Wine-tasting technique demands that you first swirl the glass, then take a sip, and then very slowly dribble wine down your chin so that the rest of your body can taste it. Imbibe elegance with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for a wine and cheese tasting for two (a $50 value)
- $49 for a wine and cheese tasting for up to four people (up to a $100 value)
Seating times are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Visitors snack on cheeses paired with four samples of red and white wines inside the winery's tasting room. Though the selection of wines rotates, it may include award-winning wines such as the 2007 Chateau St. Jean reserve merlot, which Wine Advocate gave 93 points to and described as “a structured wine endowed with considerable energy and vibrancy.”
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.