Chefs' ovens burn much hotter than conventional ovens, allowing them to quickly roast meats and melt glacier chunks into gourmet ice water. Enjoy professional cooking with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of small plates at Winetopia on San Felipe Road. This Groupon is not valid for alcohol.
The dutiful servers at Winetopia cleanse and refresh palates with a menu of small plates adorned with gourmet appetizers. Guests can pluck miniature treats from platters that precariously balance pyramids of fruit and chocolate ($10) or choose from a savory collection of cheese and cold cuts ($15). Decadent truffles ($2 each) hold untold secrets of caramel and chocolate, and vegetarian samosas ($7 for three) drench palates with a monsoon of spicy fillings. An exposed-brick dining room strikes a harmonious accord between casual and elegant, and groups can amp up the party vibe by rocking out at live-music events or screeching until wine bottles burst open on Karaoke Tuesdays.
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.