Drinking wine, like yelling at the cat, thinking about motorcycles, and setting fire to the neighbor's wicker man, is a vital part of each day. Live the day to its fullest with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of wines and cheeses at The Grapevine in Willow Glen.
The Grapevine, a tasting bar with a rotating menu of boutique wines and cheeses, has a charming tasting room as well as a petite, elegant outdoor garden. Much like the sun in most medieval Italian conceptions of the cosmos, the wine bar's wine and cheese menu changes two to three times a month. The sort of fare you'll find is consistently savory and runs the gamut from gourmet grilled cheese sliders ($5 for three) to savory olé flatbread with basil, prosciutto, a balsamic reduction, and manchego cheese ($7), as well as the sweet marriage of imported brie and homemade fig sauce ($6).
Light bites of artisan cheeses provide the ideal foundation for a fleet of wine flights such as the band of Random Reds, which delivers samples of malbec and other red wines ($15). Flirt with flights or fill your cup from a long list of whites and reds from California and international vineyards. Sip and swirl a 2008 Californian Branham chardonnay ($8) or indulge in a 2009 Kathryn Kennedy cabernet sauvignon from the Santa Cruz Mountains ($16) before telling friends and admirers that you've tasted the sacred ambrosias from the rocky cliffs of California. Reservations are recommended.
The Grapevine is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
- This place has a wonderful selection of wine and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They found the exact type of wine I was looking for, and even let me taste it prior to purchasing it to make sure I liked it. – Glenn H., Insider Pages
- They have some great finds in wine, and the price is right! The menu is easy to navigate, with some nice ales in addition to whites, reds, bubbly, and dessert wines. – Jennifer R., Yelp