If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon: for $16, you get four tickets to the 20th annual Wine Festival at Fenn Valley Vineyards & Wine Cellar in Fennville on Saturday, June 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (a $32 value).
Nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Fenn Valley Vineyards & Wine Cellar capitalizes on the water's air-warming capabilities, growing tender grapes and crafting them into award-winning wines. Their 20th annual Wine Festival takes place on the winery's expansive lawn under a 4,000-square-foot tent pitched for the occasion. Revelers deepen the connection between their ears, noses, and throats with classic rock courtesy of The Trace, traditional Mexican fare and barbecue chicken and ribs, and a palate-wowing library of wines. Guests equipped with a souvenir glass can catch a ride on a People Hauler and move between three tasting stations set up throughout the vineyard, choosing between multiple small tastes or one full glass of a Fenn Valley oeno-explosion. Reds include the delicately fruity capriccio and the more robust merlot, while whites delight with an apple-kissed riesling and an ice wine sweeter than a pineapple Gummi Bear hitting a half-court buzzer beater.
Limited seating will be available, but the winery encourages festival-goers to bring blankets, lawn chairs, or gilded thrones to ensure a comfy spot for grape sipping and tune grooving. All cases of released wines will be sold at a 25% to 30% discount (per-bottle prices are typically in the $12−$20 range) during the celebration. Enlightenment also abounds with the opportunity to compare merlot, cabernet franc, and riesling varietals alongside their reserve counterparts, some of which won't be released until summer 2012.
6130 122nd Ave.
Fennville, Michigan 49408