Celebrity power couple Wine and Cheese—or Wheese—is the name on everybody’s lips, much to the chagrin of D-list couples such as Potato and Salad and Fun and Onions. Toast the country’s tastiest duo with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a tapas package at CA WineRoom in Long Beach (a $40 total value). The package includes:
- One tapas item (valid for items up to a $15 value) served during the evening. Patrons can select one of the following tapas:
- A cheese plank platter
- An olives and almonds plate
A meats and cheese platter<p>
- One pitcher of sangria (a $25 value) or one bottle of wine or champagne (valid for bottles up to a $25 value)<p>
CA WineRoom amasses a roster of solely California-stomped wines paired with light shared plates, served in the evenings and within walking distance of the shimmering Alamitos Bay. House sangria packs more fruit than Paul Bunyan’s famous smoothies into frosty pitchers, or a merlot from Gary King Wines fills glasses with the aromatic essence of grape. High tables crafted from the severed ends of wine barrels bear sharable plates of olives and almonds or meat and cheese, and morsels from cheese plank platters change hands as quickly as the biggest marble in a preschool. The candlelit dining room, bordered by a low-set violet glow, fills with the ivory-tickled melodies of live musicians on Fridays and transforms into a cinema on movie-night Mondays.
A warm breeze wafts over the iron chairs and benches gathered under palm trees. Lights glow on the airy porches of the buildings across the courtyard. Inside, guests clink wineglasses under a spiral of white string lights, surrounded by bistro tables topped with floral arrangements and tall wooden wine racks. CA WineRoom's outdoor and indoor seating immerses visitors in an intimate atmosphere inspired by the state's coastal and Spanish roots.
CA WineRoom's wine director, Noah Buffet, extends this local focus to his menu: he features only California wines and specializes in smaller batches from family wineries. The selection spans cabernets, chardonnays, and zinfandels from the coast of Mendocino County, Napa Valley, and the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, and there's a handful of California craft beers on tap as well. Live music often complements drinking here: guest musicians, including pianists, monkeys with accordions, and folk bands, play each Thursday, and the lounge hosts live jazz every Saturday night.