Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tastings, two glasses of wine, and a pair of souvenir wine glasses at First Colony Winery in Charlottesville (a $30 value).
First Colony Winery celebrates the history and heritage of local viniculture by crafting a cellar’s worth of European-style wines. After sampling from their selection of eight ambrosias—including a tropical seyval blanc and full-bodied tannat—amid the exposed wood beams and checkerboard floors of the elegant tasting room, corral a full glass of your favorite varietal and venture onto the covered patio to savor views of sun-soaked hills while gargling the intricate melodies from Dvorak's New World symphony. Guests then go home with a pair of branded souvenir wine glasses with which they can use as drink vessels at home or as miniature hot tubs for over-indulged troll dolls.
Tastings operate any day that First Colony Winery is open. Although not included in the Groupon value, cagey tipplers can coordinate their visit with a festival, class, or relay race posted on First Colony’s events calendar. Ample parking is available, so visitors need not worry about hunting for a space or mastering the art of sedan levitation.