The year a wine was produced can dramatically increase its value, especially if it came from an era when bottles were still made from leopard pelt. Taste the past with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $49 for a wine-blending workshop for one with one bottle of wine (a $110 value)
- $89 for a wine-blending workshop for two with two bottles of wine (a $220 value)
The hands-on workshop begins with a brief introduction to the ins and outs of sipping, followed by a tasting. After participants sample three component wines—cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc—they experiment with blending to create their own signature variety. Students then select their favorite formula to be bottled, corked, and given a personalized label. Classes are typically held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 1 p.m.; click here for additional information.
Oak Mountain Winery
Steve Andrews, a builder of off-road racecars, and wife Valerie Andrews, a painting contractor, never thought of winemaking as more than a hobby. Yet when one of their house blends boomed in popularity, they happily accommodated demand by planting varietals on 40 acres of high Temecula Valley hillsides. The husband-and-wife team now ferments a diversity of grapes—such as petit verdot, malbec, and cabernet sauvignon—into regionally focused wines using American-made gear, including barrels harvested from French oak but assembled in the U.S. and varnished with the juice of a cheeseburger.
Staff conducts tastings and classes in the main room, a Quonset hut construction with Tuscan accents, or on a sprawling glass-enclosed pavilion overlooking Temecula Valley's rolling green hills, where musicians also wrangle free-range harmonies on weekend afternoons. Tastings often incorporate rare, seasonal cheeses, chocolates from McCall's Toffee Company, and various flavored balsamic vinegars such as fig, apple, and dark cherry. The winery also produces avocado oils infused with roasted garlic, chili, and blood orange, chosen for their health value and mild flavor, much like exercise books.
Oak Mountain Winery is a dog-friendly vineyard, with proceeds from some canine-centric wines—such as 2009 Pete's Sake red—going to Cause for Paws, which helps dog owners pay for canine diabetes treatment.