Besides Kogi which I mentioned already, the other pick from Carolyn Lyons in the Los Angeles dining scene that got my attention is Bottle Rock in Culver City which describes itself as a combination wine shop, wine bar and small plates eatery (cheese, charcuterie, baby lamb chops...), thanks god they did not say tapas.
The thing that distinguishes Bottle Rock is that as long as you order at least 2 glasses, they will pop open any bottle on the wine list.
It makes sense since with 2 glasses paid for, they at least cover their costs.
After scanning their Wine List (from $5 to $600 they say) it seems fairly priced and varied as far as varietals and countries of origin go.
Management consultants might enjoy the Six Sigma Sauvignon Blanc ($34 bottle, $11 glass).
In the Chardonnay, St. Clement Napa ($28 bottle, $9 glass) sounds good...
Going out for a special occasion, they offer some 30 Champagnes and a dozen sparkling wines.
For the non-wine drinkers, micro brews and sake are there for the taking..
Take a look at the rest...I don't want to put you to sleep.