Just like high school, fine wines have their own social pecking order, from the rugged, athletic malbec to the wallflower zinfandel that reveals itself as a knockout after removing its glasses. Enjoy some vaunted vintages with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two tickets to a wine tour and tasting (a $50 value) at Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan, about four hours northeast of Windsor.
Gold medal finishers at the Canadian and Ontario Wine Awards, Flat Rock Cellars gives tongues a sumptuous licking with distinguished bouquets of grape-derived goodness and mouthwatering views of the Jordan Bench landscape. Led by a staff of enthusiastic oenophiles, the winery tour whisks guests into the belly of fermentation to spy the winery's state-of-the-art, five-level gravity flow workings that process gentle grape nectars with minimal handling and zero nagging. As the mysteries of Flat Rock Cellars' origins and winemaking are revealed, jot notes in your brain-pad, then wash them away with sips of wine varietals, such as pinot noir, chardonnay, or riesling with a friend at your side. Then, repose on the veranda to drink in the expanses of land that gave birth to these sweet concoctions and to thank the sun for its selfless gifts unto grapekind.
Five Google Mappers give Flat Rock Cellars a perfect five stars: