Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of the city with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of small plates at Winetopia. Winetopia specializes in palate-cleansing platters of wine-absorbent snacks. Assemble a group of fellow foodies and order a cheese-and-cold-cut platter ($15), a fruit-and-chocolate plate ($10), or a heaping mound of hummus and dip-sturdy pita chips ($3–6). Truffles make great bite-sized desserts ($1 each). Dine in Winetopia's Tuscan-themed interior or venture onto the dog-friendly outdoor patio, where man's best friend can nosh on dog treats while dog's best man reads man's best friend Garfield comics featuring Odie.
Surrounded by Winetopia's brick-laden walls, visitors sample a succinct selection of tapas, absorb the notes of live music and karaoke, and explore the flavors of rare wines gathered from around the world. In the dining room, the arched tops of built-in wine cabinets fit snugly into exposed-brick walls, and the chatter of guests clustered around intimate tables syncs with the clinks of wineglasses alighting on a granite-top bar. A menu of small plates romances appetites with everything from light snacks, such as marcona almonds and indian popcorn, to more substantial morsels, including veggie samosas. Plates strewn with various cheeses find companionship in chatty napkins and the sweet notes of fresh fruit or the deep flavor of assorted cold cuts. The rotating selection of more than 200 small-production wines overrides the need for a formal list, so instead sommeliers pilot patrons through vinos imported from New Zealand, South Africa, Oregon, and Argentina. The less traveled can charter entire flights of wine or sign up for a tasting class, or eschew grapey spirits altogether for one of the bar’s 59 domestic or imported beers.