Wine and fine food are a matched pair, like Cagney and Lacey or Wayne Gretzky and the only thing people remember about hockey. Slapstick your face with flavor with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a picnic basket packed with two full-priced bottles of wine (a $40 value) and $42.85 worth of fried chicken, cheese and crackers, two sides, and sparkling water at Niche Wine Lounge in Holly Springs.
Niche Wine Lounge uncorks a seasonal menu of wines paired with deluxe noshes. A bottle of pinot grigio and a red blend bookend the picnic basket's portable feast. Gourmet cheeses, such as a smooth munster, top artisanal crackers, and slices of savory, cold, fried chicken complement spoon-loads of creamy pasta or potato salad. Sparkling water cleanses the palate between long draughts of wine and nibbles of cheese, and dessert for two lets sweeties adorably trade bites, provoking the envy of onlookers and ants.