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-and-cheese package for two at Bellavino Wine Bar in Westlake Village (a $56 total value). The package includes the following:
- Two wine flights (an $18 value each)
- A shared selection of three gourmet cheeses (a $20 value)</p>
Wine expert Richard Belloff collects striking wines from across the planet to adorn the racks at Bellavino Wine Bar, winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for four consecutive years. Pairs of patrons can flood palates with a flight of crisp whites or robust reds, first flipping a coin to help choose or sacrificing a champagne glass to Dionysus for guidance. Tipples of Chilean Apaltagua pinot noir or Sierra Madre chardonnay mingle with piquant bites from a plate of gourmet cheeses that boasts diverse domestic and international backgrounds and speaks with intimidating accents. Garnished with dried fruits, nuts, sliced apples, and cheese-friendly baguettes, the plates may harbor the mild flavor of semisoft Italian fontinas or the pungent, chablis-infused aromas of French Époisses. Epicureans can expand their wine knowledge while enjoying live music offered on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, or saunter through the restaurant to gawk at its colorful, counterculture-inspired wall art and shelves heavy with bottles of wine.
Bellavino Wine Bar & Restaurant
Wine expert Richard Belloff collects striking wines from across the planet to adorn the racks at Bellavino Wine Bar & Restaurant, winner of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for the last seven years in a row as well as the Ventura County Star's 2013 Readers' Choice award for best wine bar. Bellavino also hosts a variety of classes and events each month, inviting others to learn about their cellar's impressive selection.
Beneath the high, glittering lights of the dining room, a full menu of bar bites, entrees, cheeses, and charcuterie complement wines by the glass and bottle. At the wine bar, Chilean Apaltagua pinot noir and Sierra Madre chardonnay dance modestly inside glasses to the soundtrack of live musical acts playing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
3707 E Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Westlake Village, California 91362