Upstairs Bar at The Ace Hotel
On top of the Ace Hotel, overlooking the famed “Jesus Saves” sign, you can sip the 2013 Saved rosé from Oakville while observing model-like urbanites parade about in swimsuits. Made with grenache, the pink wine has touches of tangerine and green apple.
Where: 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90015
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
More info: 213-623-3233; acehotel.com
The Strand House
A vessel of Claypool Cellars' Pachyderm Sonoma Coast rosé, beachy sounds of breaking waves and executive chef Greg Hozinsky’s California cuisine all make for a sublime summer evening. The wine's hints of minerals, lemon and peaches pair perfectly with the artichoke pizza’s cream leek base or the roasted Jidori chicken.
Where: 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach 90266
When: See restaurant and bar hours.
More info: 800-952-4507; thestrandhousemb.com
Breaking a sweat shopping (or window-shopping) on Rodeo Drive offers an excuse to enjoy some refreshments on the patio of Thomas Keller’s Tinseltown outpost. Until September 21, a different rosé is served each day of the week from both domestic and international producers. Bouchon is serious about this "summer of rosé" thing.
Where: 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills 90210
When: Mon., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-9 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.
More info: 310-271-9910; thomaskeller.com
An evening promenade along Third Street or Robertson will inevitably bring you to one of L.A.'s most celebrated restaurants and wine bars, A.O.C., with its Euro-style walled outdoor garden. Wine director Caroline Styne has selected 10 rosés by the glass, complete with a few sparkling options.
Where: 8700 W. Third St., Los Angeles 90048
When: Mon., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
More info: 310-859-9859; aocwinebar.com
The Living Room, Peninsula Hotel
Any day of the week oenophiles can recline in overstuffed chairs and couches for afternoon tea, a daily tradition at the Peninsula. Couple savory scones and caviar with the floral and wildberry bubbly essence of a French brut rosé champagne. It’s an epicurean indulgence at $39 a glass, not including the cost of sandwiches and pastries. It is, however, a hell of a lot cheaper than a flight to Paris.
Where: 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills 90212
When: Afternoon tea, daily, noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
More info: 310-975-2736; beverlyhills.peninsula.com
Hotel Irvine's Movie Nights in the Backyard
Behind the Orange Curtain, visitors sit underneath the stars on a clean stretch of Astroturf and watch movies on a 16-foot screen. Preorder a picnic from the property’s well-stocked Marketplace or grab BBQ and snacks at the concession stand. General admission is just $5, but instead of a throng of humanity jostling for space, it’s a laid-back outdoor event. Partner the eats with the wildflower and berry notes of Le Charmel Rosé Côtes de Provence 2015.
Where: 17900 Jamboree Rd. (off the 405 at Jamboree), Irvine 92614
When: Jul. 22, Jul. 29, Aug. 19 & Aug. 26
More info: 866-396-4201; hotelirvine.com
Along one of the busy asphalt ribbons of the west side is the intimate Fundamental LA. Wine director Alicia Kemper couples a bubbling cabernet franc with the vegetable-forward California cuisine; of the Dominque Joseph Loire Valley cab franc, Kemper says it's "made from a cab franc that doesn’t have overwhelming cab franc flavors. It is more juicy, fruity and fun, perfect for the summer." Wise words.
Where: 1303 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles 90024
When: Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 6 p.m.-close; Sat., 6 p.m.-close
More info: 310-444-7581; fundamental-la.com
Augustine Wine Bar
The Valley's temps are about 10 degrees higher than coastal L.A.'s — so the team that brought you Los Feliz’s Bar Covell decided to help the thirsty patrons in Sherman Oaks. At Augustine, a wine bar coated in swashbuckling blue paint, belly up to the bar for a rosé blend of Sangiovese and Prugnolo grapes from Tuscany’s La Spinetta. It's a tasty mingle of Italian berries and flowers.
Where: 13456 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks 91423
When: Mon. & Sun., 5-10 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 5-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.-midnight
More info: 818-990-0938; augustinewinebar.com