In a proper tasting, wine must be held up to the light to gauge its color, tossed on a cat's back to judge its acidity, and sipped through a crazy straw to annoy the host. Become the toast of any tasting with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a wine tasting for two (a $20 value) at Cellars of Sonoma, located in Santa Rosa.
The seductive aromas and complex flavors of handcrafted, small-production wines from nine local vintners coalesce within a charmingly rustic ambience for a tasting experience as unforgettable as the lingering finish of a 2002 merlot. Patrons arriving before 6 p.m. can ask a grape-savvy staff member for one of four flight-tasting options, each with a sophisticated quartet of wines grouped by varietal. A light-hearted collection of crisp chardonnays plays intricate chords of fruit and oak across the palate, and a dark foursome of red wines croons sultry verses to swooning taste buds. A set of pinot noirs and a diverse Start to Finish collection round off the sampling options, each of which provides a whirl of whiffs like a scratch 'n' sniff wine pamphlet.
The value of this Groupon can apply toward the purchase of two bottles of wine ($18¬–$48/bottle), thereby waiving the tasting fee. A commitment to providing small-lot wines distinguishes Cellars of Sonoma from its wine country counterparts, just as mellowed tannins distinguish a calm cabernet from a high-strung sauvignon blanc.
Only one flight tasting option will be available after 6 p.m.
Cellars of Sonoma
Situated in the Railroad Square Historic District, Cellars of Sonoma's quaint storefront gives way to a warm, lofted interior where wines from nine boutique vintners flow. Single tastings or themed flights offer flavorful introductions to a selection of more than 60 bottles. As visitors sidle up to the carved wooden bar, they can sip crisp Pinot Noir with hints of cherry, or try a bright, clear Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of lime, banana, and honeysuckle.
Historic Railroad Square Association
133 4th St.
Santa Rosa, California 95401