$7 for a Wine-Tasting Card at Wine Detective ($15 Value)


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In a Nutshell

  • 48 wine choices
  • Taste as little as an ounce of wine at a time
  • Sleek, cozy ambience

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Promotional value expires Feb 23, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Must be 21 or older. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

After Capri Sun began creepily transforming people into amorphous metallic globules, wine rose to prominence, offering a similarly complex flavor profile without the threat of spontaneous melting. Celebrate wine, or "nature's Capri Sun," with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get a tasting card at Wine Detective (a $15 value). Reservations are not required to experience this haute spot hopelessly devoted to uncorking bottled bliss.   This Pasadena pour house features an expansive tasting room complete with wine-dispensing machines, a wine bar, a store, and a tasting room with more than 48 different bottles available for sampling. Utilizing technology imported from the far future of yesterday's today, Wine Detective's Enomatic Antikythera mechanism allows you to self tipple as little as one ounce of a given bottle of wine and enjoy each vintage at your own pace. Samples vary from $2 to $7 an ounce, so even if you're sailing to pricey waters, you'll still be able to glug up to two glasses worth of wine. Post-sip, stop into the wine store to take a bit of the experience home. 

Slink into cozy sofas or post up at the sleek, wooden bar for an evening of epicurean escape. A convenient location in the Commons Plaza encourages weary shoppers to kick up their dominatrix, grape-crushing heels and relax after an afternoon of tiring plastic swiping. 


Wine Detective was featured in the Los Angeles Times, and Gayot rates it a 12 out of 20. Yelpers give it an average of four stars, and 80% of more than a dozen Urbanspooners like Wine Detective:

  • Sip at a small bar while chatting with the friendly owner, or hang out in a seductive lounge. – Gayot
  • This whole concept is amazing! Getting to try wines one wouldn't normally be able to afford...ingenious! – kai P., Yelp

Customer Reviews

Quite the experience!
Raymond J. · April 25, 2013
A little confusing but very nice over all
Nancy M. · January 23, 2012
This is a wonderful place with excellent service and a nice assortment of fabulous wines. The food menu offers tasty appetizers, salads, and a variety of cheeses to pair well with the wine. The place is quaint yet stylish and the perfect spot to get together with friends. Wine Detective is also a great place for people wanting to learn more about wine.
Jessica P. · January 22, 2012
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    146 S Lake Ave.

    Pasadena, California 91101

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