Like choosing a prom date, choosing a favorite wine necessitates sampling a variety to determine which one will produce the nicest bouquet. Enjoy the fruits of competitive courting with this Groupon.
$39 for Wine-Tasting Package for Two ($91 Total Value)
- Sampling of 10 wines (a $20 value)
- Two 16-ounce crystal wineglasses with winery logo (a $20 value)
- Bottle of Wyland Cellars cabernet sauvignon (a $25 value)
- Bottle of Russian River Valley Chardonnay (a $26 value)
The 10 wine samples include the Wyland Cellars cabernet sauvignon, whose notes of plum, currant, and black cherry give way to complex spice and cedar. Laguna Canyon Winery's main tasting room is open Tuesday–Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is closed on holidays. The downtown Laguna Beach tasting room is open Sunday–Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday–Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Groups of eight or fewer do not need to make reservations.
Laguna Canyon Winery
Having grown up on a farm in central Canada, Marlowe Huber already knew about crop harvesting and soil when he began making wine in the early 1980s. He refined his skills still further by studying oenology in Vancouver before embarking on his first wine-business venture with his brother, Darren. Together they ran two wineries in British Columbia for 15 years before opening Laguna Canyon Winery in 2003.
Today, staffers pour out a diverse selection of Laguna Canyon wines at two tasting rooms in downtown Laguna Beach and at the winery itself. Marlowe and Darren also collaborated with marine artist Wyland to create his Wyland Cellars label, whose bottles he adorns with colorful undersea scenes. Grapes for these wines are sourced from low-yield growers in Napa and Sonoma valleys, who cultivate subtle flavors by hand-picking and home-schooling their fruits.