WineStyles allows guests to imbibe a variety of distinct wine blends in a rustic environment designed to resemble an Old World wine cellar. Each reservation treats a pair of tasters to an ever-changing sampler of six carefully selected wines from vineyards all over the globe. In the store’s friendly atmosphere, taste buds can mingle with an array of intriguing flavor profiles that can be chattered about later while the rest of the mouth is busy whistling show tunes. If a particular varietal catches customers' eyes, they need only spill a few drops on their shirt, and the expert staff will happily sniff out a corresponding bottle for purchase.
Tarsitano's Artisan Winery used to be a dairy farm. "But I would rather squeeze grapes than cows, so I started a winery," Ken Tarsitano says. This isn't the only reason Ken turned his 17 acres—which has been in his family for five generations—into a vineyard. His grandfather, Michael Tarsitano, "always had something bubbling away in his cellar," and it was Grandpa's ability to transform elderberries, apples, and even dandelions into wine that inspired Ken.
Today, Ken is the owner, vineyard manager, and winemaker at his eponymous winery and vineyard, whose 25 grape varieties have been organic since its 1998 inception. Wine isn't the only thing visitors dine on here: winery goers savor flatbreads and cheese plates. Tarsitano's Artisan Winery even hosts events, such as moon-viewing parties, where guests gather to launch sky lanterns in the light of a waxing moon.
Old Firehouse Winery ferments more than 20 full-flavored vinos along the glistening shores of Lake Erie. Diners can admire the dining room with its shelves of glossy wine bottles to the gently lapping lake. Visitors can opt to purchase sweet and dry wine tastings ($1 for two tasting trays), which each include 10 samples of single-grape and blended varietals. After sampling the full range of sweet and juicy concords to dry and full-bodied chambourcins, duos can imagine how each exquisite vintage would look inside their souvenir wine glasses and how advantageous the imprinted corkscrews would be during a close-range jousting match. In the warmer months, patrons can swill, sniff, and sip from a romantic lakeside overlook on the outdoor tasting patio and supplement the winery outing with a ride on a historic ferris wheel.
Brewmaster Nick Rosich handcrafts eight varieties of beer inside Rust Belt Brewing Company's small-scale fermentation room. Supporters of the brewery can corroborate loyalty claims with a souvenir T-shirt ($15) or baseball cap ($20) or simply tattoo faces with fan mail. A pint glass ($5) or growler ($10) festooned with the rustic logo clutches innumerable bubbly brews in its chilled depths. Though not included in this Groupon, all of the brewery's concoctions are available for purchase, including the Irish red ale, blonde ale, stout, and IPA.
Carnage in the Corn at Maize Valley Market and Winery is a six-acre corn maze full of twists, turns, and frightful sensory escapades. A vast growth of corn sorghum, field corn, and forest paths create a seasonal labyrinth that will have your blood developing goose-bumps as you turn each corner in unknowing darkness. Carnage in the Corn employs no actors or gross-out techniques lifted from such horror films as Man, Blood, There's Blood, Man; the unknown nature of the maze and the darkness are all that it takes to strike terror in participants of this sprawling center of the spooky. The maze is designed for kids of all ages, within reason, as actual babies are likely to go feral if exposed to fresh air and cornstalks for more than a few minutes at a time.
As they walk through Fusion Steakhouse’s two crimson doors, diners immediately enter a family-friendly scene: a black-granite bar gleams with the violet glow of the uplighting bordering the ceiling, and low leather seats line a wall intermittently set with stone tiles. In this dimly-lit dining room, tight rolls of sushi and sizzling hibachi dishes dominate a menu of Japanese standards, but dinners respect no borders. Diners can also choose from entrees inspired by the cuisine of other Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, as well as cocktails inspired from around the world.
Named "Best Wine Shop" in Cleveland five times by CityVoters, Colonial Wine and Beverage imparts the subtleties of wine appreciation during classes at its 3,600-square-foot emporium. Guided by a knowledgeable staff, oenophiles pair a dozen samples of red and white wines with a smorgasbord of hot and cold appetizers and gourmet cheese, all the while learning each varietal's unique attributes such as nose, balance, and wine-balloon splash radius. Classes are held one Saturday each month.