Bread is strong enough to fortify flimsy food pyramids, yet gentle enough to hug lonely condiments in a warm embrace. Cultivate a culinary cornerstone with today's Groupon: for $35, you get an artisanal-bread-making class at Dalice Elizabeth Winery in Preston (a $75 value). Classes meet at 4:30 p.m.—call ahead to schedule.
The owners of Dalice Elizabeth Winery gather budding bakers for three-hour Italian cooking classes on their verdant lakeside estate. Each class mixes demonstration with optional hands-on practice, so bread docents can sit back and observe or plunge their hands into soft dough, shaping an artisan loaf, cheesy calzones and strombolis, or a yeasty bust of Laurence Olivier. The class also covers seasonal breads that change with the thermometer; students pack the autumn iteration with Italian meats and freshly sautéed vegetables. Finally, a complimentary wine tasting, featuring a quartet of Dalice Elizabeth’s own varietals, whets appetites for enjoyment of already-baked bruschetta and crostini. Afterward, students’ confident kneading techniques can impress dinner-party guests and kitchen mirrors alike.
Drawing on a family tradition of wine-making, Dalice Elizabeth Winery seizes control of the production cycle from loamy beginning to the bottled, labeled end. After plucking grapes from tangled vines, wine wizards age nine varieties of libation in French oak barrels, crafting complex grape bloods that are still served only on site. Though not included in today’s Groupon, customers can take home a glinting bottle ($30–$80) to memorialize their sojourn to the estate or to break over the prow of their new SUV.
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.
6 Amos Rd.
Preston, Connecticut 06365