Sommelier leads the way for women at Studio City wine bar

LOS ANGELES — A Studio City wine bar and restaurant now extends to brunch.

Managing Partner and Wine Director of Vintage Wine and Eats, Rebecca Phillips loves the complexity, history, expression and, of course, taste of wine.

So, after 20 years in the restaurant business, she became a sommelier, even taking a refresher course to move up the ladder.

“But once you really start learning, where does that wine come from? That he has done? What is the weather pattern there? What has the history of this place brought to the table? said Phillips.

After leading a few restaurant groups in LA and even helping open a restaurant for someone else, she decided it was time to take her future into her own hands. According to the Court of Master Sommeliers, 28 women have obtained the title of master sommelier in the country, while 144 men have obtained the title.

Phillips wants to create a space for other women to join the craft and collaborate with them on vintage wine and eats.

“I just thought it was a lot of blood and sweat and tears, and if I have to do it, I do it for myself. I get emotional. I just decided that all this investment and hard work , I really wanted to invest in myself,” Phillips said.

With her business partners, she expanded the constantly rotating wine selection, as well as creating a new brunch service on weekends.

Someone who knew little about wine is Nick Stahl, the cook who created the brunch menu. He makes sure his specialties are spiced up, like egg and bacon and cheese on ciabatta with homemade aioli, to pair nicely with Phillips’ wine.

“I have a food palette and want to learn about wine to pair it with food,” Stahl said.

Today, his knowledge expands to take wine into account when developing new recipes like this one-of-a-kind invention: the potato bomb, which actually started out as a happy accident.

It features homemade rosemary mashed potatoes that are rolled into a ball and fried, resembling a baked potato. Then you have to wait for the explosion. It’s then topped with an egg to make a fun Sunday meal to go with some bubbles.

The wine bar and restaurant offer something for everyone and Phillips will walk you through the selections step by step.

Grab a drink from your old trusty or try something new at Vintage Wine and Eats at 12023 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604.