Making friends can be difficult as an adult, as you can no longer entice potential pals with your pog collection or pass notes across the cubicle asking coworkers to circle their feelings about you. Socialize like a grownup with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get one ticket to Hallowine at Dalice Elizabeth Winery in Preston (up to a $40 value; a $30 value for guests who arrive in costume). The festivities take place on Friday, October 28, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. All net proceeds benefit the Backus Hospital Stroke Center.
A boutique winery positioned on the scenic shoreline of Amos Lake, Dalice Elizabeth celebrates Halloween with an evening of dancing, music, and gourmet food prepared by the winery’s chefs. Costumed guests can compete for prizes between rounds of supernatural swaying, and oenophiles have a chance to purchase some of the vineyard’s highly acclaimed vintages, which are currently unavailable for sale elsewhere. An assortment of spooky, all-natural snacks seduces palates with the herbs, sauces, and edible portraits of Caravaggio that have made the winery's cooking classes so renowned, and bottles of wine—sold to benefit the Backus Hospital Stroke Center—honor the winery’s cofounder, Dalice Elizabeth.
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.