Grapes naturally exist in three forms: solid, liquid, and raisin. Imbibe the fruit's most drinkable state with today's Groupon to Cascade Winery. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get a wine tasting for four (a $20 value), which includes:
- Six 1-ounce samples of wine per person
- Cheese and cracker pairings
- For $12, you get $24 worth of wine
At Cascade Winery, the Bonga family lovingly craft wines from the fruits of Michigan's bountiful vineyards and orchards. During wine samplings, up to four guests can savor the tastes from six small glasses, each of which will be complemented by carefully chosen cheese, crackers. A delicious selection of reds, blushes, whites, and dessert varietals make up Cascade's cellar, including handmade vintages such as the aromatic gewürztraminer ($11), a cherry-tinged delaware from Coloma ($12), or the light, soft Symphony blush ($11). In addition to pouring out grape-based beverages, Cascade's vintners produce a wealth of specialty wines and fruit wines. The concentrate-free cranberry is made from 100 percent Michigan berries, and anyone can add zest to long days of licking envelopes by first sipping the fiery jalapeño wine ($4.50 for 187 ml, $8 for 375 ml).
Jaden James Brewery
Jaden James Brewery isn't the Bonga family's first foray into the world of sippable fermentation. In the same space where they now create specialty beers, they've spent years crafting wines from the fruits of Michigan's bountiful vineyards and orchards.
"So many people come for the wine, but we often get one half of a couple who says, 'I like beer,'" says Bob Bonga. The brewery's current selection includes a cream ale to be savored between bites of pretzels, a Russian Imperial Stout, and an oatmeal porter that Bob characterizes as "wonderfully dark, with roasted tones of chocolate and coffee." The juice of apples harvested in northwest Grand Rapids goes into hard ciders.
The family also prepares a short list of snacks for visitors. In the future, the Bongas may grow their menu further by distilling their own liquors.