Thanks to cartoons, many Americans believe that the correct way to taste wine is to take a sip, then witness something so shocking that it causes them to involuntarily expectorate. Skip the spit takes and sample wine correctly with today's Groupon to Robust Wine Bar & Café. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a wine and small-plate dinner for two (up to a $58 total value). Click here for a description of the dinner option.
- For $15, you get lunch and wine for two (up to a $41 total value). Click here for a description of the lunch option.
The sommeliers at Robust Wine Bar & Café hand-select an extensive wine list of foreign and domestic enological creations, categorizing each bottle with according to its Robust factor. The Hugl grüner veltliner zips across palates with refreshing citrus and exotic fruit flavors, turning taste buds’ heads with fleeting notes of white pepper. Substantial mouthfuls of the Cellar Piñol Ludovicus similarly bombard gustatory senses with ripe fruit and spicy oak, and the Errazuriz carménère conceals hints of sweet spice within a framework of supple tannins. Effervescent pours of the Roederer Estate brut rosé inspire tableside toasts and roasts among diners as vibrant acidity mingles with notes of cherry that are as subtle as the humor in an encyclopedia index.
Robust’s chefs employ viticultural muses as they craft a series of refined tasting plates inspired by the wine selections. The dinner menu allows tables to share such savory dishes as pork tenderloin plated alongside a root-vegetable gratin and a bacon-and-maple reduction. Baked french camembert strains against a robe of golden-brown pastry crust topped with balsamic strawberries, and the crispy herbed polenta cake enlists diners’ help to corral a ragu of wild mushrooms before branding the herd with the café’s logo. The lunch menu proffers an arsenal of lighter fare, including a spinach scallop salad and an open-faced sandwich with rib-eye meatloaf that sports a sheath of sweet and spicy glaze as well as a red-onion jam that induces tears of joy as well as tears caused by syn-propanethial-S-oxide.