The perfect food and wine pairing is like the fateful meeting of destined lovers, best celebrated with a tiny mock wedding presided over by a curmudgeonly pepper mill with a heart of gold. Combine cuisine and wine the way nature intended with today's Groupon to Sips Bistro and Wine Shop in Modesto. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get $16 worth of lunch fare and drinks.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of dinner fare and drinks.
Using local ingredients whenever possible, Sips serves a variety of small plates that can be paired with tannin-filled treats from the well-stocked wine bar, including the Sips cheese board with assorted cheeses, fruits, nuts, and baguette slices ($13), and gambas (prawns), captured in miniature lobster traps and released into a sauté of garlic, white wine, red chili flakes, and lemon juice ($12). At lunchtime, relish grilled tri tips, sandwiched on a Dutch crunch baguette lined with red onion, zesty barbecue sauce, and pepperjack cheese ($8) while dinner diners down the three-bone rack of lamb crusted with a Tuscan-style herb blend and zinfandel gravy ($15.50). Meat-abstainers can try Atlantic grilled salmon filets, which can be found swimming in a sea of a chardonnay, lemon, and caper butter sauce, wild-mushroom basmati rice, and seasonal vegetables ($14.50).
The temperature controlled wine bar is stocked at all times with a combination of 16 red and white wines, such as the La Rochelle Pinot Noir 2007, which is full bodied with raspberry and strawberry overtones ($10 a glass), and the Steven Kent Chardonnay 2007, with a full bouquet of ripe pear, apple, vanilla, and toasted oak nuances ($8.75 a glass). Inside Sips Bistro and Wine Shop, the earth-toned, wine-filled dining room makes for afternoons and evenings of inviting imbibing, comfortable feasting, and uninterrupted bottle stalking.
Eight Yelpers give Sips Bistro and Wine Shop a four-star average:
Sips Bistro and Wine Shop
The cooks at Sips Bistro and Wine Shop use locally acquired and organic ingredients where possible in their classic menu of small plates, varietals, and espresso drinks. The intimate bistro setting—rendered warm by colorful murals of pastoral settings and elegant wood wine racks—hosts guests as they try refined eats such as a chicken, brie, and caramelized onion quesadilla, or a brined and herb-crusted bone-in pork chop. During wine flights, vino sippers may choose their own drinks from a temperature-controlled wine bar or the frigid palms of a grape-eating sprite. The company also occasionally hosts events such as champagne Sundays and special tastings.