A good bottle of wine is like patience—its value grows with age, and it's often drained during boring dates. Savor the venerable libation with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a wine-tasting package for two at Shiraz Wine Experience and Art Cafe in Carmel (up to a $38 total value.) The tasting includes:
• One wine-tasting card (a $15 value)
• Two flatbread pizzas (up to a $23 total value)
The staff at Shiraz Wine Experience and Art Cafe curate a menu of fresh edibles and wine, broadening culinary palates, as well as cultural palettes with its artwork and striking décor set amid the Art and Design District. The basil-pesto flatbread ($10.75) presents a Roman medley of artichoke hearts, aged provolone, and tomato bruschetta holding court atop a smooth pesto made from basil and laurel crowns—the dish harmonizes with the spicy, bold demeanor of Escenzia Old Vine garnacha ($2.10 for 1 oz.; $4.35 for 2.5 oz.; $7 for 5 oz.). The provolone, corn relish, bacon, and chicken of the southwest flatbread ($11.50) compliment the fruit flavors and orange blossoms of the Barnard Griffin 2009 riesling ($3.75 for 1 oz.; $6.90 for 2.5 oz.; $11 for 5 oz.).
Wine samples pour from the sleek enigma of an Enomatic wine-dispensing machine as ocular cavities soak in the thought provoking original oeuvres bedecking slate-blue and magenta walls. The chandelier, french doors, and white tufted couches swaddle patrons in intimacy and glamour, and the outdoor patio allows eyes to become as entranced by the night sky as the swirling irises of Van Gogh.
Shiraz Wine Experience and Art Cafe
In an interior that blends the aura of a club with that of a good friend’s living room, minimalist geometric paintings reminiscent of Rothko’s work hang alongside classical portraiture on the walls. Beneath the swaths of color, patrons direct their own tasting experiences with self-serve Enomatic machines, which draw from dozens of bottles to dispense servings of 1–6 ounces of red or white wines. More than 30 domestic and international wines star on the wine list, from sweet rieslings to cabernet sauvignons to the deep red of a rebellious bull’s Camaro. Sharable plates, including baked brie with apricot compote and flatbreads topped with steak and Stilton blue cheese, fuel conversation.