Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de León 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 $10, you get four tickets to a Friday-night wine tasting (a $20 value), plus a 20% discount on wine and merchandise and 10% discount on beer at City Vineyard, located in the Arbor Place Shopping Center.
City Vineyard's viticultural mart purveys more than 700 international fine wines and beers in a casual, non-intimidating atmosphere. On Friday nights it dons a bow tie and invites the city's grape enthusiasts to hobnob throughout its store and patio. Live music, ranging from blues to jazz to Top 40 pop to Norwegian black metal, soundtracks the event, which also features hors d'ouevres to nosh on while sipping the grapey libations. The wines on display change weekly, but recent tastings have included the Trimbach riesling, Durigutti malbec reserva, and the Mount Veeder Winery cabernet sauvignon. The 20% discount on any purchases made during the event can be used on glassware, decanters, picture frames, props from the set of MAS*H, as well as items from the vineyard's extensive selection of potables while the 10% discount applies to a selection of gourmet beers.
The Birmingham News featured City Vineyard.