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Navigating the wine list at Love & Salt

Navigating the wine list at Love & Salt

To talk about the wine list at Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach, you have to know that the same space was Café Pierre for 37 years and that Guy Gabriele, the UCLA student who started that place way back in 1977 as a creperie, is also the owner of this popular new restaurant. That original creperie soon morphed into a bistro in the then-sleepy beach town and Gabriele, who grew up in Toulon, France, soon made friends with winemakers, including Fred Brander, Rick Longoria and Bob Lindquist. He started going up to Santa Ynez and to Napa and Sonoma, always seeking out small boutique wineries not yet on the radar. And since we’re talking 1980, the California wine scene was just...