When viewed up close, red wine is actually purple, white wine is actually yellow, and rosé wine is actually full of thorns. Recalibrate your palate’s color wheel with today’s Groupon to Blue Mountain Vineyards, located in North Wales and New Tripoli. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a vineyard tour package for two at the New Tripoli location (a $50 value), which includes:
- Tour and tasting class
- Two souvenir glasses
- $10 towards merchandise (excludes wine)
- For $39, you get a two-hour vertical wine-tasting class for two at the North Wales location (an $80 value).
Regularly earning medals from the International Eastern Wine Competition and the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Blue Mountain Vineyards’ 50 acres of ever-ripening grapes nurse European varietals in American soil, aided by the Napa-like soil and weather conditions of their home range. The 20- to 45-minute vineyard tour explores a portion of the terraced landscape as guests hone their horticultural knowledge through questioning their knowledgeable guide or interviewing one of the more talkative grapes.
Afterward, the group retires to the glass-encased or outdoor deck to train their palates in the appreciation of some of the winery’s award-winning varietals, such as the medium-bodied 2008 merlot or the off-dry 2011 riesling, each more flavorful for the vast and tumbling backdrop of the mountains rising above the steeply stepped grounds. Glittering glasses emblazoned with the wineries’ logo accompany guests home, full to the brim of tasty memories or stolen scoops of fresh mountain air. A $10 credit toward items in the gift shop burns holes in pockets until put toward the acquisition of gourmet foodstuffs and wine paraphernalia that range from basic essentials such as corkscrews to more advanced knick-knacks such as decanters and aerators.
Alternatively, a pair of palates can take a deep dive into the intricacies of cabernet sauvignon in a two-hour tasting class. Known as a vertical tasting, five vintages of the wine from 2004–2008 stand side by side, inviting eager tongues to ferret out the subtle differences created from bottling to bottling. Participants learn to target the qualities that indicate a grape had a particularly stellar year while ignoring nonessential indicators, such as the fact that Cabernet Sauvignon always has its birthday party at Disney World. A smattering of hors d’oeuvres accompanies the tastings to offset each sip with a little salty sustenance.
Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars
Joe and Vickie, the owners of Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars, are pinot pioneers. Beginning with a 5-acre experiment in 1986, they discovered that the soil of the Lehigh Valley does a fine impression of French terrain, making it suitable for growing the grapes of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and other European varietals. Since then, they've expanded to a 50-acre plot, where they now produce wines that have won awards from the Fingerlake International Wine Competition and Appellation America.
Panoramic views of the Blue Mountains overlook scenic terraces at the vineyards, where grapes spring from soil that soldiers roamed during the Revolutionary War. Tastings, concerts, and other events fill the winery's glass-flanked deck, from wine-and-chocolate pairings to wine-and-more-wine pairings. Many of these gatherings spill out onto a patio surrounded by tranquil ponds. Visitors can admire the vines during tours and adopt their favorites to preserve the vines' flavorful histories.