At any given time, the Rioja! WineKeeper's handsome wooden casing houses 12 bottles in a temperature-controlled setting. These conditions keep the wines fresh and result in a full-flavored pour. A quick flick of the tap and a crisp white or bold red streams into Riedel crystal, the only glassware used at Rioja! A Wine Bar. Between these sophisticated pouring and storing methods, and the sheer immensity of the full selection—some 800 wines—Rioja!'s dedication to the appreciation of wine is palpable.
Their tapas menu was designed with elegant pairings in mind and—much like playing "spin the bottle" at the UN—highlights flavors from around the world. Prosciutto bruschetta, stuffed dates, and a chorizo and manchego plate show off the kitchen's Mediterranean leanings. South African-style jerky, on the other hand, indicates a willingness to infuse an Old World dining tradition with New World recipes. The bartenders also keep a healthy selection of craft beers from brewers such as Bell's, Duck Rabbit, and Founders.
Sometimes it's tempting to just mix all your favorite foods together in one dish, and The Vines Winery & Mediterranean-Mongolian Fuzion Grill lets you do just that. The dinner experience starts with a personal wine tasting, after which palettes are tantalized as customers choose from a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and unique sauces and sides made from scratch. All of the ingredients are freshly sliced and diced, then passed along to a chef who cooks it in an open kitchen on a huge grill right before the eyes of diners. Patrons can also opt for an array of Mediterranean specialty options such as steak, seafood, and pastas, with vegetarian, vegan, children's, and allergy-friendly options available as well. All of the dishes complement the large selection of wine, champagne, craft beer, and exotic cocktails.
"Great wines don't need to be expensive." That's one of the missions driving WineStyles Tasting Station, where customers can corral a bounty of fine syrahs, pinot noirs, and sauvignon blancs without hefty price tags or contentious Sotheby's auctions. Another mission: helping customers pair those carefully selected wines with gourmet cheeses, chocolates, and tapas. With WineStyles' handy pairing and recipes guide, customers can whip up their own grilled Mahi Mahi with mango to complement a glass of Cambridge Chardonnay or select the perfect chablis to serve with crumbles of roquefort cheese.
If customers happen to notice that Royal Limousine operates with military-level precision, it's for good reason. A team of former armed-services personnel run the company, bringing to the limo business the same attention-to-detail and punctuality that they picked up in the service. The courteous chauffers arrive promptly at their appointed destinations at the helm of a stretch limousine, party bus, or even a double-decker bus, whom they've taught to say, "Yes, sir!" Once the human cargo is safely and snugly on board, the drivers navigate traffic en route to any number of destinations around the city, from wedding chapel to wine country.
Triad Homebrew Supply’s full-time purveyors of yeast, brew kits, buckets, and tubes dedicate themselves to making homebrewing accessible to all. Long dissatisfied with the paltry materials available in local stores, the owners stock everything from recipe books to elderberries, and they even provide an after-hours number that customers can call to get emergency supplies. Brewing classes, held roughly once a month in the lot outside the store, give newbies an introduction to their art or an efficient way to use up the lifetime supply of barley they won in the lottery.
Not ones to miss a chance to throw a party, the organizers of Wine & Dine Auctions turn their events into entertaining and educational experiences. Beer and wines from local vineyards pair with steak dinners, which are prepared on charcoal grills onsite so participants can gather cooking tips from the chefs. Next, guests wander over to the auction, where they bid on exclusive, high-grade cuts of meat and other gourmet food items, with minimum bids starting at about 75% off the retail cost.