Thursday, March 10, 2011
Have you been to 55 Degree wine shop in Atwater Village? Nice place, lots of wine, blahblahblah. But did you know that if you step towards the cash register, there's a stairway that goes way down to a cellar that is a secret wine bar? It's a treasure.
It's a pretty special space. Much larger than the store itself, it's cavernous, and yet with its dim light, it's intimate. It's a place for telling secrets. Order a drink from the lovely person behind the counter -- in our cases, it was a flight of cavas, whose Spanish names the British barmaid lovingly pronounced with an Italian accent. Maybe pick up a bite to eat from the food truck outside, or just grab a handful of almonds from the counter. A few sips in, you'll find yourself sharing things you'd squeezed super-tight not to let out. Your non-judgmentalness muscle will be challenged as your companion starts sharing taboo secret things of her own. As you dip into the glass of mineraly Santa Barbara Giallo that you probably didn't need after the generous flight of bubbly, you'll find that that muscle is stronger than you'd even imagine. And so are you. Which, maybe, is a fact worth sharing.
55 Degree is at 3111 Glendale Blvd., just north of Glenfeliz.