Delicately crushing grapes produces sweetly sippable wine, just as delicately crushing ice with pineapple produces the opening sounds of a Jimmy Buffett song. Imbibe delicious byproducts with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get six bottles of assorted wine at The Cellar Door in Downers Grove (up to a $100 value).
Under the well-trained eye of owner Sean Chaudhry, The Cellar Door’s wine enthusiasts curate an extensive cache of varietals culled from vineyards across the globe. A sextet of bottles grants sippers access to eclectic, internationally cultivated flavors more easily than eating a diplomat’s passport. The exact contents of the six-pack depend on the store’s current inventory, but each package includes bottles from locations as diverse as Italy, New Zealand, Argentina, and Dionysus’s backyard. Fruit and black-pepper flavors of red wines handily pair with poultry or hard cheeses, and white wines flaunt citrus- and tropical-fruit notes. The Cellar Door's commitment to providing the finest vintages at vintage-low prices means that guests can find their ideal quaffs without having to cruise the illegal-burgundy market.
Under the well-trained eye of owner Sean Chaudhry, The Cellar Door wine shop and bistro emphasizes the essence of ancient drink itself, curating a no-frills atmosphere that prioritizes quality of flavor above all. In allusion to the eatery's moniker—named for the simple phrase that author J.R.R. Tolkien famously called the most beautiful in the English language—straightforward combinations of globetrotting wines and grilled sandwiches, artisan cheeses, and charcuterie small plates blend together atop mesmerized palates.
More than 30 by-the-glass vintages hail from Spain, California, and Italy, and the staff encourages diners to select full bottles from the onsite retail shop, paying only retail price and a small corkage fee to eliminate unnecessary restaurant markup and taxes on drawn-out toasts. While their taste buds soak up new flavors, diners can challenge their brains to Wednesday trivia or tune their ears to live music on Fridays.