Wine stored in a bottle gets better with age, whereas a message sent in a bottle is the best way to avoid exorbitant stamp prices. Empty your own glass envelopes with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a wine tasting for two at Yamhill Valley Vineyards in McMinnville (a $35 total value). The package includes:
- Tasting flight with five wines (a $10 value), which includes:
- 2008 pinot blanc
- 2008 pinot gris
- 2008 pinot noir estate
- 2008 pinot noir reserve
- 2009 riesling
- Tasting of 2009 Tall Poppy pinot noir (a $10 value)
- Two embossed wineglasses (a $15 value)<p>
Yamhill Valley Vineyards’ 150 acres of grape-growing estates rustically backdrop a tasting room where oenophiles lead sampling tours through the winery’s vintages. Visiting duos show off glass harmonica skills as they play through flights, each consisting of wines poured from Yamhill’s collection. Swigs of the 2009 riesling tease palates first with a taste of honey that morphs into pear tart, and glasses of the 2008 pinot noir delight the eye with a vibrant garnet color that doubles as makeshift rouge. While pairs taste, ample sunlight filters into the tasting room, setting into deeper contrast the winery logo embossed onto each of the souvenir tasting glasses. Winter wine-tasting hours are Thursday–Monday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and Groupon purchasers will also receive 20% off non-sale items.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Past a covered gate, a dusty road rambles through row after row of heavy vines at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, leading back to the winery and rustic tasting room that overlooks the rolling hills. At the 150-acre estate in the foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range Mountains, Yamhill's viticulturists grow, produce, and bottle all of their own grapes. The vineyard’s specialty pinots comprise the majority of tasting flights, which can be sipped in the sunny tasting room or on the outdoor picnic area, complete with a deck.