We last wrote about Alicia Kemper in 2019 when she was running the wine program for a small restaurant in DTLA called Fundamental. Post-pandemic, when Fundamental pivoted to full-time catering, Kemper’s next move was to Long Beach, where she pondered a wine bar for this underserved community. She found a storefront and opened Buvons late last year, commencing to serve the types of low-intervention, purity-driven wines she likes to champion.
Small and noisy, Buvons is a shop by day and bar/patio by night, with a vast number of offerings for such a modest place, a dividend when a retail shop has your back. That also makes the place exceedingly affordable: Sit-down bottle prices are only $15 above the retail price. There are flights dedicated to comparative and regional exploration, accessible and educative for the neighbors, like rosés outside of France, or a deep dive on the Aube. Pro Tip: Take the opportunity while you’re there to join Kemper’s Tippler Club, a natural wine club she started in LA.
Buvons is part of our Top 30 LA List of 2023. Read the whole story here.
Patrick J. Comiskey covers US wines for Wine & Spirits magazine, focusing on the Pacific Northwest, California’s Central Coast and New York’s Finger Lakes.
This story appears in the print issue of Spring 2023.
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