George Orwell famously wrote about winemaking, "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a grape's face—forever." Have fun proving him right with today’s grape-smashing Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fine wine, craft beer, pairable plates, and more at A Grape in the Fog in Pacifica.
Included in Metro's compendium of the Best of Silicon Valley 2010, A Grape in the Fog pampers patrons with an extensive menu of artisanal wines from around the globe, complemented by a well-edited cluster of comestibles. Dip your tongue into a glass of white, such as the Copain viognier ($10), paint the tongue-town red with Kingston Family Vineyards pinot noir ($12), or custom-design a multifaceted flight on the basis of which labels would best complement your subterranean printing press. The dozens-strong vinocopia also includes sparkling, rosé, and dessert wines and is counterbalanced by a slate of import and craft beers, such as the Deschutes Obsidian Stout ($6). Shareable fare, such as the artisanal cheese plate of Point Reyes blue, manchego, and brie ($12) and an olive medley ($3), prevent teeth from feeling neglected and absconding to other jawbones.
Colorful light fixtures, floral artwork, and robin's-egg-blue-hued seating gives A Grape in the Fog a whimsically chic ambience that lends itself to oenoexploration. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the sip-centric destination pours its potables until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, making it an ideal stop for a nightcap after a long day of heckling statuary.
Reservations are appreciated for parties of five or more.