If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon: for $14, you get a wine-and-cheese tasting at Dalice Elizabeth Winery in Preston (a $29 value). Tastings are conducted weekly Thursday–Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Nestled beside Amos Lake, Dalice Elizabeth Winery shares its carefully crafted wines with visitors through weekly tastings and take-home bottles. Dalice's tastings include an assortment of 1-ounce servings for swirling, savoring, and spilling to appease demanding floorboards. Selections may include the lingering chocolate molasses and fruity bouquet of the cabernet sauvignon ($29/bottle), or the old vine zinfandel ($46/bottle), providing smooth flavor and reminiscences about its seedling days. Wines for tasting will vary depending on in the winery's inventory. Sips are accompanied by portions of American and Italian cheeses, crackers, seasonal fruits, or chocolates, all carefully selected to complement the wines with delicate flavors and heartfelt sonnets.
Guests sample amid Dalice Elizabeth Winery's pastoral confines, which sport sweeping lake views and elegantly grazing sheep. After the tasting has tastily educated both palate and mind, retire to the winery's airy porch to recline in a rocker or practice tuneful glass-clinking techniques.
Dalice Elizabeth Winery
Soft breezes skip off the shores of Amos Lake, rustling through trees and across the grassy acreage that surrounds Dalice Elizabeth Winery, where second-, third-, and fourth-generation Italian Americans share the secrets of their polished craft. Having dispersed its all-natural specialty foods and wines internationally, the winery's founding family continually impresses the palates of casual indulgers and contest judges alike, churning out grape-to-bottle chardonnays, merlots, and sauvignons that cannot be found on the shelves of local stores. In addition to tastings, the winery hosts winemaking and cooking classes, during which glasses clink between aspiring chefs and vintners as they learn to entertain houseguests or polite burglars with style and ease.