Like a flight with Superman across the city, a flight of wine rarely ends where it began, and almost always leaves beguiled participants asking the glass, "Can you read my mind?" Soar into bubblies, reds, and whites with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of wine at one of Vintage Berkeley's three locations: on Vine Street and College Avenue in Berkeley, or at Solano Cellars in Albany. This deal is good toward retail purchases, but is not valid at the wine bar.
Boasting a bacchanal of wallet-friendly selections from local and international wineries (most bottles are under $25), Vintage Berkeley promotes an atmosphere of grape-loving camaraderie. Pick up a limited-edition bottle of 2007 Tayerle pinot noir ($15), culled from old-vine fruit in the Rio San Lucas vineyard in California, or a vivacious and slightly fizzy 2009 Muralhas vinho verde ($15) from Monco, Portugal. To lubricate a languid backyard barbecue or a daunting brick of cafeteria meatloaf, pick up a bottle of 2007 Chateau l’Estagnol ($10) from the Rhone Valley—with solid tannins and rich notes of blackberry and cherry, it has a meaty finish to tame even the heartiest of rib eyes. Celebrate an end-of-summer LAN party with a bottle of 2009 Preston sauvignon blanc from Dry Creek Valley in California, made from organic grapes and featuring flavors of lime, chive, and fig ($16).
Staff members' brains are chock-full of facts about food pairings, wine regions, and Prussian grape-stomping techniques to meet any need, and complimentary tastings take place every night from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. With daily rotating merchandise, feel free to stock up on enough of your favorite vintages to fill an indoor washtub.
Customers must be at least 21 years old.
- A chummy "wine store for the people" in an old pumping station around the corner from the Cheese Board: how perfectly Berkeley. Nightly tastings and chatty handwritten shelf-talkers made for a relaxed atmosphere–as do the many wines of real character under 25 bucks. – San Francisco magazine
- They were more helpful than I have ever experienced and made it sincerely fun to shop for wines. We told them some things we liked and they helped us pick out a selection of delicious red, white and sparkling wines that perfectly rounded out the meal. – Jessica S., Yelp