Dave Gibbs—a musician and lifelong wine collector—turned Sherman Oaks into a destination for Los Angeles wine lovers when he opened Augustine Wine Bar in 2015. Though the by-the-glass list is compelling—with selections like a dry, white Pinot Noir by Gutzler in Germany and a Moroccan red blend from Ouled Thaleb—regulars know to check out the chalkboard above the bar. Each night, Gibbs offers six to eight vintage wines by the glass, many from his own collection of 4,000 bottles.
Selections lean French and Californian, with prize pours such as a 1978 Raymond Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ($35) and 1983 Josephshöfer Riesling Auslese ($20). Don’t overlook the menu; Augustine’s new chef, Simon Tan, cooked at Gramercy Tavern in New York City and State Bird Provisions in San Francisco. Here, he creates nuanced dishes with an affinity for wine, including a 14-day dry-aged strip steak from Flannery Beef, seared and served with crisp, smashed fingerling potatoes and pickled cipollini onions.