In a proper tasting, wine must be held up to the light to gauge its color, tossed on a cat's back to judge its acidity, and sipped through a crazy straw to annoy the host. Become the toast of any tasting with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a punch card good for one tasting each at nine wineries from the McMinnville Downtown Wineries Association (a $110 value). The punch card is not valid at the Edgefield Winery at Hotel Oregon.
Renowned for its artisan wines and varietals of pinot noir, the McMinnville Downtown Wineries Association whips taste buds into flavorful frenzies with elegant quaffs that highlight the pure grapes of the region. Each winery rotates its tastings, featuring a different lineup of four to six distinct libations, and tasters can count on different swig selections at each location, as every winery serves its own unique potables. Blossoming sommeliers step up to their glasses and test their scent sensors under the guidance of professional drink detectives, aiding their efforts to detect possible notes of cherry, dark chocolate, discontinued Skittles flavors, and spice laced throughout each beverage. All of the wineries lie within walking distance of each other, meaning all nine tastings can be used in the same day without the use of a gyrocopter.