Have you ever seen someone smell a glass of wine and remark on its “lemony overtones” or “essence of plum” and wondered if they had any idea what they were talking about? Usually you're right, and they're pulling words from the 2009 Unabridged Wine Libs Dictionary. Pair one word from the "Obscure Fruits and Woods" chapter with another from "Vague Concepts" and you've got a smart-sounding wine description. How many times have we heard a Wine Libs poser foolishly declare that a wine resonated with "cedar echoes?" Too many times to count on one seven-fingered hand—eight times, to be precise.
But it turns out there is actually a science to smelling wine, and a corresponding aroma wheel with a full spectrum of scents both familiar (fruity, floral, spicy) and odd (microbiological, oxidized, pungent). A few people actually aren't making it up when they talk smart about wine; they understand the aroma wheel and are tasting those amazing things they're talking about. Those mahogany-cinnamon hughes are real my friend and they taste exactly like the time you put cinnamon on your mahogany banister and went to town. That great moment can be relived—even topped—by the food and wine available at Parea Wine Bar. Parea Wine Bar understands the aroma wheel, Occam's Razor, and the Pythagorean Theorem, enabling them to create a simple, isosceles triangle of wine, food, and Parea.
Today $15 gets you a $35 Groupon to Parea Wine Bar and Cafe, located at 795 Valencia St. in the Mission District. Parea is a great wine bar with tons of reds and whites from all over the world and a few Greek wines you won't find anywhere else in the city. If you and your friends are sick of the same old merlot or reisling—the same bottle you drink whenever you get together—head over to Parea.
Parea is priced for more than just special occasions. The extensive wine list focuses on Mediterranean, with many glasses under $10 and tastes hovering around $5. The light, Mediterranean menu includes a variety of appetizers, salads, and daily paninis and entrees.
Parea's relaxed atmosphere, with colorful walls, a chalkboard menu, and intimate tables, is a place for everyday good-living instead of snooty glass-sniffing. Stop by for light food and lots of glasses of wine.
- "If you're looking for a place with a kick-back atmosphere and some of the best (and not just your ordinary Napa) wine, you should definitely check Parea out. They highlight Greek wines...I love the Santorini! " -– Rose V., Yelp
- " Parea was lovely -- nice friendly and knowledgeable service, interesting wine list (with quite a few unique greek offerings you don't find everywhere), and the food (we had apps and shared a special) was simple but nicely done." – seadine, Citysearch
- "As i step in, i find the place cozy and with nice decor. I find it fitting for a place to kick back, talk to friends while enjoying a great selection of wine. The menu showed a good assortment of wines from different parts of the world such as Africa, South America, various countries of Europe and the US, but their focus is definitely on European wine." – Daniel C., Yelp