The decor inside Wine Warehouse is so intricate, you might think it was lifted straight from a movie set. A bronze chandelier illuminates stacked rows of rustic wooden crates and shelves populated floor-to-ceiling with bottle after bottle of wine. Of course, Wine Warehouse isn?t a movie set?it merely combines elements of a modern warehouse, a retail shop, a social club, and a wine bar into a single, stunning presentation.
Amid these surroundings, guests stock up on bottles, cases, and barrels of the store's encyclopedic selection of wines and craft beers. Those looking to kick back for a bit or discover a new grape-flavored mouthwash can enjoy one of Wine Warehouse?s daily tastings, which often come with a platter of artisanal cheeses.
It’s hard to imagine now, but once upon a time, people actually had to go to the photo lab and wait days to see how their pictures turned out. One such lab sat at the corner of 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard in Phoenix, but with the dawn of digital photography, its days were numbered. The lab finally closed down in the early '90s, and city culture soon took over—it first became a coffee house and neighborhood hangout, and later a hip urban café and espresso bar. This latest incarnation is called 32 Shea, and some of its defining characteristics are as old-school as monochrome photography. Take the coffee, for example: the beans are roasted locally and the flavor syrups are homemade with seasonal ingredients. When night falls and the café transforms into a trendy restaurant, flickering candles lend an air of timeless romance to meals of creative bruschetta, toasted-ciabatta sandwiches, and crispy lavash pizzas. Of course, there are plenty of ultra-modern touches designed to attract Phoenix’s hipster set. Among the most notable are a sleek bar made from 100-year-old reclaimed wood and a drive-through window that lets car-bound diners can take the café's gourmet cuisine to go.
Drinking wine is an activity that sometimes makes people believe they’re funnier, smarter, and two feet taller than they actually are. Today’s Groupon prolongs the sweet, confidence-boosting non-truths with $35 worth of wine and savories for $15 at Crush’d Wine Bar in Scottsdale. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Night owls and oenophiles can fill up on perfect pours and paninis with today's deal, where $15 gets you $30 worth of eats and drink at Centro Paninoteca. The hospitable hot spot specializes in an unintimidating wine list and a stellar selection of small plates and sandwiches.
At Twisted Rose Winery & Eatery, wine not only plays the starring role, but makes a host of cameo and guest appearances as well. It starts at an on-site winemaking room, where Twisted Rose crafts and ages many of its wines. Patrons can enjoy these classic by the glass, bottle, or Super Soaker, or they can sink their teeth into dishes that use wine as a main ingredient. The pulled pork, for instance, has a merlot-based barbecue sauce, and the fettuccine alfredo gets coated in a chardonnay cheese sauce. It's all part of the plan, according to an interview in the Phoenix Business Journal. "We want the diner to experience these wines in every facet of their meal. Wine transcends simply drinking it by the glass."
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