Being wined and dined is often a precursor to big requests, such as "Can you finish this jug of wine for me?" or "Would you sign my petition to install a municipal wine fountain?" Compromise just the right amount of judgment with this Groupon.
- $75 for a three-hour vineyard gazebo rental for two to eight guests (a $150 value)
Guests bring their own picnic meals to the vineyard gazebo, dining in the open air among the vines. The package includes a complimentary wine tasting and education program.
Like the tail feathers of its peacock mascot, Narmada Vineyards is best described by the colors on display at the 51-acre winery. Foremost is the verdant green of the vines, contrasted with the purple grapes and clear blue of the neighboring lake. Then there are the wines themselves, ranging in hue from deep burgundy to bright peach. And finally, there's the metallic sheen of the winery's numerous awards, an avalanche of gold from contests such as the San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Of course, a winery can't thrive on looks alone. Combining a background in chemistry with her discerning taste, winemaker Sudha Patil concocts a range of reds, whites, and dessert wines that pair readily with food. The majority of the winery's ingredients are grown on the property, with the remainder sourced from Virginian growers. These handcrafted vintages, producing a modest 3,000 cases per year, are poured inside a rustic tasting room decorated with leather couches, hardwood furniture, and large windows.