Before it was tamed, the wild grape was the scourge of the valleys, mocking the looks of recently sheared sheep and running away with farmers' sons. Drink to the fruits of cultivation with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of wine and light fare from the wine bar at Packing House Wine Merchants, located in Claremont.
Once an actual storage facility, Packing House Wine Merchants converted the novel space into a comfortable wine bar, shop, and lounge stocked with high-quality vintages from around the world. Silky libations like the Godspeed cabernet from Napa Valley ($11 per glass) seduce the senses with a complex balance of black cherry infusions, mineral hints, and spices. Opt for the chilled sweetness of Germany's Armand Kabinett riesling ($7.50 per glass) and be rewarded with the mingled pleasures of apricot, musk, melon, mango, and brown-spiced persimmon. The adventurous and mathematically inclined can pair a thematic tasting, each with two to six samples ($5–$17), with one of four specialty cheese plates ($15 each) for an endless permutation of tasty tippling. Packing House also offers live music entertainment on Saturdays to entertain the wine while it awaits its inevitable fate.
- The atmosphere here is excellent. They have a very good selection. Prices are competitive. The owner, Sal, is very knowledgeable. Good appetizers and a nice, friendly staff. I would highly recommend this place! – Jeff D., Yelp
- This place not only has great attention to customer service, but their wine selection is amazing. If you are looking for a hard to find wine in the Inland Empire this is the place to go. Sure there are other places to find wine, but this place is not a warehouse/ liquor store. The ambience is great and the location is perfect in Claremont's Historic Packing House. – SEarl91711, Citysearch