$9 Wine and Cheese Pairing at Wine Detective ($19 Value)

Pasadena

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After Capri Sun began creepily transforming people into amorphous metallic globules, wine rose to prominence, offering a similarly complex flavor profile without the threat of spontaneous melting. Celebrate wine, or "nature's Capri Sun," with today’s Groupon. For $9, you'll get one glass of house wine (an $8 value) and your choice of a three-cheese or three-charcuteries plate (an $11 value) at Wine Detective, a haute spot hopelessly devoted to uncorking bottled bliss. Reservations are not required; you can stop in at any time, but you must redeem this Groupon within three months.

This Pasadena pour house features an expansive tasting room complete with wine-dispensing machines, a wine bar, a store, and a tasting room with more than 48 different bottles available for sampling. Supplement your glass with your choice of a cheese or charcuteries plate. Dairy devotees will gobble up the trifecta of tasty bites, featuring a soft Italian buffalo cheese, a French goat cheese, and an Italian sheep cheese. Alternately, the charcuteries platter stars a soprassata, salami nostrano, and serrano ham. Post-meal, stop into the wine store to take a bit of the experience home, just like picking up astronaut ice cream at the planetarium.

Slink into cozy sofas or post up at the sleek, wooden bar for an evening of epicurean escape. A convenient location in the Commons Plaza encourages weary shoppers to kick up their heels and relax after an afternoon of tiring plastic swiping. Stop in for sips and snacks Monday through Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thursdays 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays 12 p.m. to midnight, and Sundays 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Reviews

LA Weekly likes the Wine Detectives atmosphere:

  • In a pretty "conversation lounge" off the walking mall, the 4 owners pour 48 wines (32 reds and 16 whites) out of Tuscan-made Enomatic tasting machines, which allow customers to taste the wide variety of wines by 1-ounce pours. – Amy Scattergood

Yelpers rate it 4.5 stars, and 88% of nine Urbanspooners love Wine Detectives' pay-as-you-go policy:

  • This whole concept is amazing! Getting to try wines one wouldn't normally be able to afford...ingenious!...before you know it, I'm skipping down Green Street singing Fred Astaire tunes. – kai P., Yelp
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    Pasadena

    146 South Lake Avenue

    Pasadena, California 91101

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In a Nutshell

  • Choose cheese or charcuteries
  • Open daily
  • Located in the Commons Plaza
  • Sleek, cozy ambience

The Fine Print

Expires Jun 2nd, 2010. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must be 21 years or older, must bring valid ID. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.