Drinking wine is an activity that sometimes makes people believe they’re funnier, smarter, and two feet taller than they actually are. Today’s Groupon prolongs the non-truths with a $25 ticket to the Black Door Argentinean Wine Tasting at The Tasting Room on Saturday, March 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (a $50 value). The oaky afternoon outing also includes light appetizers, live music, and discounts on featured pours from the spot Citysearchers gave the honors of Best Spot to Find Your Soulmate and Best Wine List in 2008.
The fifth-leading producer of wines in the world, Argentine vineyards are favored for their lack of problems with insects, fungi, molds, other grape diseases, and commercial airplane landings. With this Groupon, guests will have the opportunity to sample 25 varieties from four leading wine-producing regions in Argentina. Supplement sips with light snacks and live music while mingling among local oenophiles during this three-hour type-A-grape-blood fest.
Just as washing the dog requires peanut butter and a jar of mountain air, refined indulgence necessitates an appropriately spacious and elegant locale. The Uptown Park sipping ground, at 7,600 square feet, features more seating than any other wine bar in the area. The European-influenced eatery boasts an expansive outdoor patio, industrial-esque indoor wine bar, and climate-controlled wine cellar. A revered gathering spot for parched pals, The Tasting Room offers the optimal setting to enjoy this intoxicating international affair. This Groupon is ideal for the globally curious gourmand on a budget, an adventurous date, or a frisky afternoon taste-romp.
The Houston Press named The Tasting Room Best Wine Store in 2007:
- From a single Uptown location to three Tasting Rooms and the überhip Max's Wine Dive, TTR has spread like barnacles on the Black Pearl. It's a wine bar-cum-cafe-cum-super-chic eatery... – Houston Press
Citysearchers named it Best Spot to Find Your Soulmate and gave it Best Wine List honors in 2008. Though they say the place gets pretty packed, Citysearchers rate it a solid four stars. 84% of Urbanspooners like it, and Yelpers rate it 3.5 stars.
- The Tasting Room is the place to be in Houston. Wine juveniles to connoisseurs flock to this place and it's clear why...Great music, Great people, Great service, Great wine! The "wine"tenders are knowledgeable and can choose a great selection for your taste that evening. The cheese boards are great and the atmosphere is that of an elegant wine bar.... of which it is, with a soft, supple experience that pleases all of ones [sic] senses. – hmkrenek, Citysearch
The Tasting Room
Since opening in 2003, The Tasting Room has morphed from a wine bar to a full-service restaurant with four locations—all while retaining its wine-bar charm and racking up numerous awards and accolades. Diners can select libations from a list that boasts more than 200 wines, pairing them with contemporary dishes whipped up by executive chef Jonathan LeBlanc. TTR offerings run the gamut from small plates of mini grilled sandwiches and classic bruschetta to entrees including creole-spiced quail and Jamaican jerk chicken breast, which diners can savor at windowside tables or on the plant-ensconced patio and garden area.
The eatery doesn't just sate hunger for eclectic classics and thirst for fermented grapes. It also hosts live music, meetings, and events such as 2011's Grapes vs. Grains, which pitted beer against wine in a liquid wrestling match. The owners have their hands in other culinary enterprises, too. There's the Houston Cellar Classic, for example, an annual celebration of food and wine. Also popular is MAX's Wine Dive, a destination for gourmet comfort food best defined by its slogan—"Fried chicken and champagne? ... Why the hell not?"
1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77056Get Directions