The perfect food-and-wine pairing is like the fateful meeting of destined lovers, best celebrated with a tiny mock wedding presided over by a curmudgeonly pepper mill with a heart of gold. Create a cause for culinary celebration with today’s deal from Wine Expo in Santa Monica. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get a Wine Expo package for two (up to a $78 total value). The package includes:
- Two wine flights (up to a $23 value each)
- One Taste of the World cheese and meat plate (a $22 value)
12-piece crostini sampler (a $10 value)
- For $75, you get a Wine Expo package for four (up to a $156 total value). The package includes:
- Four wine flights (up to a $23 value each)
- Two Taste of the World cheese and meat plates (a $22 value each)
- Two 12-piece crostini samplers (a $10 value each)
Wine Expo is a veritable candy store for wine lovers, featuring a well-curated selection of unusual wines including bottles imported directly from small, family-owned wineries throughout Europe. While most wines at grocery and liquor stores are milked from a few varieties of indifferently grazing grapes, the Wine Expo seeks out scores of renowned grape lineages, providing a wide array of complex flavors. Mosey up to the tasting bar to sample the profundity of complex whites and bold reds from diverse European regions such as Rioja, Sicily, Chianti, Alsace, and Barcelona. Wine selections rotate weekly and are subject to change.
Accompany grape nectar with a delectable 12-piece set of crostini rounds of sourdough baguette topped with griddle-toasted meats, cheeses, and veggies prepared by local chefs. The Taste of the World plate balances artisanal mild and strong cheeses atop Italian-style cured meats, served with smoked olives and mixed nuts. Post-noshing, Groupon customers receive 10% off purchases of regularly priced items in the store after leaving the wine bar.
At Wine Expo, named one of the "10 Best Wine & Spirit Shops in LA" by Los Angeles Magazine, racks teem with wine, craft beer, and liquor from every corner of the globe, plus, a generous selection of real Champagne. The knowledgeable staffers on hand know the difference between standard fruity, oak-infused bottles with lackluster taste and knockout wines that accentuate dinners of red meat or red crayons. They help guide oenophiles in selecting Portuguese whites or Tuscan reds, and organic sparkling white wines or a 31-year-old bottle of scotch. At the wine bar, sippers can sample the flavors for themselves, with flights of three whites, three to four reds, or glasses of beer. Small plates accompany the drinks, including mild cheeses, prosciutto, and crostini.