Where to drink
Bar Pintxo: Joe Miller’s tribute to Spain’s little dishes serves about 15 sherries by the glass. Wine buyer Chris Keller’s favorites? Fino and Pedro Ximénez from the small producer El Maestro Sierra, and Gutierrez Colosia’s “Sangre y Trabajadero” Oloroso. They do sherry flights during happy hour too.
109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 458-2012, www.barpintxo.com. Sherries by the glass, $5 to $13.
Fifty Seven: Wine director Michael Nemcik has a soft spot for sherry. “It begins everything,” he likes to say. He’s put half a dozen sherries on his list right up front, including three from Alexander Jules.
712 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 816-8157, www.fiftysevenla.com. Sherries by the glass, $10 to $15, by the 2½ ounce taste, $5 to $6; flight of three, $12 to $15.
Rivera: John Rivera Sedlar’s Latin restaurant offers 19 sherries by the glass. Bar manager Andrei Kissin says he particularly enjoys the Alexander Jules selections, which he characterizes as expansive and complex, yet balanced by a wonderful brightness. The bar offers bespoke sherry flights as well — and four cocktails featuring sherry.
1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 749-1460, riverarestaurant.com. Sherries by the glass, $8 to $40.
Scopa Italian Roots: The bar at this restaurant has not only a surprisingly good selection of tequila and mezcal but also a nice collection of a dozen sherries, including a half dozen from Equipo Navazos and the Fino en Rama 2008 Montilla Moriles Alvear.
2905 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, (310) 821-1100, www.scopaitalianroots.com. Sherries by the glass, $14 to $70.
Smoke.Oil.Salt: This Spanish restaurant with chef Perfecto Rocher at the helm has a great Spanish wine list put together by Hollywood wine geek Stephen Gelber. A fan of sherry, he’s got 80 bottles of sherry in house and rotates selections. Two of his favorites? Alexander Jules Manzanilla and the Valdespino “El Candado” Pedro Ximénez.
7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 930-7900, www.smokeoilsalt.com. Sherries by the glass, $11 to $20. Sherry flights, $16 to $20. Bottles up to $168.
The Bazaar by José Andrés: Sherry, of course, figures on the wine list at José Andrés’ Spanish restaurant the Bazaar. Right now the bar has a dozen sherries by the glass and offers several sherry flights. Choose “very dry and floral,” “complex and nutty,” “rich and sweet” or “flight to Jerez.”
SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 246-5555, sbe.com/restaurants/brands/thebazaar. Sherries by the glass, $10 to $16; Sherry flights, $16 to $30.
Where to buy
K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood usually has more than two dozen sherries on hand, including those from Alexander Jules and Equipo Navazos. 1400 Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 464-9463; www.klwines.com.
Wally’s Wine and Spirits in West L.A. caters to a well-heeled clientele, so in addition to high-end Champagne, Sauternes, Burgundies, Italian wines and more, the West L.A. shop stocks nearly three dozen sherries, including several from Equipo Navazos. 2107 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, www.wallywine.com.
The Wine House in West L.A. keeps an impressive stock of sherries too, nearly four dozen labels, including a few in the $200 range. 2311 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse.com.