Like choosing a prom date, choosing a favorite wine necessitates sampling a variety to determine which one will produce the nicest bouquet. Enjoy the fruits of competitive courting with today’s Groupon to Uncorked Hermosa in Hermosa Beach. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get a premium wine tasting for two (a $30 value).
- For $25, you get a premium wine tasting for four (a $60 value).
- For $49, you get a premium wine tasting for six and a $30 credit for a take-home bottle of wine (up to a $120 value).<p>
Lined with dark oak cubbies laden with obsidian bottles and flavor-complementing foods, Uncorked Hermosa curates a collection of more than 200 wines. Flights of high-value to high-end wines introduce small parties to the array of fine selections that reside on the rustic premises, allowing connoisseurs to impress their friends with knowledge of esoteric information, such as the fact that wine is made from grapes. Sextets can adopt a favorite bottle of their very own with a $30 credit, choosing from such vintages as the 2009 Michael David Earthquake ($27.99), a zinfandel with tones of berries, cedar, and vanilla, or the 2005 Naughty Racy Red Blend ($26.99), a bing-cherry-and-plum concoction named for a misbehaving F1 car. Tasters may choose to pair their flights with the distinct flavors of cheese samplers, dark chocolate, and charcuterie, though these goodies are not included with today’s deal.
In order to store the more than 600 varieties of wine that fill Uncorked Hermosa’s cozy storefront, the proprietors had to get creative; in addition to populating the overflowing racks that dominate the shop’s front space, bottles can be found nestling in cubbies wreathed by fairy lights and crowding on the lids of emptied casks. The bottles have traveled from far and not-so-far, their labels tracing their paths from Sonoma wineries and Italian vineyards. At the tasting bar, a knowledgeable sommelier keeps a close watch on them, curating the shop’s ever-evolving menu of handpicked wines and craft beers. Their time at the shop also earns the bottle some cred of their own; when taken to go, the shop’s wines enjoy free corkage at more than a dozen local restaurants.