Like choosing a prom date, choosing a favorite wine necessitates sampling a variety to determine which one will produce the nicest bouquet. Enjoy the fruits of competitive courting with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a wine-tasting experience at The Wine Room on Park Avenue in Winter Park (a $52 value). The tasting includes:
- $40 wine-tasting card (a $43 value, including the card)
- Order of margherita flatbread (a $9 value)
At The Wine Room on Park Avenue, Italian-invented Enomatic wine-dispensing machines pour samples of 148 wines from around the world as patrons snack on tapas-style dishes and sample artisanal cheeses. The self-cleaning, self-aware machines pour precise servings in 1-ounce sample-size, half-glass, or full-glass portions of varied vinos that change each month. Wine aficionados converse over an order of margherita flatbread and explore exotic wines arranged by varietal or country of origin, from sundry Spanish wines to myriad cabernets. Although the $40 cards are only valid for machine-poured samples, patrons can purchase additional bottles of their favorite varietals to take home and sip from or housebreak.
The Wine Room on Park Avenue
With its exposed bricks, arched doorways, and dim lighting, The Wine Room on Park Avenue evokes a medieval monastery. That may be why the sleek, Italian-made Enomatic wine dispenser, which controls bottle temperature and prevents oxidation, looks so much like a Star Trek–era gadget within the pleasantly rustic walls. With the push of a button, the metallic nozzles pour out precise 1-ounce sample-size, half-glass, or full-glass portions. To ensure spouts remain untainted from customer to customer, it cleans itself after every pour.
The Enomatic is one reason The Wine Room earned the title of Orlando's best wine bar from Orlando Magazine. The recently remodeled space now boasts additional seating, a new menu, and a new lineup of machines. Though the technology is impressive, the shop backs up their gadgetry with a staff of actual human wine connoisseurs. These friendly staffers help customers navigate the selection of 156 wines, and offer wine classes throughout the year. They can also recommend bottles to pair with The Wine Room's selection of cheeses, flatbreads, and yachts in need of christening.