Being wined and dined is often a precursor to big requests, such as “Can you finish this jug of wine for me?” or “Would you sign my petition to install a municipal wine fountain?” Compromise just the right amount of judgment with this Groupon.
- $12 for two glasses of syrah or chardonnay (a $7.50 value each) and one cold brie cheese plate (a $9.50 value; a $24.50 total value)<p>
Guests pair glasses of chardonnay or syrah from the wine list with a cold plate of brie drizzled with Grand Marnier strawberry sauce. The cheese is served with fruits and slices of toasted baguette. <p>
From the ivy-covered outside in, Barrel 33 cultivates a cozy bar atmosphere conducive to long conversations and savored sips of wine. Their wine cellar, kept at a constant 56 degrees, hosts dozens of domestic and international red and white wines by the bottle. Reds include a hefty selection of cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir from Sonoma and Santa Barbara. French champagne, sparkling wine, and chardonnay from Napa and the Russian River valley, on the other hand, dominate the selection of whites. To accompany the wine, Barrel 33’s kitchen assembles plates of olives, duck pate, brie with Grand Marnier strawberry sauce, or crisp thin-crust pizzas.
Red walls stretch around the interior of the wine bar, complementing both the stone-topped bar and the dappled tulip lights hanging over it. Tall chairs with carved arms and plush crimson cushions sit at attention at the counter. Outside in the enclosed wine garden, palm fronds reach up to the strings of fairy lights stretched across the patio. A wood fire crackles in a fireplace made from the same chunky boulders as the building’s exterior, sending light flickering over wicker chairs and the glass tables’ ornate legs, which were donated by the late glass man, who lived in a glass house but never threw stones.