Having a partner turns bouncing a ball into a tennis match, a monologue into a conversation, and a bear attack into a slightly longer bear attack. Experience the power of pairing with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mediterranean wine-country fare plus a wine tasting for two at Garre Winery & Café in Livermore.
Garre Winery & Café's staff crafts and bottles fine wines from grapes grown in the sprawling on-site vineyards, and complements the vino with a sophisticated menu of Mediterranean wine-country fare. Thoughtful servers help diners pair a meal, such as the Prime Mover sandwich—a french roll packed with thinly sliced prime rib of beef, mushroom, and gorgonzola—with its perfect grapey complement ($7–$9/glass, $18.50–$31/bottle) and dole out tips on effective sleeper holds. Petrale sole—an almond-encrusted sole fillet accompanied by snap peas, rice, and garlic lemon white-wine sauce ($13.95)—pairs well with the 2008 chardonnay, and the jambalaya—a quartet of shrimp, mussels, sausage, and shredded duck lounging on a fluffy rice sofa ($12.95)—pairs well with the 2006 merlot. Although not on the menu, the café also serves sweet and savory breakfast items such as strawberry waffles ($9.95), french toast ($7.95), eggs Benedict ($10.95), and omelets which come with two sides ($12.95).
Diners can sip and sup underneath the quaint café's high ceilings or on the inviting outdoor deck with vistas of the vineyards and garden fountain. Patrons can teach their meals the waltz on Friday nights during dinner and music at the café. Postmeal, customers can sample a variety of fine wines at Garre Winery’s tasting room.