During Prohibition, wine bottles could only be used to set afloat desperate messages begging for other countries to send wine. Rejoice in answered pleas with today’s Groupon: for $60, you get a private champagne and wine tasting and a vineyard tour for up to 10 people at Clinton Vineyards in Clinton Corners (a $200 value).
Since 1977, Clinton Vineyards has employed traditional French methods to produce award-winning champagnes, table wines, and dessert wines that have been embraced by Bill Clinton and his family. Up to 10 grape-lovers can drink in an intimate afternoon of sampling six to eight selections of oenological entertainment with no risk of overhearing strangers giving away the wine's finish. The palatal perambulation makes stops at refreshing champenoise-style sparkling wines, the crisp, citrus-toned seyval blanc table wine, and dessert wines, including the peach-tinged Romance and the black-currant cassis, named Best in Class at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. During the visit, guests will sample the sights of 100 acres of rolling hillside dotted with historical Dutch barns, a life-size horse made from Hudson River driftwood, and a monster-free reflecting pond.