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BottleRock Wine Bar & Cafe Review

More than 800 wines from California and around the world are featured.
Carefully chosen by the owners and staff members with an emphasis on
small production, high quality wines at varying price points.

BottleRock stretches the traditional wine bar and retail store boundaries by
offering guests an exciting new concept for tasting great food and wines.

BottleRock is now my favorite place to go. Located in Culver City, this is a super relaxed beer and wine bar, on the beer front, expect about 40 ever-changing
bottles. Some standouts: Deus from Belgium crafted in the French style, it appropriately arrives in a champagne sized bottle and offers up tight,
small bubbles and the organic Germanic Pinkus Pilsner.

Bottle Rock likes to support locals, meaning it's one of the few places to find the fine product of the Craftsman brewery (Three Dudes in Pasadena) on tap. The Rock
also serves some tapas such as roasted almonds and truffle grilled cheese and
caprese with farmer's market heirloom tomatoes and burrata cheese.

Malheur Brut Reserve Beer                           Chateau Milon 2005    

Bottle Rock has replaced Ford's as my Culver City choice of cocktail hour/ bar scene. Better wines for less, and more generous portions of cheese and meat. 14 cheeses
to choose from (3 for $12, 5 for $15, 7 for $20 or 10 for $25), we choose a triplecreme (of course), a smooth and soft sheep's milk cheese from Holland,
and a nice runny Epoisses, a cows milk cheese from Burgundy. Paired with
2 kinds of toast points, quince paste, almost a meal within itself. 

Caprese Salad

A nice Viognier, a wonderfully minerally French Rose and a pleasantly surprising, un-California tasting, California Chardonnay. The reds were easy going, from a barnyardy Pinot Noir from Sonoma to a deep dark Australian Shiraz. I like his taste. They offered 7 wines for a mere $5 a glass, 8 for $10, and 4 for $12, and one for $14
(The Prisoner, 2004, Napa). Their wine and food menu changes frequently, it
already changed twice in their first two days. Aside from the cheese and salami,
they offered Marcona almonds ( a small remekin for $5), and marinated
anchovies. They will make a panini sandwich with any of the cheese,
including a black truffle cheese (which I will be ordering next time).

We started with a selection of small plates, that were truly excellent!

  Panini Sandwich                                           Tuscan Shrimp   

Baked Brie

The Caprese Salad was fresh and good, a nice way to start. We also wanted
to try the Baked Brie with fig paste, fine herbs, pecan, and toast.
Deliciously prepared a great way to enjoy your wine!

Mushroom Polenta

The Mushroom Polenta was a great small plate, the polenta was prepared with
fresh herbs & parmesan cheese topped with sautéed wild mushrooms.

Beef Tenderloin

The Beef Tenderloin was seared "All Natural Angus Beef" tenderloin,
caramelized onion, on a bacon cognac reduction, and the Tuscan
Shrimp was delicious; roasted with sage garlic butter.

Charcuterie Plate

We also tried their Charcuterie plate, which had a great selection of
Prosciutto, Duck Breast, Soppressata and Duck Pate.

Chocolate Plate

Fruit Tart

As far as dessert, we got surprised by the talented Chef, and tasted
their amazing Chocolate plate and the Fruit Tart. All superb!

Great Port Wines                                   Our Fantastic Server

I must say that Bottle Rock is truly a great place
to go and to enjoy with your friends!

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Article by: Mary Adams
Photos by: Chris Marx

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