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Today’s Groupon treats your taste buds to mini bursts of flavor with demure nibbles and complementary pours at a wine tasting/pairing course at Cissi’s Market, plus 10% off bottles and 15% off cases.
A wine bar is the latest addition to this cozy organic neighborhood grocer (plans are already underway for a new helipad). Cissi’s knowledgeable sommeliers stock the shop with a well-edited selection of vino from a variety of regions. Cissi’s occasionally offers tasting courses, and this fall-time lesson will give you a hint of what to offer for your holiday meals. Choose from the following classes:
- Wednesday, October 14, 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.
- Thursday, October 15, 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.
- Friday, October 16, 6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 17, 6 p.m.
- Sunday, October 18, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Monday, October 19, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 20, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 21, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Each class will feature four courses, plus decadent chocolate treats and coffee. The cuisine comes individually sized and paired with 1.25-ounce pours. You’ll start with Fuzelo Vinho Verde paired with a crisp shrimp-stuffed spring roll glazed with citrus ginger sauce. Round two offers a Fox Hollow Chardonnay with prosciutto custard and coconut foam. A mighty merlot is matched with barbequed Chicken Bahn Mi, and you’ll sip Riesling paired with lemongrass pannacotta for dessert. You’ll also get 10% off bottles and 15% off cases so you’ll be ready for your next camping trip or day at the track.
Wine tasting courses are perfect for first dates: the constant change in dish and drink will make easy conference, and the delicate wine buzz will take the edge off a potentially awkward situation. This Groupon is also wonderful for oenophiles, those with small appetites, or local news interns.
The restaurant won the 2007 Most Homey yet Chic Grocery Award, Critics Best House Coffee Blend, and the 2009 award for Most Adorable Quail Eggs from the Austin Chronicle. Cissi’s Market gets 3.5 stars from Google reviewers and four stars from Citysearchers: > * I usually stop by Cissi’s for a great cup of coffee and a sandwhich [sic], but was so excited last week to learn they’ve now opened a wine bar too! My coworkers and I were planning to go to Enoteca for a glass of wine after work, but noticed that Cissi’s had just reopened, so we popped in there instead. – meilz, Citysearch > * This is the kind of place that we have been looking for in this area. Very relaxed but elegant environment, with library shelves of wine (I think also for sale by bottle), and a nice selection of wine and little plates (tapas). Prices were reasonable, and the ambiance kept us there far longer than we intended. – ProudMonkey, Citysearch > * Finally, a Wine Bar on South Congress! Lo and behold, it is now open, and even better than I’d hoped. We had an absolutely delicious cheese plate (there’s a lovely small plates menu as well as wines by the glass) and chatted with the Sommelier, who really knows his stuff. – Erin, Google Maps reviews
Many inexperienced wine drinkers are intimidated when trying new wines. With the following basic knowledge, you can handle any vino that comes your way:
- Wine is a liquid made from fermented grapes that can be measured by volume, which is fixed by its temperature and pressure.
- Wine bottles did not receive their distinctive shape to conform to the shape of wine; instead, wine consists of molecules spaced far enough apart from each other that its shape must conform to the shape of its containers.
- If wine is at rest in a uniform gravitational field, the pressure P at any point is given by P = PGZ where:
P = the density of the liquid (assumed constant)
G = gravity
Z = the depth of the point below the surface
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2009. Amount paid never expires. 4 per person. Reservation required. Valid only for listed times/dates, subject to change. May make substitutions. Includes 1-1/4 oz wine pours and single-portion food pairings. Gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.