Wine, multivariate statistics, and the zone defense all share at least one thing: most people don’t understand them as well as they could. Fortify your knowledge pail with today’s Groupon, which gets you an introductory wine class and signature glass at Grape Inspirations Winery for $10 (a $34 value).
Designed exclusively for Groupon, your class combines the high points of Grape Inspirations’ Wine 101 series into a two-hour Language of Wine course (a $30 value), and throws in a signature wine glass (a $4 value). The friendly, expert vintners at Grape Inspirations will first teach you how to taste wine like a sophisticated swirler with glass held aloft. Next, you’ll become a proper wine and food matchmaker, sure to never mistakenly seat a Merlot next to its sworn enemy, lime JELL-O. Finally, take a peak at the business side of wine, with tips on purchasing, storing, and serving wine. The course will also cover wine faults, the sand traps of winery, and how best to avoid them. Classes are offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday until your Groupon expires and on select Tuesdays (see sidebar). Be sure to call ahead for availability; additional classes may be scheduled based on demand.
Grape Inspirations’ owners, Ron and Joyce Shoff, have been making wine since the ‘90s, and their skill with the grape earned them Best Indy Winery awards from CityVoters for the last three years. The cozy tables and friendly environment at Grape Inspirations make it a welcoming spot to sample wine before or after your lesson. Check the wine list for descriptions of all its award-winning, Bacchic creations. Customer favorites have included the rich and spicy cranberry Shiraz and the full-bodied Red Thunder showcase wine.
CityVoters put Grape Inspirations in the top five for Best Indy Winery in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and Fun City Finder featured the wine mine for its make-your-own-bottle services. One Google Mapper gives it five stars:
- The only Indiana winery where you can actually make your own wine, Grape Inspirations boasts a wide variety of 40 different wines for your tasting and creating pleasure. After you sample the wines, you can pick which one you would like to make, and the expert staff at Grape Inspirations will help you through the process. After the wine has had a chance to ferment, in four to six weeks, you can come back and design and bottle your new creation. – Casey Brackney, Fun City Finder
- The staff at Grape Inspirations is very attentive and friendly. They have a wide selection of wines to choose from…The fruit wines are especially delicious. – awerne821, Google Maps
- I love these people! So friendly.... and where else can you and your friends make your own batches of wine, have a party to bottle, label, etc! – indywineman, CityVoter