Charcuterie Sherman Oaks

Buvette Teams Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie in Tiny Sherman Oaks Bar

The owners of Tipsy Cow opened an adjacent wine bar called Buvette that features 35 wines by the glass or bottle, plus charcuterie and cheese boards.

With openings like the wine bars Augustine and Mirabelle and more recently the shop Vines to Wines, wine lovers now have more choices than ever before here in the Valley. Now comes another choice: The founders of Tipsy Cow and several other Valley restaurants recently opened a tiny new wine bar called Buvette in Sherman Oaks..

Thirty-five wines are available by the glass or bottle. Proprietor Fran DeAngelo said his goal was to “touch on some fun regions and obviously California. Moving forward, we’ll switch things out as we move through it.”

My initial visit started with a pour of 2013 Pasqua 11 Minutes, a still-vibrant rosé from Italy that receives light skin contact for exactly 11 minutes. Fran next turned to a bottle of 2016 Tornatore Etna Rosso, a light Italian red blend from Italy’s Mount Etna region that pairs particularly well with charcuterie.

Buvette sells wine-friendly snacks, highlighted by mix-and-match charcuterie and cheese boards that come with Marcona almonds, fig jam and marinated olives. Boards cost 1 for $6, 3 for $16 and 6 for $30.

I entrusted a server named Jessica with filling my slate disc, which touted sweet three-month Olli coppa from California; firm slices of saucisson sec from France; and Alto Adige speck, a smoked prosciutto from Italy. Firm sheep’s milk Manchego from Spain, aged for three months until nice and sharp, joined semi-soft cow’s milk Camembert from California and tangy, semi-firm goat’s milk Bermuda Triangle from California.

Fran closed the show with 2012 Clos de Trias from a married couple in southern Rhone. He’s from California, she’s from Champagne, and Fran swears both influences are evident in the 2012 blend from Ventoux Rouge.

A small bar joins a row of intimate booths along the west wall. Buvette takes over a room that used to house Tipsy Cow’s wine. The restaurant has more of a beer focus, so Buvette’s bottles are much more likely to move.

15005 W. Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-351-6982

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