An in-depth knowledge of wine can enliven humdrum dinner parties, just as an in-depth knowledge of dynamite fishing can enliven foundering job interviews. Give palates an executive education with today’s Groupon to Downers Grove Wine Shop. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get a wine-tasting class for two (up to a $20 total value).
- For $19, you get a wine-tasting class for four (up to a $40 total value).
- For $28, you get a wine-tasting class for six (up to a $60 total value).
Downers Grove Wine Shop's Bacchus-like employees lead an assortment of specialized wine-tasting classes to illustrate to patrons how they can best sip and savor different styles of fermented grape juice. Customers can pick a class based on their level of wine knowledge, categorical preferences, or mid-sip pinky-lifting tendencies. The Wine Tasting 101 class caters to novice gulpers looking to sample a variety, and sessions focused on liquids such as sweet wines or Italian wines allow seasoned swirl-and-sniffers to hone new corners of their vino vernacular. An assortment of appetizers accompany each class's six to seven 1-ounce pours, bringing out new flavors and preventing bored teeth from chewing on other patrons' lapels.
Most 90-minute wine-tasting experiences top off at 30 students, ensuring that every pupil receives enough adult juice to share with a ventriloquist's dummy. The first class will take place on Saturday, September 24, and subsequent classes will generally take place every other Thursday and on Saturdays; check the website for details.
Downers Grove Wine Shop
Surrounded by yellow walls and gleaming bottles of fine wines and craft beers, patrons test new additions to the store's inventory during tasting classes. At sessions accompanied by light appetizers, knowledgeable staff members pour samples of six select wines and explain what makes each wine unique and how its flavor profile will pair with entrees or desserts. In addition to libations, the store's wooden racks hold wine accessories such as aerators and bottle decorations and gift baskets filled with chocolates. Custom label creations are also available to personalize bottles for weddings, anniversary celebrations, or protection inside the office refrigerator.