An interest in fine wines makes for appropriate cocktail-party banter, and is generally better received than glass gobbling, pocket fermentation, and challenging a vintner’s horse to a drag race. Take the high road with today's Groupon for a ticket to Coachella Wine Festival in Indian Wells at the Miramonte Resort & Spa. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get a ticket to the Just Desserts Soiree on Friday, April 15 (up to a $30 value).
- For $24, you get a ticket to the Grand Tasting wine tasting on Saturday, April 16 (up to a $49 value).
- For $24, you get a ticket to the Grand Tasting wine tasting on Sunday, April 17 (up to a $49 value).
The Coachella Wine Festival introduces grape neophytes and oenophiles alike to a spectacular range of delectable fermented beverages and cuisine from California and beyond. The spectacular vista at the Miramonte Resort & Spa, where the festival is located, causes unprepared visitors to subject one another to vinous spit-takes. Taking place from 7:30 p.m.–10 p.m., the Friday evening dessert tasting presents ambrosial sweets and wines, both sparkling and still, carefully paired by an elite team of epicurean matchmakers who guide diners around such rookie pitfalls as combining éclairs with horseradish schnapps.
The Saturday and Sunday Grand Tastings, which take place from 12 p.m.–4 p.m., regale visitors with a parade of fine grape-concoctions and cuisine prepared by renowned area chefs. Showcased vineyards include Californian outfits such as 19th Hole Wines from Russian River and Bianchi Winery of Paso Robles, as well as Solsticio, an international cork wizard based in Argentina. The crack culinary chemists presenting their exquisite fodder include The Grove Artisan Kitchen, an ever-changing hub of locally sourced sweets and savories, and The Pastry Swan Bakery, whose avian creations take flight on a buttery breeze under the warm desert sun. Additional exhibitors display jewelry, boutique apparel, luxury autos, London-trained dolphin butlers, and other high-life necessities.