Like choosing a prom date, choosing a favorite wine necessitates sampling a variety to determine which one will produce the nicest bouquet. Enjoy the fruits of competitive courting with today’s Groupon to Old Stone Winery in Salisbury. Choose between the following options:
- For $14, you get a wine-tasting package for two (a $28 total value) that includes the following items:
- A winery tour and wine tasting for two with two take-home wine glasses (a $20 value)
- One Old Stone Winery corkscrew (an $8 value)
- For $49, you get a wine-tasting package for four (up to a $116.99 total value) that includes the following items:
- A winery tour and wine tasting for four with four take-home wine glasses (a $40 value)
- Two Old Stone Winery corkscrews (a $16 value)
- One cheeseboard and utensils (a $34.99 value)
- Assorted cheeses (a $10 value)
- One bottle of wine to take home (up to a $16 value)<p>
Old Stone Winery’s husband-and-wife team, Darin and Naomi Griffin, oversees the production of award-winning wines, crafted from 20 acres of muscadine grapes and locally sourced fruits. Winery tours and tastings begin as edifying guides usher groups of two or four through the barrel room and past stainless-steel fermentation tanks, which encase wines at various stages of development and spelling proficiency. A medley of 16 tasting wines allows sippers to sample the winery’s highly varied selection, including the small-batch 2010 cabernet franc and the Hungarian-oak-aged 2009 chardonnay, which won a silver medal during the 2009 Wines of the South competition. Tasters may also splash stemware with fruit wines fermented from North Carolina blackberries and sweet and sour cherries. Foursomes take home a cheeseboard after nibbling on or building ephemeral lean-tos with the creamy morsels atop its surface, together accompanying a souvenir corkscrew, bottle of wine, and set of glasses.
Old Stone Winery
Before moving to Charlotte and taking the reins at Old Stone Winery, Darin and Naomi Griffin lived in Germany, where they refined their palates at wine festivals in the Rheingau region. Nowadays, they pass along the fruits of their experience via wines such as their 2007 chambourcin, which won a double gold at the North Carolina State Fair, and their sweet muscadine wine, which won the 2008 Muscadine Cup. The latter was crafted from grapes grown on the winery’s 130-acre estate.
The Griffins strive to use local sources for the rest of their eclectic wine catalog, which encompasses both reds and whites in flavors ranging from sweet to dry.