Most Angelenos already know and love our city’s local winery – The San Antonio Winery – I mean it’s been around for 107 years which makes it the oldest and largest winery in LA. But there is nothing old about their brand new addition to this local gem. Say hello to the The 1917 Wine Bar and Bistro, an al-fresco dining experience named after the year the winery opened. The team from San Antonio Winery transformed their rustic & quaint outdoor patio into a wine tasting haven paired with a delicious menu to go along with your flight. There’s no bad choices here. Trust us, we just got back from experiencing this brand new concept, and keep scrolling to find out everything you need to know about The 1917 Wine Bar & Bistro.
Italian cafe in the Spring is what we’d describe as the vibe of the Bar & Bistro. Located at 737 Lamar Street in East LA, this charming patio is covered with string lights and cozy patio furniture, couches, and heaters (for the chillier months). The mood is so relaxing with soft music playing in the background and the scent of hand crafted meals coming from the kitchen. There’s also an outdoor bar serving cocktails if wine isn’t your thing, which is perfect for a happy hour, day date, or an end to a girls day moment on weekends because the bistro closes at 6 pm Friday-Sunday.
Ah, our favorite part. There are so many incredible & amazing wine options here. In case you didn’t know, San Antonio Winery owns a cult favorite – Stella Rosa – along with Riboli Family Wines, Maddalena Wines, San Simeon, and Highlands 41.
Their entire wine selection can be purchased in the gift center and brought to your table (only$15 corkage fee), or you can buy plenty of amazing wines by the glass.
Pro Tip: Ask for any of your favorite Riboli wine if it isn’t available. A big part of what makes the 1917 such a great experience are the wine tastings. These specially curated flights rotate every month, so we suggest making another trip to try them all (we won’t judge).
The menu at The 1917 Wine Bar & Bistro brings a twist to traditional Italian flavors, plus each item has a suggested wine pairing. Nothing on this menu disappoints – literally. Portions are large enough for shared plates…yup your party can taste everything there is to offer. Don’t skip the pinsa (pizza) section. They have tasty options like the Funghi Pizza, with rich mushrooms and truffle sauce, or the Speck Pizza, with smoked prosciutto, grilled radicchio, and artichoke. The Arugula Salad with a balsamic vinaigrette and candied walnuts tastes SO good alone but adds something magical when put on top of the pizza. For larger plates to share, try the Ziti Tagliati with bone marrow, mushrooms, and a veal jus – this one is so indulgent it might feel like a crime. If you’re looking for something lighter, opt for the Chilean Seabass, with a lemon thyme bleurre blanc sauce (aka a white butter sauce).
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