Looking for a wine bar with Tunisian flair in Manhattan Beach? Head to Barsha Wines and Spirits. Barsha in Tunisian means “a lot or very much”. You’ll see what I mean when you get there. You’ll not be disappointed as there is something here for everyone. It’s a small production wine and unique spirits shop, featuring a hip and comfortable tasting room where you can also grab a beer, enjoy tasty gourmet bites, and shop to take home food and gifts!
Adned Marouani and his wife Lenora met in Las Vegas as chefs, and their love of food, turned into a romance that has taken them around the globe. Adned originates from Tunisia where there are French, Arabic, and Meditteranean influences. Lenora loves this culture so much that she also operates a home decor store nearby called The Souk featuring artisan products created by women from Tunisia.
The wine and food selections change monthly. As it was January, I decided to sample the “New Year, New Me” flight that offered a taste of two whites and two reds. Also ordered a delicious charcuterie meat and cheese board to pair with these wines. Both the wines and the charcuterie offered unique global flavours!
The 2017 Menton-Salon Jean Tellier Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, paired really well with the Italian Brie – Brinata. The wine had a hint of floral on the nose with a nice crispness and lasting finish. The 2015 Monte Carbonare Soave from Italy was a creamy, smooth white that paired well with the Tunisian almonds and the truffle ham. The Spanish Gil Berzal Crianze Temperanillo was plummy with some minerality that paired great with the duck truffle pate and English smoked cheddar cheese. The 2014 Château Trou Peyronneau Saint-Emilion Grand Cru blend was delicious with the Italian Barricato Al Pepe.
If you are in the Manhattan Beach or near LA, it’s worth the trip to Barsha. Let me know what you enjoy when you are there!