What You'll Get
Thanks to cartoons, many Americans believe that the correct way to taste wine is to take a sip, then witness something so shocking that it causes them to involuntarily expectorate. Skip the spit takes and sample wine correctly with today's Groupon: for $35 you and a companion get a private VIP wine tasting with hors d'oeuvres ($70 value) at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood.
During Chateau St. Jean’s VIP wine tasting, customers can fill their fine Riedel glassware with select reserve vino varietals produced on-site and around the Chateau St. Jean vineyards. The knowledgeable tasting leaders will share the history of the estate and vineyards while guests relish foods that naturally accompany the featured wines. The tasting patio—usually reserved for club members and illustrious zeppelin captains—overlooks the scenic hills and flourishing gardens of the 90-year-old chateau, which has harvested award-winning wines for more than 30 years. Restored in 1973, the Chateau was placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation and still provides an idyllic French countryside backdrop for clinking glasses and romantic alpenhorn serenades.
- They are always consistent. I have probably tasted here five or six times and their wines are a very good value. – Erin S., Yelp
- I love this winery! The atmosphere is so beautiful and relaxing. They have a wonderful wine selection and the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. They also have nice sandwiches and snack items to purchase for a picnic outside. One of my favorite wine venues in Sonoma. – Jason C., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 18, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Reservation required. 24-hour cancellation notice or Groupon is forfeited. Tastings occur at 10:30am, 1pm, and 3pm, and last 1 hour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Chateau St. Jean
Nestled at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge, Chateau St. Jean's idyllic 250-acre estate fills with the soft hush of broad grape leaves rustling in the sun. Hedges of waxleaf privet shelter well-manicured gardens, where firework-like bursts of hydrangea sway beneath courtyards and tasting rooms. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren strolls among the trellises, checking on the grapes, which hang heavy with sugar on the vines. She has spent the last 32 years overseeing the harvests at Chateau St. Jean, producing wines that have earned significant praise and awards. Wine Spectator gave the St. Jean Cinq Cépages cabernet sauvignon 93 out of 100 points, calling it “complex, layered, elegant and refined, with cedar cigar box, tobacco, currant and black licorice—trim and tapered.”
The wines fuel jocund chatter in the fully restored chateau, which was originally constructed as a summer home in 1920. In private rooms as well as outside on the sun-drenched deck, glasses click together with the soft jingling sound xylophonists make in their sleep.