Wine is like gossip—it's very juicy, and sharing it is the best way to gain popularity. Spread the word with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of wine tastings, cigars, and hors d'oeuvres at Pacific Wine Merchants in Upland.
Located in a repurposed Santa Fe railroad station, Pacific Wine Merchants pours a rotating selection of 24 wines and purveys a stock of premium cigars. Grape enthusiasts looking for wine tastings ($16–$22) can sample the bar's current lineup by the ounce. Servings are dispensed via an automated Enomatic system, which is designed to prevent waste, preserve freshness, and fill corkscrews with feelings of inadequacy. Recent offerings from the tasting rotation have included a Rombauer merlot, a cabernet sauvignon from Jam Cellars, and a Rusack syrah. While sipping reds and whites, patrons can nibble cheeses, cold cuts, and garlic bread, which are included with the tasting price. Microbrews ($4.50) from local beer factories are also on tap, standing by to ensure that thirst is extinguished faster than a fire at SeaWorld.
Stogie aficionados in search of premium puffs can peruse a changing array of hand-rolled tobacco tubes ($1–$38 each) including editions by Arturo Fuente, La Gloria Cubana, Ashton, and Romeo y Julieta. These can be enjoyed in Pacific Wine Merchants' outdoor seating area, a covered patio adorned with strings of lights, heating lamps, and tapestries woven from discarded cigar bands.