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Today’s Groupon will open your heart to acceptance and education with a wine class of your choosing at Cellar Rat Wine Merchants for $20. You and your friends can learn tannins and grape genealogy at KMBC.com’s 2009 Best Wine Shop in the Kansas City area.
Taught only by certified and well-mannered wine connoisseurs dressed in rat costumes, Cellar Rat Wine’s five wine classes will enhance your random quip of wine-poeticism when drinking wine in the company of listening people. Choose one of these classes or buy additional Groupons to attend multiple classes:
- Wine Essentials: A crash course in wine, teaching the five S’s of tasting and the eight major families of wine. You will learn the stories of the classic grapes that traveled to your cup.
- Sensory Evaluation Workshop: Acquaint your palate with six wines and 48 common wine aromas and flavors. Learn how to truly describe through words and pictograph your flavorful and aromatic experiences with wine.
- Old World vs. New World: Taste 12 wines that traverse the globe and time from the European Old World to Australia’s and the America’s New World twists. See how cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and other wines differ from one region to the next.
- $10 vs. $100: Like an exciting quiz show, blindly taste seven wines ranging in price from $10 to $100 to see who’s charging too much and who’s asking too little.
- Blind Tasting 101: Bypass the prejudices of labeling and categorizing your wines. Take a sightless sip and truly explore the flavors and textures from the ground-up to cultivate your wine-sense.
Today’s Groupon can be bought as many times as you’d like so you can attend one class, two classes, or take part in the entire curriculum. New calendars for upcoming months are posted on a monthly basis: the calendars for December and January are hot off the digi-presses. Wine will follow and haunt you at all fancy events and holiday gatherings. Now you can surpass the merlot mumblings of your boss and blow away Aunt Mildred from Tallahassee with your refined taste and wine vocabulary.
The Cellar Rat has been featured in Food & Wine Magazine and is Kansas City’s CityVoter Best Wine Shop for 2008 and ’09: > * A wonderful selection of wines in a inviting atmosphere. This is the kind of place that one can expand their wine repertoire. [sic] – John Perkins, CityVoter > * Great staff, great selection, amazing specials. Theirs is the first email I open when it shows up in my email, because it always brings something fabulous. – tbinkc, CityVoter > * Top notch establishment servicing everyone from first time wine buyers to seasoned collectors. – walterbleser, CityVoter
How to Properly Taste Wine
For total wine enjoyment, the wine drinker must engage in a multi-step process designed to reveal the wine's flavor, body, and unique characteristics with each sip:
- Give the wine in your glass one of three names: "Gary," "Darryl," or "Garryl."
- Bring the wine glass to your right eye and stare deeply into it for at least 30 minutes until you can no longer tell where the wine ends and you begin.
- Starting with your left pinky and moving right, fully submerge each of your fingers into the wine glass until all fingers are in the glass.
- Take a sip and slosh it around. When someone gives you some surprising news, spit it out.
- Put all of the wine from your glass into your mouth, but don't swallow. When all the wine is in there, open your mouth and say, "Keys. Once angry keeping flagrant." Enjoy the wine that is left in your mouth.
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Cellar Rat Wine Merchants
Each of the wines on the shelf in Cellar Rat has been vetted by the staff—nothing is sold to the public unless the staff would drink it or use it as a substitute for milk in cereal. The resulting more than 800 wines, 70% of which are less than $20, make for tasty everyday and special-occasion beverages, as do the number of premium spirits and handcrafted brews stocked alongside the wine.
Cellar Rat’s vino experts do more than just discern the difference between good and bad wine; they also teach others how to do so during wine classes that delve into the intricacies of tasting. They even make pairing suggestions for the artisan cheeses, gourmet cured meats, and pate also sold in the boutique shop.