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Once upon a time, before Little Miss "Nooo-no-no" came along, when someone said "winehouse", we only thought about the sweet vino emporium on the Westside, called, um, Winehouse. This 30-year institution has made an appearance on LAist before, but like a hydra, Winehouse is adding a new arm.

This new arm is called Taste. It's the answer to many a winebuyer's quiet prayer: At Taste, you can take your chosen wine for a test-drive.

No matter how wonderfully descriptive those little tags hanging off the racks are, dropping delicious and intriguing adjectives like "luscious","vanilla", "tabacco" and the one that always pulls me in: "buy a case!"... you never truly know what they're talking about until you get home and take a swig from the bottle (what? you don't do that too?). And by that point, I've forgotten which one tastes great with grilled meat and which one is cheese's best friend.

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Taste to the rescue. The small room off the main floor will house 32 wines, ranging from the $10-$15 range to the $100 range I'm told. All you need to get a taste is a Winehouse-issued credit card, which you fill up with money beforehand. Then, slide the card in a reader, punch in which wine you want to taste, and hey presto! A 1oz serving of wine is yours!

You will also be able to order larger servings of wine, although that hasn't been decided yet. And sadly, since this idea is, in their words, "cutting edge" (apparently, the only other similar outlet is in Tuscany), they are running into some delays getting their ABC license. I'm sure it'll come. Stay tuned!

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