Appalachian Dracula was famously quoted as saying, "I never drink…moonshine." Teach the original Dracula a thing or two with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get a wine tasting at The Cellar Door Bistro & Wine Shop, located in downtown Downers Grove (a $25 value). Choose from five Sunday dates:
- November 21
- November 28
- December 5
- December 12
- December 19
Each open-house-style tasting is held from noon to 4 p.m., and patrons are welcome to come and go as they please. Send your palate on a global jaunt by sampling 20 specialty wines from around the world, each fluent in its own flavor language. Sippers can nibble on light hors d’oeuvres as they browse the shop’s ample bottle selection for the perfect aperitif adoptee. The Cellar Door's commitment to providing the finest vintages at vintage-low prices means that guests can find their ideal quaff without having to cruise the illegal burgundy market.
Yelpers give The Cellar Door an average of four stars:
Under the well-trained eye of owner Sean Chaudhry, The Cellar Door wine shop and bistro emphasizes the essence of ancient drink itself, curating a no-frills atmosphere that prioritizes quality of flavor above all. In allusion to the eatery's moniker—named for the simple phrase that author J.R.R. Tolkien famously called the most beautiful in the English language—straightforward combinations of globetrotting wines and grilled sandwiches, artisan cheeses, and charcuterie small plates blend together atop mesmerized palates.
More than 30 by-the-glass vintages hail from Spain, California, and Italy, and the staff encourages diners to select full bottles from the onsite retail shop, paying only retail price and a small corkage fee to eliminate unnecessary restaurant markup and taxes on drawn-out toasts. While their taste buds soak up new flavors, diners can challenge their brains to Wednesday trivia or tune their ears to live music on Fridays.