When wine is produced, it takes on the characteristics of the soil it’s grown in, the culture it’s surrounded by, and the people who skillfully craft it. Which is why wine tasting is one of the best ways to get to know a new region or even your own local area. Sip California’s wine tasting cards offer pairs a chance to get to know regions such as Lodi, the Sacramento Valley, and the Sierra Foothills by sipping their way through more than three-dozen wineries. Their cards also motivate holders to get out, explore, and try something new. In addition to complimentary tastings at each winery, visitors can also take advantage of tours, discounts on purchases, and unlimited gulps of fresh air.
The trainers at Muay Thai Lao Kickboxing Academy impart martial arts knowledge from both nations at the academy's Sacramento and Elk Grove locations, where punching bags line concrete walls and wait patiently for flurries delivered by padded fists. A full schedule of morning, afternoon, and evening kickboxing classes welcomes men, women, and children ages six and up. Kick-boxers of all skill levels can participate in muay-thai training to achieve a variety of personal goals, such as shedding weight or walking the path of muay-thai champion.
Golden Gourmet Catering proprietor Liza Kilgariff schools students in culinary techniques and a smorgasbord of regional cuisines during three- to four-hour cooking classes. Technique-based Thrill of the Grill sessions instruct tyros in the art of cooking comestibles over a flame, seasoning meats, and penciling singed eyebrows back in. Alternatively, embark on a culinary voyage with Szechuan, Mandarin, Hunan, and Cantonese fare in the regional Chinese class series, or learn to bundle Chinese tea dumplings in a dim sum class. Before journeying back to their collective kitchens or wood-burning toaster ovens, students sup on menu samplings and receive copies of the recipes prepared; at many evening classes, they can also purchase wines supplied by Grocery Outlet (not included in today’s Groupon).
At Premier Fitness, personal trainers and exercise gurus help clients build muscle, burn fat, and bump up stamina with a wealth of private lessons, boot camps, classes, and high-tech equipment. Members work out at any time of day or night with 24/7 access to the gym, while trainers and fellow members push each other past fitness goals with friendly, positive motivation. You can fuse fun and fitness with an extensive schedule of group classes such as Hot Hula, which isolates glutes, abs, and arms with Polynesian dance styles, or TRX, which builds balance and core stability through suspension, like tightrope walking or learning to levitate.
Similarly to the adage "where there's smoke, there's fire," where there's Latin dance music at Dynamic Dance and Fitness, there's a Zumba class in session. Certified Zumba instructor Doris Perez and her team specialize in upbeat Zumba workouts that create a lively, party-like atmosphere by setting aerobic exercise to popular tunes. The studio schedules classes six days a week, making the calorie-burning dance sessions more convenient to attend. Dynamic also hosts fitness-oriented boot camp workouts and dance-oriented bachata and hip-hop classes inside their light-green studio.
Devastating takedowns. Escapes and reversals. Lightning-fast pinning combinations. Over the centuries, the art of wrestling has endured as one of mankind's most primal sports. Today, the instructors at Elk Grove Wrestling Academy teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced wrestlers traditional practices. The next generation of grapplers are taught lessons covering the Greco-Roman, folk, and freestyle traditions. This reverence for classic techniques doesn't mean these teachers are stuck in their ways, though; the school also offers courses in fighting forms such as muay thai and MMA.