To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get one bottle of wine from Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy (up to a $39.90 value, tax included). You are free to select any bottle of wine, but varieties are limited to the stock on hand.
The vineyard at Kirigin Cellars, located in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley wine region, has been cultivated since 1916, making it one of California's oldest wineries. Kirigin Cellars is home to several varieties of whites, reds, and sparkling wines. Its most popular grape nectar is the dessert wine Vino de Mocca ($19.90), which is sweetly infused with coffee, chocolate, and a hint of orange to form a tincture that some dub "The Kissing Wine" and others call "The Cootie Spreader." The 2006 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.90), like beloved entrepreneur Bruce Wayne, is ultra rich, ultra smooth, and flavored with the finest grapes and oak. The Malvasia Bianca ($17.90) diffuses a flowery and grapey aroma with a slightly sweet flavor that delights the senses and often precipitates auditory hallucinations of tinkling chimes. Cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and zinfandel are painstakingly shepherded from pasture to barrel and combined to form the Estate Red ($14.90).
Kirigin Cellars is home to a devoted batch of vineyard experts and wine connoisseurs. Winemaker Nikola Kirigin-Chargin learned his craft in his native Croatia and has been producing his grape juice for grown-ups from this historic vineyard since 1976. Kirigin Cellars also employs winemaker Allen Kreutzer, a 33-year veteran of the industry who has garnered prestigious accolades from the Orange County Fair (one of California's largest wine competitions) and the San Francisco Chronicle. Winery owner Dhruv Khanna professes a love for the American passions of drinking and stick-based sports named after the conscience of Pinocchio; Khanna created the area's first cricket pitch at Kirigin Cellars and has since added soccer fields, where the haunting blasts of vuvuzelas are often heard on calm nights. Stop by Kirigin Cellars for complimentary tastes of signature wines and a free, one-minute explanation of the 42 laws of cricket.
Must be at least 21 years of age.
- We went there and tried some of the Vino de Mocca--- it was fabulous! – A Yahoo! contributor, 06/10/08
- If you get anything from this vineyard, the Vinno De mocha [sic] is your choice. – Steve Y., Yelp
- I love the tasting room and very friendly customer service. Great wines to choose from. – Jennifer H., Insider Pages