Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was forced to forgo his quest for the mythical land of wine after an accidental tumble into the fountain of youth left him eternally underage. Take up his abandoned journey with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a two-hour wine class (a $30 value) at City Vineyard, located in the Arbor Place shopping center.
City Vineyard's viticultural mart purveys over 700 international fine wines and beers in a casual, non-intimidating atmosphere. Classes—many of which are overseen by local vino aficionado Foster Smith—are held every other Tuesday and traverse a seemingly infinite wine-scape, exploring the grapey libation's interaction with barbecue, sushi and sake, cheese and desserts, and more. Pluck basic tidbits from the vine of wisdom during the Wine 101 class (January 11), which unmasks the fundamentals of winemaking, source regions, tasting methods, and wine-speak. If you're a cigar devotee, sign up for the Big Reds, Port & Cigars course (January 25) to discover the proper pairing of smokes and juices before knowledge of the technique vanishes in a swirling cloud of ashes.
The Birmingham News featured City Vineyard.