Like choosing a prom date, choosing a favorite wine necessitates sampling a variety to determine which one will produce the nicest bouquet. Enjoy the fruits of competitive courting with today’s Groupon: for $38, you get a wine-tasting package for two (up to a $77.40 total value, including tax) at Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria. The package includes:
- Two wine tastings of five wines and one premium wine per person with souvenir glasses (a $14 value)
- One cheese-and-chocolate tray to share (a $10 value)
- Two glasses of wine of choice to pair with cheese-and-chocolate tray (a $12 value)
- Two bottles of wine to take home (one red and one white; up to a $35 value)
- Choose from the following wines: Hot Dish red, Unity, chianti, Raspberry Road, Peach Street, East, West, South, North, apple blueberry, apple cranberry, extreme apple cranberry<p>
Tended by the talented, friendly winesmiths of the Bredeson family, Carlos Creek Winery spreads across an idyllic 150 acres, growing a bounty of delicious, award-winning grape and fruit wines. Guests hoist souvenir glasses in the cozy, earth-toned tasting room to toast their choice of five award-winning wines, with a host of different styles and flavors of vino. After a sumptuous liquid sampling, visitors engage on a culinary quest of rich chocolate and cheese morsels, accompanied by a trusty sidekick of a glass of wine of their choosing. Finally, visitors leave with memories of an enjoyable outing for two, as well as two bottles of their choice of flavorful aged grape or fruit squeezings.
Carlos Creek Winery
When woodcarver Kim Bredeson crafted a mantel for an employee of the Robert Mondavi Winery, he received a bottle of Opus One as thanks. For Kim and his wife, Tami, the bottle uncorked a five-year fascination with wine that culminated in the Bredeson's purchase of Carlos Creek Winery. On grounds surrounded by five lakes—Ida, L'Homme Dieux, Miltona, Darling and Carlos—the Bredeson's plant unorthodox grape varieties such as King of the North and Petite Pearl, all of which can withstand temperatures 30 degrees and below. Those grapes eventually yield Carlos Creek Winery's award-winning wines, including the riesling-like Wobegon White and the pinot noir-inspired Marquette, a triple gold medal winner at the sixth annual Mid-American Wine Competition.
As Kim leads tours of the vineyards and complementary tours through Carlos Creek Winery's indoor production area and wine cellar, the staff distributes samples and souvenir tasting glasses in the tasting room. Guests can tap their toes to year-round live music every weekend or explore the winery's expansive grounds, which include bike trails, a 3.5-acre maze, and a giant garden chess set, ideal for convincing Bobby Fischer he's shrinking. Every third weekend of September, Kim and Tami amp up the festivities with their Grape Stomp and Fall Festival, where visitors can stomp grapes, admire blown glass and chainsaw carvings, and laugh along to live comedy shows.
6693 County Rd. 34 NW
Alexandria, Minnesota 56308Get Directions