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 from Four Options
- $20 for a one-hour class for 1 (a $50 value)
- $40 for a one-hour class for 2 (a $100 value)
- $59 for a one-hour class for 4 (a $200 value)
- $99 for a one-hour class for 10 (a $500 value)
Visitors can choose from a series of classes, including:
- Champagne 101
- Blending, where pupils receive three wines and seek to combine them into a tasty mixture
- Wine for Dummies
- Rhone wines, with wines from that region of France
- Bordeaux wines, with wines from that region of France
Many of these classes are accompanied by extras such as gourmet cheeses and tastings of avocado oils and balsamic vinegar. Each tasting class includes three to six wine samples. For the blending class, supplies are included, and Groupon holders can have a full bottle of their favorite mixture made for $29. Classes are held by appointment, and can be scheduled for any day of the week. All Groupon holders also get 15% off any wines they purchase during their visit, and tours of the grounds are encouraged after the class.
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.