$49 for a Sensory Wine Experience for Two with Lunch at Cava Winery & Vineyard ($115 Value)

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Identifying different flavor notes in wine is a mark of refinement, like discerning the pedigree of a horse by its taste in jazz. Sip on singular vintages with this Groupon.

The Deal

  • $49 for a sensory wine experience for two ($115 value)

At 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, pairs sample six different Cava wines selected by the winemaker. Before sipping, duos receive instruction on how to taste and examine the wine, as well as an education on the wine-making process. The day also includes a lunch of homemade soup and pasta or soup and salad.

Cava Winery

When Anthony Riccio traced his American roots to Italy and discovered his family name on a bottle of Italian wine it sparked his interest in opening his own vineyard. Anthony named Cava Winery after the Italian word for mine, which calls forth his Mediterranean pride while also reflecting the mining history of his home New Jersey turf. Behind the winery entrance's old, weathered, wooden door, this mining theme carries throughout the tasting room where yellow walls bear artifacts such as old axes, lanterns, and black-and-white photographs depicting miners. A stone angel sculpture stands guard over freestanding wood barrels in this same tasting hall, and in the barrel room, oak vessels sit snugly between rough-hewn-stone walls.

Inside the atmospheric confines, guests sip libations while nibbling on specialty pizzas, seasonal Italian-style tapas, and bountiful meat and cheese platters harvested from nearby meat and cheese fields. A calendar of events excites palates year-round with dinners, wine-and-food pairings, and festivals, which invite guests to mingle inside or spread out over the winery's rolling fields.

Experienced oenologist Deneah Bledsoe employs UC Davis training to fashion wines from the vineyards' varied varietals of grapes, all grown in high-mineral-content soil. The roster of reds and whites, as well as fruit wines, ferment and bide their time, penning memoirs as they age in oak and stainless-steel barrels. Each wine can also achieve its own identity through Cava's custom labels, which patrons design with their own artwork and heading fonts.

In a Nutshell

Pairs learn proper ways to taste six Cava wines; they also enjoy a lunch of homemade soup and pasta or soup and salad

The Fine Print

Expires Jul 1st, 2014. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 21 or older. Must use promotional value in one visit. Wine tasting and education will last approximately 1 hour. Gratuity not included. Reservations required. Subject to availability. Valid only at 1:00pm and 4:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 24 hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.