To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a wine tasting for two at Briar Rose Winery in Temecula (a $50 value).
Nestled in the picturesque scenery of Temecula Valley, this 3-year-young winery has already racked up an impressive 50-plus international awards for its handcrafted, small lot, artisan wines. Each seated tasting lasts about an hour and allows sippers to imbibe the fruits of six or seven of the winery's most coveted pours, such as the blackberry-tinged 2004 cabernet franc, the green-apple- and vanilla-infused 2009 fume rose, the peachy, floral-noted 2009 viognier, and more. While they sip, sniff, and swill, imbibers will also get to soak up a wine education from the staff sommelier, who sheds light on the complexities of the ancient fermented beverage and on how to use an empty wine bottle to diffuse a bomb. After the tasting, head over to the Briar Rose wine shop, where many of the winery's most popular potables are available for purchase at a 10% discount for Groupon guests.
Originally built by Disneyland artisan Beldon Fields in the 1970s, Briar Rose Winery's charming estate was modeled to resemble a cottage from the age-old fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm. Grab your prince, princess, or least grumpy dwarf and give taste buds a glimpse into a forgotten time when wine flowed like water and cartoons were unmarred by the Hays Code.
Briar Rose Winery
Though they loved wine, Les and Dorian Linkogle didn't move to Temecula for the grapes; and even though their land was home to one of the largest, oldest olive trees in the city, they didn't move for the landscape. They moved to give their son a place to ride motocross, but in time the siren song of the vines got through to them. In the late 1990s they planted acres of grapes—Viognier, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Riesling—to ship to other vintners. However, it wasn't long until the Linkogles began handcrafting small-lot artisanal wines of their own under the banner of Briar Rose Winery.
Soon, Briar Rose Winery's vintages began racking up accolades and awards in international competitions. All of the winery's wines are unfiltered with no sugar added, and many are aged in oak barrels. Guests can literally taste the fruits of these labors at the winery's tasting room, sipping Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and The Talking Frog, a wine lager, that you become a prince when you drink it.
41720 Calle Cabrillo
Temecula, California 92592Get Directions