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 $15, you get $30 worth of wine and bistro fare at Wine Maniacs Bar & Bistro in Oconomowoc.
Wine Maniacs Bar & Bistro unifies elegant spirits with savory soups, sandwiches, and small plates of artful bistro cuisine. Introduce mouth muscles to vino by the glass or by the bottle by selecting from an expansive wine list, which features the dulcet chords of Coastal Vines chardonnay ($6/glass) and the unwrinkled nectar of Lucky Star pinot noir ($7/glass). Pulled pork dresses up in pepper jack in the panini ($10.95); bacon-wrapped jalapeños arrive stuffed with shrimp and lounging upon a dainty dish of chili-cheese grits ($10.50). Diners can enjoy a cheesy hodgepodge by watching inspirational montages from 80s movies or by ordering the chef's select cheese assortments ($12), which showcase 10-year-aged cheddar, Maytag blue cheese, balsamic bellavitano, and others alongside seasonal fruits and crackers.
Imbibers can sip tipple while resting elbows on the granite countertops of the wine bar or cluster around a large decorative fountain on the outdoor patio. Earth tones and exposed brick create a rustic atmosphere in the bistro, where walls are lined with wines and secret passages to alternate dimensions.