If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a wine tasting for two at The Wine Bank (a $40 value) on Fifth Avenue. Wine tastings take place on Fridays from 6 p.m.–8 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 p.m.–5 p.m. Reservations are required.
The Wine Bank's recently refurbished interior commemorates its nearly half-century existence as a spirit sampling symposium, which houses two floors of globetrotting wines and an expert cadre of vino vanguards. Bring a friend to navigate The Wine Bank's private tasting room where a practiced staff pours six diverse selections of local and world-wise wines to sniff, swirl, and dampen palates. Like Harrison Ford, each flavorsome jug ages gracefully in the temperate basement cellar and bottles are available for purchase in many styles and price ranges.
The Wine Bank
The Wine Bank has sold wine and spirits out of its current location for more than 50 years, and it is equipped to preserve fine vintages around the world after recent renovations. Today, two floors of towering wooden shelves and a temperature-controlled basement cellar hold thousands of wines from America and abroad including rare, hard-to-find, and cult varieties. The owners and their crew of wine experts show off their passion for wine and help customers choose the perfect varietal to complement a meal, special occasion, or monogrammed crazy straw. To further facilitate selection, The Wine Bank holds semiweekly tastings that introduce guests to five wines culled from their expansive cellar.
363 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, California 92101