Nothing Ventura, Nothing Gained

A Euro Wine Bar with a Covell Legacy on Ventura

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There are obvious things you look for in respectable wine bars.

Tinkling pianos. Beef cheek sandwiches. Some sort of Covell connection.


Just like Augustine, a glowing new old-world wine-and-beer bar that’s opening tomorrow in Sherman Oaks. (See the slideshow.)

You’ll convene at this beautiful, slate-blue bar—there’s antique radios everywhere, old journals and a general postwar Parisian feel, like where your GI grandfather might’ve met that French girl. It’s from the Covell guys and Gigolo Aunts’ lead singer. And it’s all very Covellesque... Covellian... Co... yeah.

Sit at the substantial white marble bar in the room’s middle. Look to the chalkboard on your right. Rub your eyes. Yes, that is still 1959 Chateau Mouton Rothschild and ’64 Romanée-Conti available by the glass. Properly known as “the good stuff.”

When a couple glasses inevitably lead to your need for tater tots, you’ll get them from a Marea vet, maybe with one of those sandwiches or charcuterie. You’ll realize it’s the kind of sophisticated place where you can finally bring key Valley people from those big Valley houses in the Valley hills.

Whose wine cellars lack tater tots.


13456 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423


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