Wine was once such an expensive commodity that the rich conspicuously spilled it on their golden capes instead of wasting it invisibly in their stomachs. Afford enough wine to braggadociously spill it with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pours and seasonal plates at Sonoma'z Wine Bar & Grill, located in the Denver Marriot South in Lone Tree.
Sonoma'z serves a seasonally changing lunch and dinner menu that includes a variety of gluten-free options, along with a wine list worthy of oenophilic swooning. Recent starters include a pork barbacoa slider ($7) and fresh fish tacos with ancho crème fraîche, mango relish, and a toasty herb tortilla ($9). Evening eaters looking for more filling fare can try the grilled rib-eye ($24), the tagliatelle pasta ($19), or the pancetta-duxelle-stuffed airline chicken with fontina risotto, herb jus, and haricot verts ($22). Sonoma'z also serves lunch fare in the winsome form of sandwiches and soups, including the vegetable panini ($9) and hearty white-bean chicken chili ($6).
Wine, unlike escaped alligators, usually makes group feeding more pleasant. With Sonoma'z extensive list of new- and old-world vintages, sophisticated sippers will have no difficulty selecting a glass or half bottle of grapey goodness to accompany their eats. Indecisive oenophiles can quaff flights of merlot or chardonnay while enjoying the breezy summer patio, replete with its own unique menu and Thursday-night live music. Stretch your Groupon by arriving for happy hour, which runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through Friday.
Dine-in only. Must redeem in one visit.
Sonoma'z Wine Bar and Grill
Stationed inside the Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows, Sonoma'z Wine Bar and Grill pairs contemporary American eats with wines by the glass or bottle. Sonoma’z incorporates fresh, wholesome ingredients into its dishes from morning till night, mixing avocado into the egg-white frittata at breakfast, sandwiching fresh mozzarella into paninis at lunch, and nestling Colorado lamb chops atop apricot-pine-nut couscous during dinner. Suggested wine pairings help patrons match their meals with sips of a Sonoma pinot noir or a New Zealand sauvignon blanc, and wine flights streamline the tasting process by serving three 2-ounce portions of vino. When the weather warms up, Sonoma’z opens its outdoor patio where musicians swing by every Thursday and Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to serenade diners and drown out the sound of children asking too many questions about where babies come from.