Adding wine to a simple meal makes a commonplace sandwich feel special, much like brushing your teeth with a sparkler or withdrawing money from an ATM while holding it at gunpoint. Mix up a mundane mealtime with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of deli sandwiches and wine at The Grape Tray, located in the Gallery Plaza shopping center.
Guests to The Grape Tray are greeted by high-beam ceilings, hardwood floors, and a rustic interior that is half Old World wine shop, half New World deli depot. The deli menu procures a potpourri of scrumptious sandwiches, such as the No. 4 turkey, made popular thanks to toppings such as swiss cheese, alfalfa spouts, and mayo ($5.75), and an assortment of freshly prepared salads, such as the spinach salad ($1.15–$6.32), wins over mouths with its nutrient-rich greenery and tasteful lack of pinecones. Deli fare is served until 3:30 p.m.
The Grape Tray’s fresh eats can come escorted by a wise and aged bottled bounty. Customers sniff and swirl full-bodied, cherry-hinted notes of the 2007 Castle Rock Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon ($9.69) or make good on New Year’s resolutions to drink more dry fruit by sipping up the citrusy, peachy nectars inherent in the 2009 Zenato pinot grigio ($9.99). An ample array of rosé, sparkling, and dessert wines also awaits to fill the shelves of your pantry, wine cabinet, or laundry-room wet bar.
The Grape Tray
Experts in all things wine, The Grape Tray's staff can help patrons choose their ideal wine while sampling vintages from vineyards such as Silver Oak, Chateau Lynch-Bages, and Sleepy Hollow. A roster of dessert and sparkling wines rounds out the corked collection, which includes selections from popular spots like France and Spain as well as lesser-known wine-producers, including New Zealand and Austria. The Grape Tray’s staffers also craft tasty sandwiches from its deli counter, piling corned beef, vegetable medleys, and crab and chicken salad between slices of bread from nearby bakeries.
5091 N Fresno St.
Fresno, California 93710Get Directions