Climbing society’s ranks requires sought-after aristocratic skills such as the ability to distinguish between complex varietals and warm, sugary Kool-Aid. Tastefully savor sips with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a wine tasting for two and one bottle of wine valued up to $30 at Domenico Winery (up to a $40 value) in San Carlos.
Domenico Winery summons the powers of handpicked grapes from some of the finest vineyards in California to craft award-winning wines. The brainchild of gifted wine maker Dominick Chirichillo, these full-bodied wines cull grapes from lush vineyards in Napa Valley, Amador County, Russian River Valley, and the Lost Isthmus of Cabernet. With five different wines included in each tasting, thirsty drinkers can wet whistles and tongue flutes with reds, whites, and dessert wines from a list of 20 varieties, with notable standouts such as Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir and Amador County Barbera. The tasting room is an invigorating haven of old-world charm with a 24' mahogany bar, gold fixtures, and rounded tables clad in flowing burgundy cloth. Knowledgeable pourers are available to guide tasters through the intricate flavors and answer questions about which wines are best decanted before serving and which pair best with fresh jellyfish.
This Groupon also includes one bottle of wine priced at or below $30, such as the coveted '05 Napa Valley meritage, which is permeated by the soothing flavors of cassis, tobacco, blackberry, and bell pepper and can be paired well with rib eye, various aged cheeses, and a 24-carat-gold crazy straw. Groupon holders may also take an additional 25% off wine purchases made on the day of the tasting.