Over the past couple months, I’ve collected a bunch of Groupons. But I haven’t had the chance to use ANY of them yet. That had to change this weekend. I had some free time, so I trekked on over to Schaefer’s. According to the Web site:
Schaefer’s is a Chicagoland institution that matches great service with a vast, but eclectic, collection of the best wines, food, brews, and distilled spirits. Now celebrating our 75th year at the same corner, our goal is to exceed expectations.
The Groupon was $20 for $40 worth of stuff, and at first, I thought I’d just get a higher-priced bottle of wine, but when I stepped into that place, my jaw almost dropped. Not only did it have a ridiculous amount of wine, but there was so much food!! They had a deli and a ton of gourmet food.
Instead of going for the higher-priced bottle of wine, I opted for 3 bottles that were about $12, and two small chocolate bars.
Here are the details on the wines:
1. Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon “Reserva” 2007, Maipo Valley Chile – “Santa Rita has proven it can do it all from $7 varietal wines to $50 blends. The winery’s sweet spot, though, is in its midrange reserve wines. The 2007 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon has a distinct somewhereness, a sense of place that is not California. The result is an expressive, balanced and persistent wine. Its aromas recall ripe, black fruit, plums and fine herbs, gracefully combined with vanilla, cloves and fragrant spices.”
2. Loriella Pino Grigio 2009, Friuli – “A perfectly balanced Pinot Grigio from Italy’s Venezia. This wine is rich and velvety with flavors of pear, orange, and melon with a hint of almonds. Crafted entirely in stainless steel, the result is a wine with delicate fruit and a soft crispness that will harmonize with a wide range of dishes. A great wine with seafood or light appetizers.”
3. San Pietro, Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, 2009 – “Straw yellow color. Nose has excellent intensity with rose and ripe fruit tones. Immediate intense aroma supported by a good structure that makes the aromatic persistence longer, well-balanced. Serving suggestions: Shell fish, soft cheese, as an aperitif, with desserts.”
Organic Dark Spicy Aztec Chocolate Bar – Spicy & sweet, classic Mexican ingredients make this deep, dark bar an unexpected revelation. 55% cocoa content Organic Dark Chocolate Bar with cayenne, pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon
My Thoughts: I didn’t get the spicy taste until after I swallowed my first piece, and then the kick really came in. The pumpkin seeds also were a yummy addition to the chocolate. Definitely a hit!
Organic Milk Sea Salt and Almonds Chocolate Bar – High cocoa-content milk chocolate & roasted organic almonds dusted with grey sea salt — an enticing combination! 38% cocoa content Organic Milk Chocolate Bar with sea salt and almonds
My Thoughts: Paul and I both liked the fact that there were almonds in this bar, but there was just way too much sea salt. It almost killed the entire chocolate taste. It was an interesting bar, but I wouldn’t try it again.
I don’t plan to break out the wine unless there’s a special occasion (aka Valentine’s Day!).
Now, I’m off to get a workout in. Yesterday, I ran a 5K in 32:26 which is a personal best! I’m so proud that I was able to come back from my injury in a couple weeks. Thank you to everyone who gave me encouragement and lots of tips!
Do you use Groupon? If so, what’s the best deal you’ve ever gotten? Have you ever tried any funky chocolate?