Learning to discern the tastes of different wines is a valuable social skill, much like dancing or remembering the names of people's imaginary friends. Expand social acumen with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a two-hour wine class at Cardinal Hollow Winery in North Wales (a $50 value).
Cardinal Hollow Winery's two-hour Wine Education class demystifies wine through a tour of its facilities, a tasting, and a lesson on the history and process of winemaking. Follow the tumultuous journey of winemaking from growing and harvesting grapes to crushing them and trapping their juices in barrels, before releasing the sweet, fermented nectars to the masses. Equip palates with discerning taste buds in a casual sipping session, and pocket the tasting glass as a complimentary souvenir. Libations are balanced by a spread of snacks and sturdy table legs, as sippers absorb lessons on wine and food pairings.
Cardinal Hollow Winery
Chris, Cardinal Hollow Winery's owner and winemaker, ferments more than 2,000 gallons of juice each year to fill the facility's wood-paneled, cabin-like interior and its tasting room with more than 25 innovative varieties of the potent potable. Both independently and as part of the grape-cobbled highway of the Montgomery County Wine Trail, Cardinal Hollow invites visitors to wet their whistles at tastings and nourish brain orchards in classes. A two-hour lesson includes a full tour of the facilities such as the tasting room, which can be rented for parties of up to 100 people. Along with a tasting, guests will be given an overview of the history and the process of winemaking. During the class, oenophiles sink incisors into salty cheese and crackers while absorbing lessons on wine-and-food pairings at a bar that's supported by sturdy wine barrels. Guests can also peruse Cardinal Hollow wearables at the winery’s retail shop or groove to the live music that permeates the air about once a month.