Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was forced to forgo his quest for the mythical land of wine after an accidental tumble into the fountain of youth left him eternally underage. Take up his abandoned journey with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two glasses of wine (up to $14 value), two wine tastings ($6 value for 14 one-ounce tastings), and 10% off a bottle of wine at Captain's Walk Winery downtown (a total value of up to $20). Captain's Walk bottles Tasters Guild-acclaimed, small-batch red and white wines and hosts lighthearted, enlightening tours through their elegant grapestitution. Bring a date or post-work companion to the tasting room, which features an antique 1920's speakeasy style bar and a view through the glass floor of the cellar below with water bent French oak barrels. Or rest on a plush sofa or armchair in the study-styled private lounge to sort out who stole the royal postmaster's sapphjre letter opener. Standard varietals include the tropical and buttery chardonnay and the black fruit-infused merlot. Disappearing Treasure, a desert blend of late harvest varietals, exudes rich essences of pear, honey, and transience.
Captain’s Walk Winery
Brothers Aric and Brad Schmiling cultivated a passion for viticulture while growing up on their parents’ Italian-style winery. After moving to Green Bay, the duo set out to remedy the area’s winery deficit by founding Captain’s Walk Winery, where trained vintner Aric produces small-batch wines in water-bent French-oak barrels. Situated in a restored pre-Civil War building, the facility entices eyes with old-fashioned design features, including plaster crown moulding, an antique tasting bar, and a television from the eighteenth century. During the summer months, an on-site herb garden mimics the flavor and aroma profile of each wine, and a year-round tasting room offers guests an unpretentious glimpse into winemaking with laid-back tastings and a cellar viewing window carved into the wooden floor.