Wine was once such an expensive commodity that the rich conspicuously spilled it on their golden capes instead of wasting it in their invisible stomachs. Afford enough wine to braggadociously spill it with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a Prestige wine tasting for two at Argyle Winery in Dundee (a $44 value).
A favorite of Wine Spectator and other media outlets, Argyle Winery handpicks small batches of grapes and crushes them the next day to ensure award-winning flavor in all of its vino varietals. Take a fermentation-loving friend to experience a seven-course sipping session including the peachy Nuthouse chardonnay and its pear-kissed older brother, the Spirithouse chardonnay. Three pinot noir varieties—the Reserve, Nuthouse, and Spirithouse—range in flavor from rich raspberry and earthy spiciness to a subtle yet rich floral bouquet that invokes memories of kissing your prom date and then devouring her corsage. Finish the tasteful excursion by popping the cork on Knudsen Vineyard brut and Blanc de Blancs to toast a successful tasting and inspire bubbly after-after-dinner conversation.
Knowledgeable wine sages guide oenotasters as they sniff, swill, and sip locally cured vintages in the comfortable tasting room before returning to the real world, where sipping from multiple glasses provokes rescinded Christmas dinner invitations.