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 $20, you get a tour and tasting for two, including two large wine glasses to take home, gourmet chocolates, and 15% off wine purchases, at Gilstrap Brothers Winery, in Cove, Oregon.
The Gilstrap family handcrafts casks of delicious fermented fruit juice at their boutique grapery, which gazes out on the Grande Ronde Valley. Although the Gilstraps cultivate grapes primarily from various Washington state growers, they also grow their own French-hybrid grape on-site. Depending on availability, red aficionados might sample the full-bodied 45 Paradise cabernet sauvignon ($21.99/bottle), which befriends taste buds with flavors of cherry and plum, or slurp down some Rescue Dog, which saves lives by filling mouths with a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah ($19.99/bottle). End tastings with a sweet desserty coda of 45 Passion syrah ($17.99/bottle) and a selection of fine chocolates. After the tour, you'll have a better understanding of how the winery transmogrifies nature’s produce into vintages.
When schedules allow, the Gilstrap Brothers’ winemaker will visit with guests to provide extra viney insight. Visitors can also pack up a picnic lunch and pair BYO-comestibles with fine wine and finer views alongside the neighboring pond.