If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon: for $7, you get a wine tasting for two and two souvenir glasses at Baldwin Vineyards in Pine Bush (a $14 value).
Founded by owners Patricia and Jack Baldwin on the site of a 215-year-old estate, Baldwin Vineyards encompasses 35 acres of verdant pastures and produces 15 craft wines. Visitors can immerse their senses in eight selections from the grape crafters' repertoire, including the creamy chardonnay, the medium-bodied merlot, or the embers, a fruity red wine named for its admiration of FDR’s fireside chats. The award-winning strawberry dessert wine douses sweet teeth with flavor, and anthony's vintage boasts a hint of raspberry and light sparkle. Each tasting duo gets a pair of souvenir glasses to keep the sipping classily contained at home.
More than thirty years ago, Patricia and Jack Baldwin plunged the stakes of their first vineyard into the fertile soil of their newly purchased parcel of land. By 1985, the couple was hard at work building the foundation for what was becoming a successful microwinery and began to create a many different varietals, from their velvety chardonnay to their tart black-raspberry wine. Today, the vineyard produces more than 15 wines, including spiced apple and the beloved strawberry wine, which has won Best Fruit Wine at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition several times. Baldwin Vineyards also sponsors a Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festival, which showcases the pairing of its wines with desserts during tastings. Baldwin Vineyards is a second-generation winery, now owned and operated by Pat and Jack's daughter Wendy and her husband Alex.