Many people are intimidated by wine's subtle flavors and endless varieties, but did you know that it's actually just juice made from vodka-infused grapes? Learn other things my cousin told me about with this Groupon.
$29 for a Wine-Appreciation Class, Tour, and Tasting ($150 Value)
During a 2.5-hour wine-appreciation class, groups of 20–50 guests guzzle down factoids on the wine-crafting process, starting with how the vineyards are maintained and moving into how each varietal is harvested, crushed, fermented, and aged. A tour of the winery, equipment on view, and historical tidbits about Temecula wine country pour further education into open ears before patrons get to taste wine samples, which are coupled with freshly baked breads, italian salami, and cheese.
Wine-appreciation classes are held on Fridays, twice per day on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Mondays. Participants must call ahead to reserve a spot.
Cougar Vineyards and Winery
Specializing in Italian varietals, Cougar Vineyards and Winery sprawls across 17 acres of land on the De Portola Wine Trail, cultivating an ever-growing selection of specialties such as vermentino, aglianico, pinot grigio, and brachetto. Patrons can sample a consistently rotating arsenal of flavors inside a tasting room that’s open every day of the week, or take their wine education a step further by taking a tour of the production facility or helming a tell-all interview with one of the grapevines. Cougar Vineyards also plays host to a variety of events every month, including live musical acts on Saturdays.