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 $30, you get $60 worth of gourmet cuisine and any accompanying fermented grape juice at The Wine Loft, located in the Gulch neighborhood. The restaurant gets pretty busy, so be sure to make reservations via email; it's also recommended that you call ahead to confirm.
The Loft's menu is short and partially sweet, with a deliberate list of flavorful dishes and a few delicate desserts for good measure. Split a plate of wild-mushroom bruschetta with aged manchego cheese ($12), or fork-feed each other the meaty, green filet-mignon salad with blue cheese, spiced pecans, dried cranberries, and pepper-jelly vinaigrette ($16). Those who like their food the way they like their hip-hop—heavily sampled—can order the charcuterie board ($15) stocked with mixed olives, roasted tomatoes, capers, cornichons, and assorted mustards.
Each meal's piquant flavors match the personality of a selection from the Loft's vast wine menagerie (or vinagerie), which houses vinos from around the globe in all essential categories, including non-solid and not mixed with cottage cheese. White wines hail from California, Argentina, Germany, and elsewhere, and range from $7 to $13 a glass. Reds fall in the $7 to $15 per glass range and possess similarly worldly qualities. Methods for picking out the appropriate wine include making a tournament bracket of choices and deciding the winner of each matchup with a coin toss until only one remains, or asking your knowledgeable waiter for assistance.
The Wine Loft's plush velvet seats, dappled curtains, and warm vintage lighting make it a sleek, elegant romantic getaway for couples or anyone playing a home version of The Bachelor. Take your significant oenophile(s) out for a night of sipping and snacking on the nectar and pollen of life with today's Groupon.
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While there aren't many reviews for The Wine Loft (perhaps too many wine-related iPad mishaps), eight Yelpers give The Wine Loft a 3.5-star average:
- Appetizers are designed to complement the wines, and do so nicely…Staff is happy to patiently describe wine choices in simple or technical language. The Wine Loft is a relaxing addition to downtown gulch nightlife choices. – Tart L.
- The first thing you will notice is the incredibly chill atmosphere. Low lights, couches everywhere. Two levels with plenty of wait staff. The menu is rich - in taste and quality. – Jaime M.