Buying wine without tasting it first is like buying a car without a test drive or buying a plane ticket without watching the pilot's flight test. Make those grapes work hard for their money with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a $30 in-house wine card—plus 10% off any regular-priced bottles of wine purchased on the same day—at Vino DeSantis in Coral Springs.
Vino DeSantis's enomatic wine machines allow oenophiles to top up their chalices at a liquid buffet of decanted deliciousness. Eager imbibers insert the wine card into the enomatic dispenser and select 1, 2, or 4 ounces of 1 of the 72 constantly renewed varietals and vintages, such as Groth cabernet sauvignon ($4.60, $9.05, or $17.85), Layer Cake primitivo ($0.95, $1.80, or $3.45), Monchhof riesling spatlese ($1.37, $2.63, or $5.05), and Shafer chardonnay ($3.84, $7.28, or $14.86). This elixir panoply makes up a small portion of the more than 1,200 bottles for sale, with options ranging from the driest red to the sweetest white and the most intense port to the most apathetic rosé, all of which Groupon holders can purchase at a 10% discount.
Customers can enjoy their aged grape juice at one of the café-style marble tables while watching music videos on a flat-screen TV, nibbling on a comestible complements (not covered by this Groupon) at the food bar or initiating heated debates over who would win a fist fight between Dionysus and Bacchus.
It took the owners of Vino DeSantis six months to find the right setting to host their vino emporium. Their diligence paid off. Today, their Coral Springs location houses more than 1,200 different varieties in a combination shop and tasting room lit by a warm, incandescent glow. The shop is also home to an Enomatic wine system, a space-age wine-delivery device that can hold 72 bottles of wine and automatically dispense 1-, 2-, or 4-ounce servings of that day’s offerings. With no more machines to install or fixtures to set up, the staff is now free to build the community’s knowledge of wine during tastings augmented by complimentary cheeses, breads, and compliments.