Before it was tamed, the wild grape was the scourge of the valleys, mocking the looks of recently sheared sheep and running away with farmers' sons. Learn more shocking truths about America’s favorite stomped beverage with today's Groupon: for $47, you get your choice of one Wine Enthusiast Series wine-tasting classes at Discover Wine & Spirits (up to a $95 value). Though today’s deal is good for any course in the wine enthusiast series, Groupon holders wishing to upgrade to a more advanced class can use their Groupon and pay the difference. Boasting the title of the largest wine school in San Francisco, Discover Wine’s spirited spirit instructors pour out a high-quality education in all things fermented. The Wine Enthusiast Series diversifies palettes with a caskful of courses catering to vineyard veterans and beginners alike. In Learn How To Taste Like A Pro, novices can develop their own tastes, determining whether they prefer pinot over merlot, or Armageddon over Deep Impact. Inhale the aroma of the latest horticultural hotshots in Up & Coming Wines, or compare ticklish tongues in Discover Sparkling Wine. Each fun, focused class runs 90 minutes, and inquisitive Bacchae can view the full class schedule to peruse complete descriptions and class times before registering.
Discover Wine & Spirits Academy
Students swirl the wine in their glasses, scrutinizing the legs that form and inhaling the fragrances before taking slow, calculated sips. They hold the wine in their mouths, blindly matching the wine's notes and overtones to the 70–80 international wines they've tasted during the 30-hour advanced Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certification course. In classes such as these, the instructors at Discover Wine & Spirits Academy—many of whom hold DWS (Diploma Wine and Spirits) and WSET certifications—foster a supportive but challenging atmosphere, either by sparking complex discussions or slowly filling the room with wine. Those not training for certification helm a Wine 101 class that unveils the basics of wine history, tasting terminology, and food and wine pairing. They also lead daylong classes on specific regions to uncover the varied flavors of Argentinean wines, explore the Old-World winemaking traditions of France, or try to relate to the fatalistic neorealism of Italian wines.