Without cheese, sandwich meat would get lonely and rappers would use the term "fungible retainer of value" as an epithet for the word "money." Put your money where your mouth is with today's Groupon: for $12, you get one gourmet cheese board, which includes three tastings, at La Buena Vida Vineyards in Grapevine, a $24 value.
The chefs at La Buena Vida Vineyards orchestrate symphonies of cheeses, vegetables, and spreads to create four varieties of thematic appetizer boards. Munch on complimentary crackers and tuck grapes into cheeks before nibbling on the tuscan board's genoa salami, manchego cheese, and spinach-parmesan dip. Or, opt for the veggie board, which offers an edible constellation of grilled artichoke hearts, cheese-stuffed red peppers, and a mozzarella that has been marinated in a spice blend whose recipe is heavily guarded, much like the final resting place of George Washington's axe. The strong flavors of olives compliment the subtle flavors of the mediterranean board's all-natural hummus, which steadies palates in preparation for soft, creamy Boursin cheese.
Droplets spill over azure spanish-tiled fountains, and lush landscapes rustle in the wind as guests dine on a mediterranean patio by the glow of simple sconces mounted to stone pillars. In Saturday's waning afternoon sunlight, smooth melodies float into ears as a live band performs Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban beats.