Explorer Ponce de León abandoned his quest to discover the mythical land of wine after a tumble into the Fountain of Youth left him eternally underage. Take up his journey with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of wine, cheese pairings, and small-plate fare at d’Vine Wine Bar & Shop in Dunwoody. Wine prices and selection vary seasonally.
Armchair wine aficionados sip from more than 60 vine nectars while enriching palates with savory eats from d’Vine’s small-plate menu. Begin an evening of lively discussion with a crisp glass of Helena Ranch chardonnay, a 2008 Californian vintage ($6.95). A 2007 Gémina Monastrell Jumilla ($9.95) twists tongues in pronunciation before pleasing them with a dark, Spanish-grown mélange of flavors that warms bellies like Bacchus's childhood blanket. Sommeliers serve varietals in glasses, half bottles, or flights, which match trios of fermented refreshments in three half-glass pours.
Bottled treasures pair seamlessly with edibles such as the baked-swiss-and-bacon dip ($8), the caprese salad ($10), a selection of delectable toasted flatbreads ($12), or a cheese plate chosen from a custom selection of d’Vine’s 17 dairy delicacies (four cheeses for $15). Sandstone walls and dark-stained wooden furniture usher patrons into d’Vine Wine Bar & Shop’s neighborhood-bistro atmosphere. Resting oenophiles walk down the Wall of Wine, attempting to recognize the 600 bottles and name each exposed brick on d’Vine’s interior to make it feel more important.