Grapes naturally exist in three forms: solid, liquid, and raisin. Imbibe the fruit's most drinkable state with today's Groupon: for $18, you get a wine-tasting experience for two at Breezy Hills Vineyard & Winery in Minden, Iowa (a $37 total value). The experience includes:
- Complimentary tastings of five wines
- Two souvenir wineglasses (a $3.50 value each)
- $30 worth of wine at the gift shop
Winner of the Daily Nonpariel's 2011 Reader's Choice Award for Favorite Vineyard, Breezy Hills Vineyard & Winery sits nestled among panoramas of the lush, rolling countryside of the Loess Hills and boasts 17 different dry, sweet, and semisweet wines, all carefully concocted with grapes grown in the cool climate of the Midwest. During complimentary wine tastings, people sample five of the winery's eclectic varietals, such as the 2009 frontenac, a medium-dry, lightly oaked red woven with notes of black cherry. Semisweet concord wine teases palates in preparation for the full-blown sweetness of German-style edelweiss, in which tropical citrus flavors swirl like tears inside a whirlpool. After building a scale replica of the Egyptian pyramids with the included souvenir glasses, oenophiles head to the well-appointed gift shop, where work from local artists surrounds full bottles of wine and an arsenal of accessories. Rhubarb wine ($12/bottle) and the chocolate-infused raspberry flavor of the Guilty Pleasure ($15/bottle) tickle tongues without grapes, while 2009 St. Croix dry red ($12/bottle) keeps juicy orbs from being used by Lilliputians as juggling balls.
Breezy Hills Vineyard
“How do you take your coffee?” asks Andy Morse, son of Breezy Hills Vineyard owners Darrell and Roberta Morse. “We ask people that a lot.”
Here’s what they’ve learned: people who take cream and sugar usually prefer sweet, fruity wines, and black coffee drinkers tend to go for robust, smoky red wines. The staff starts with this simple question because they understand that wine tasting can confound the novice. No snobs, the Morses start off new wine drinkers by introducing them to the basics of tasting and then allowing them to explore for themselves the unique sensory experience of their 17 locally made wines. Handcrafted elixirs such as their popular Misbehavin'—which blends red and white wines to create the pale blush of a sunburned ghost—pair well with the vineyard’s delectable plates of chocolate truffles and nuts.
31735 Tamarack Rd.
Minden, Iowa 51553