Wine bottles hold a dazzling variety of vintages, whereas bottles found in the ocean can only contain tiny captive ships and fan letters to washed-up celebrities. Invest in eclecticism with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a $20 card for sampling wine in the tasting room at The Wine House. Groupon customers also get a 10% discount on any of the wines available for tasting on the day they redeem their Groupon.
With an collection of more than 7,000 domestic and imported labels, The Wine House dazzles experienced palates with rare vintages while acquainting novices with the subtleties of oenology. Nestled within the vast facility, the bright tasting room beckons to casual shoppers and determined connoisseurs with sippable delights stocked in temperature-controlled trophy cases to protect the wine from indoor snowstorms. Each of the four fully automated tasting stations displays eight bottles awaiting dispensation orders ($1–$10taste), with carafes of water standing by to refresh taste buds. Every 7–10 days, the staff exchanges 8 of the 32 bottles, rotating the selection to include staff favorites, seasonal varietals, occasional collectors’ items, and recently released action movies. Those looking to relive the oaky or smoky experience at home can fill their hands with retail bottles from below each tasting station.
The Wine House
Bill Knight—a Wine Spectator market-watch leader—has steadily cultivated The Wine House's selection of wine over the last 30 years. The store's whip-smart sommeliers curate more than 7,000 domestic and imported labels, 32 of which can be sipped in the automated wine-tasting area.
The Wine House's 18,000-square-foot facility stocks cheeses, chocolates, premade meals, and high-tech wine accessories to go along with its wines, spirits, and beers. A series of classes taught by Dionysus himself lets the wine curious learn about tasting and pairing libations.