Like water without bread and coffee without Cap'n Crunch, wine without tapas is devoid of flavor and should be poured down the nearest drain. Add purpose to your wine tasting with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one bottle of wine and your choices of two tapas at Reds Restaurant in Encino (up to a $56 value).
At Reds Restaurant, an open kitchen configuration showcases chefs busily harvesting tasty tapas from fire-spitting stainless-steel appliances. Diners can choose any two items from the tapas menu (up to a $24 value), along with either a bottle of the house sangiovese or house chardonnay (a $32 value). The house sangiovese, a richly acidic Italian red, readily complements the menu's red meats, such as the beef short rib and ricotta ravioli combo ($9), while the smoked Norwegian-salmon tapas ($10) or seared scallops ($12) offer compatible companionship to the light house chardonnay. Two hours of free valet parking is provided by Reds, so guests won't have to worry about the fire hydrant running out of quarters again while they snarf their brownie dessert.
Red isn't the only color on Reds Restaurant's wine list, which presents bottles that speak multiple languages and come and go as they please. While sipping vinos from California, South America, and Italy, guests can peer past the black-hole-black bar straight into the open kitchen. There, the chefs will summon smoked-salmon farfalle, spam-fried rice, and duck confit into existence, and bring life to desserts such as The Brownie and pineapple upside-down cake. Dinner is the main feature at this wine-and-tapas shop, but a lunch menu attracts a midday crowd to the Encino Place Shopping Center's second floor from Tuesday to Friday every week.