Wines, like shoes, chromosomes, and the Hardy Boys, function best when paired. Learn the art of potable pairing with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a wine-tasting class for two at Desert Moon Vineyards in Englewood (a $60 value).
At Desert Moon Vineyards, people dabble in the art of nosing, tasting, and pairing wines cultivated in the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains. A sommelier leads three classes in the winery's Old World barrel room, which is strewn with aromatic oak barrels and wafts of fruity fermentation. During each 90-minute session, students sharpen their palates and hone their nosing abilities to the level of an oenophile bloodhound, while imbibing four samples of vino and noshing on snacks. The Learning To Taste class establishes a firm tasting foundation with instruction on sight, smell, and flavor identification, and pairing classes match libations with cheeses and chocolates as participants master how to harmonize flavors like a conductor leading a choir made up of cupcakes. Peruse the winery's selection of locally made wine and take advantage of 10% discount on wine and gifts purchased in the tasting room and 20% off cases of your preferred fermented flavors.
Desert Moon Vineyards
Desert Moon Vineyards, named after the founders watched a full moon rise over the Grand Mesa, inspires palates with wines grown in a 10-acre vineyard and nearby Colorado plots. In the arid Grand Valley countryside, the vino experts harvest cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah in small batches with sustainable farming methods, such as minimal spraying and hand picking.