Celebrity power couple Wine and Cheese—or Wheese—is the name on everybody’s lips, much to the chagrin of D-list couples like potato and salad, and fun and onions . Toast the country’s tastiest duo with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get a wine-and-cheese tasting at Corkscrews in Meridian. The tasting (a $28 total value) includes:
- Two wine flights (an $8 value each)
- A cheese plate (a $12 value)<p>
Led by a husband-and-wife team of wine lovers, Corkscrews compiles hundreds of local and international vintages in an inviting setting designed for casual nights out. Red-and-yellow grape lights dangle in glowing clusters above the bar as sippers select three wines from a roster of a dozen varietals. The tasting list changes regularly to tout the top vintages from the store’s vast inventory and to keep palate muscles engaged with variable savoring. In addition to wines from the Northwest and California, the wine shelves cradle selections from Snake River Valley wineries from Vale, Huston, and Woodriver Cellars.
Tasters accent their elixirs with a shared cheese plate, balancing three cheeses with pepperoni, grapes, and mixed nuts that pair up and slow-dance with shy, flavorful notes in glasses. Patrons relax and settle into their seats more with every sip, and on weekends, musicians spin tunes from a wooden stage accented by ersatz foliage.
Seasoned barkeeps fill glasses with the aromatic pours from a rotating selection of 12 wines, and the cellar stocks a slew of bottled vintages from Idaho wineries to far-flung international locales. Guests can also indulge in sips of 38 domestic and international beers. It's all a part of the new ownership at Corkscrews, who complement their libations with a freshly concocted menu that showcases pizza, salads, a spread of cheeses, and desserts, from cheesecake to ice cream with almonds. On top of filling Corkscrews' cozy environs with daily live entertainment, the owners enjoy renting out the facility and its team of wine handlers for private events such as holiday parties and Flat Earth Society meetings.