Tasting wine is like kissing—it requires hours of trained instruction and smelling before it can be fully enjoyed. Pucker up with today's Groupon: for $14, you get a wine tasting for two—including two commemorative glasses, a cheese plate, and a bottle of wine—at Cullari Vineyards and Winery, located on East Chocolate Avenue in Hershey (up to a $28.62 value).
As a boutique bottler and producer of nearly 5,000 gallons of wine a year, Cullari Vineyards proudly touts an impressive list of exclusive wines. Owner Salvatore Cullari started making wines at 12 years old on family vineyards in his native Italy, after leaving the whiskey-distillery internship he snagged as a baby. Two visitors can tour the tastes of the winery with a selection of six samples each ($4 value) and a cheese plate for two ($3 value). A set of commemorative glasses ($5 value) and a bottle of wine (up to $15 value, plus $1.62 sales tax) accompany sippers home to remind them of the savory excursion and provide respite from drinking wine out of bare red-tinted hands. Cullari Vineyards' grape varieties include both viniferas (same-species crossings), such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay, and hybrids (multiple-species crossings), such as chambourcin, chancellor, and vidal blanc.
At Cullari Vineyards, the scent of grapes mingles with intoxicating wafts of cocoa from the nearby Hershey's chocolate factory, creating a fondue pot of olfactory fun. Despite this tantalizing distraction, sippers can stay the course with Salvatore's tips on formal wine tasting.
Cullari Vineyards and Winery was featured in Patriot-News.