The Après Wine Company in South Lake Tahoe was recently voted the Best Wines by the Glass by the Tahoe Tribune. It's easy to see why, the Après Wine Company not only serves great wine, they know what kind of wines they are serving. Après serves over 50 wines from their Enomatic wine-dispensing machines and they sell another 300 plus in their store.
They also serve food in their cozy bar area and have a small gift and wine shop. Après celebrates the fun aspect of wine and that reflects in the atmosphere of their bar: it's casual and friendly and doesn't have that typical wine bar snobbery.
Apres sells over 300 bottles of wine in their shop — Photo courtesy of Apres Wine Company
You can always taste their selection before buying, and the best time to do that is during their Happy Hour or one of their special events. The Après Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to closing. For the wine machine, the bar offers wine cards that you can put money onto and then swipe on the Enomatic. The machine pours a sample into your waiting glass.
Après also offers small dishes of food to go with your wine samples. They offer items like Lemon Chicken Picatta, Salmon Cakes, Polenta with Tomato Relish, Stuffed Figs and Strawberry and Tomato Bruschetta. During the happy hour, many of the food items are around $4 each. On Friday and Saturday nights, Après has a 4 course menu for only $44.
Salmon with Berry Compote — Photo courtesy of Apres Wine Company
Their other special events include Tasting Tuesday that includes five wines, three appetizers and bottle discounts for $20 and Sunday Sippers every Sunday at 5 p.m. where you can try six wines for $10. They also have a Guys Night Out! every Monday through football season and a Girls Night Out! every Thursday. Reservations are recommended for most of these events during the high seasons.
Take your wine on the slopes or to the lake — Photo courtesy of Apres Wine Company