Susan Brink O’Flagherty is the wine director for both Dominick’s in WeHo and Little Dom’s in Los Feliz, and for Tom Bergin’s Tavern. She opened Venokado wine shop in West Hollywood in 2008 and a second location with a tasting room in Santa Monica in May. A former manager at A.O.C., she caught the wine bug there. "A Cruvinet and 50 different wines a day? It was really fun and opened up my mind."
What's your favorite wine region to visit? And do you have any secret spots there? I don’t get out much. But I’m going on a honeymoon next year (even though we got married in September). This is my life. I can’t even fit in a honeymoon! We’re going to Paris and to Italy where I’m planning on going to the Marche, my favorite wine region. Verdicchio, Pecorino, Montepulciano are some of my favorite wines of all time from that region. They’re dark and full of iron and blood and war. There's just something about them really beguiling and magical. And then, after exploring the Marche, I would like to get on the boat and go to Croatia. I love the wines there.
What's the sleeper on your list? In the Marche, there’s a wine called Lacrima di Morro d’Alba from Luigi Guisti. Lacrima is the grape varietal and I have the wine on the list at both Little Dom and Dominick’s and at the store, too. It’s for someone up for a little bit of an adventure. It’s a medium-bodied red wine in the same vein as a really floral Pinot Noir. You almost feel like you can bathe in it, it’s so layered and expressive and pretty — rose petals, violets, blueberries, raspberries. It’s very versatile with food, too.[...]