For $10, oenophiles can enjoy a DIY wine tasting in a laid-back setting at Chesapeake Wine Company instead of spending the usual $20. With this Groupon, choose up to eight wines from a list of 25, or ask a server to choose for you, Pepsi-challenge style. Baltimore Magazine rated the Canton "bar-in-a-wine-shop" Best Wine Bar in 2007.
At Chesapeake, wine tasters can sit out on the veranda and choose eight wines from the by-the-glass menu. You pick the wines and the time you want to do your tasting, and since you also get to set your own pace, you can savor them or "power-taste" them at your leisure. Owner Mitchell Pressman recommends waking up your taste buds with a little bubbly, then progressing through a couple of whites, maybe a pink, and a few reds before closing with a dessert wine. This will hit all the major areas and still leave you a few empty slots to experiment in the categories you really like, such as apology wine or victory wine (enemy skulls not included).
The eminently knowledgeable Pressman has personally selected every wine on Chesapeake’s list. Despite possessing one of the best palates in Baltimore (decisively proven last year when his palate vanquished all opponents in a brutal tasting joust and melee tournament), he hasn't let it go to his head, so don't be shy about asking questions. Since each of the wines on the menu had to first pass muster with his tongue, you won't find any stinkers sneaking in based on price point or bulk deals. With so many off-the-beaten-track brands from all over the world to sample and with so many possible combinations, you might even want to buy a couple Groupons so that you can try them all.
Note: Offer not valid on first Friday of every month.
- It’s a remarkably balanced collection—lots of styles, lots of price points, lots of countries, and all available for consumption with Chesapeake’s light fare menu. There’s monthly live jazz and frequent educational tasting events. Pressman himself is a friendly, approachable source for all manner of beverage-related wit, wisdom, and snob-free guidance. – Baltimore Magazine
- The atmosphere is relaxed and not stuffy like many wine bars can be. In addition to the world wide range of wines, they also offer cheeses, gift basets [sic] and wine accessories. A great place to get a quick housewarming or party gift. – heather s., Insider Pages
- This gem of a place is just what the doctor ordered... Chesapeake also boasts one of the biggest selection of microbrews that would appease the most discriminating palate. I highly recommend that you drop on in and sample the wines. – Bmo, Yahoo! Local