It's rare for a new wine store to pop up and feel as personal, as passionate and as accessible as Bar & Garden, a new wine, spirits and plant shop in Culver City. Owned by couple Lauren Johnson and Marissa Mandel, the store specializes in natural-wine small producers, which makes for some very cool, super-interesting and esoteric drinking. All of the wines must meet a “minimum standard,” meaning they have no herbicides or pesticides and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The liquor selection is pretty great, too: All of the liquor is small-batch, apart from a few bottles that the owners can verify use no GMO ingredients. Mandel's background as a landscape designer has added to the store's aesthetic, as well as its garden theme. Tastings, classes and a thoroughly enjoyable newsletter all add up to a wine shop Culver City should be proud of. 6142 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 876-0759, barandgarden.com. —Besha Rodell
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