Wine stored in a bottle gets better with age, whereas a message sent in a bottle is the best way to avoid exorbitant stamp prices. Empty your own glass envelopes with today's Groupon to Cavas Wine Tasting Room Café. Choose between the following options:
- For $150, you get a private, sommelier-guided wine tasting and five-course tapas meal for four people (a $300 value).
- For $15, you get $30 worth of wine and beer tastings and anything on the tapas menu. Most tapas are $5, and wine-tasting prices vary.
The grape gurus behind Cavas cultivate a relaxed, unintimidating atmosphere in which fledgling tongues can learn about wine while enjoying cuisine that complements what's in the glasses. Feed a tasting card into one of Cavas' state-of-the-art, self-service wine-dispensing machines, which run on grape-steam power, then choose an ounce, a half-glass, or a full glass from the carefully curated libation collection. The sprawling wine anthology is typically flooded with more than 80 varieties that include emerging stars in addition to classic old- and new-world selections. Past tipples have included wines such as a Gouguenheim malbec from Mendoza, Argentina ($1/taste; $7/glass), a Primarius pinot noir from Oregon ($2.60/taste; $9/glass), and a Muga 2001 prado enea from La Rioja, Spain ($6.60/taste; $24/glass).
During the private, four-person tasting and five-course tapas meal, Cavas' on-site sommelier guides guests through a liquid curriculum paired with tapas, such as asiago-cheese puffs with wildflower honey and crispy duck wings glazed with spicy-sweet sauce, selected to complement the wine-tasting itinerary. Fill mouths and brains with firsthand wisdom about pairings and receive lessons on the magical way a wine's nose can be coaxed into smelling almost anything.