glacalia, Spain ($8 per glass/$30 per bottle). Both were lovely. The Albarino was crisp, not too dry and a bit floral. Jane’s rose brut had a well balanced sweetness and a nice carbonation to it.

One thing we have to say is that they are amazingly generous with the number of tastings before you purchase a glass and the pours of the actual wine you order are huge. The servers are perfectly attentive, not hovering but always there when you need something.

For lunch, we chose both a cuban sandwich and a turkey sandwich. It went really well with the red wine we ordered next: for Steve, he had the 2008 Cabernet/Syrah Mas des Bressades, Vin de Pays, Du Gard, France ($12 per glass/$45 per bottle). He thought it had a wonderful inky color with a good tannic bite and a big dry finish.

I went with the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sesquipedalian, Mendecino, CA ($12 per glass/$45 per bottle). It was incredibly smooth and full-bodied. I really enjoyed it.

The dessert gelato that we picked (dolce de leche) also complemented the big reds really well.

We can’t believe this place has already been in business for three years. We have missed out but we are ready to make up the time lost!



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