Tasting events let you sample lots of wines before buying anything, which is great since they’ve started enforcing all those rules in Mega Wine Mart’s bulk aisle. Keep your hands out of the bin with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $47 for one general-admission wine-tasting pass (a $95 value)
- $89 for two general-admission wine-tasting passes (a $190 value)
On Thursday, June 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Around the World in 80 Sips lands at the Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites for an evening of tastings. Guests receive unlimited one-ounce pours in their souvenir glasses, sampling more than 80 wines sourced from New Zealand, France, and South Africa among other countries. Between sips, guests snack on Häagen-Dazs gelato, small bites prepared by chefs including William Bradley of five-diamond restaurant Addison and Jeff Jackson of AR Valentien from The Lodge at Torrey Pines, and mouthfuls of fresh ocean air.
An online wine community, Bottlenotes connects vino enthusiasts in the pursuit of discussing wines, getting recommendations, and connecting with experts. Staff members organize public interactive tastings in 10 major cities, gathering people of varying experience to sample vintages and blends from around the world or from a particular region. Each interactive event expands into creative spaces, such as art galleries and museums, emulating the ancient practice of how artists celebrate their paintings' birthdays.
Bottlenotes' online wine collection—supplied through retailer Sherry-Lehmann—gives enophiles a communal browsing space for popular tipples. To help guide purchases, the website's interactive forum lets commenters share their tasting notes and wine ratings for each bottle. A daily e-newsletter also fills subscribers' inboxes with articles discussing interesting winemakers, wine-related products, and winemaking regions, keeping them up-to-date on current wine trends and the migration patterns of grapes.