If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon to Wine Detective in Pasadena. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get wine flights for two (a $40 value).
- For $10, you get $20 worth of anything on the menu. Items range from $3.50–$17 each.
Wine Detective acquaints taste buds with a range of red and white wines as well as a variety of sampler platters and Basque-style small sandwiches. A regularly rotating flight menu doles out a trio of 3-ounce tipples per flight, helping drinking duos discover an assortment of the more than 40 wines carried in store and to practice all the words they rhyme with. Each sweet nectar hails from one of a variety of locales including Italy's rolling hills, Australia's tropical savanna climate, and Spain's lush foliage hiding tourists still running from the bulls. Tongues yearning for a heartier form of intoxicating goodness are invited to feast on small, open-faced sandwiches decked out with smoked salmon, pâté, and serrano ham ($11/selection of three), cold-cut platters ($11/selection of three), or the duck-trio plate featuring foie gras mousse, duck salami, and duck prosciutto ($17). A cheese platter rounds out the multifaceted options with selections of goat-milk cheese from France and cow-milk cheese from Italy alongside quince paste, dried fig, and marcona almonds ($11/selection of three; $16/selection of five), none of which count toward one's daily sharing quotient.
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 grape-crushing heels and relax after an afternoon of tiring plastic swiping.