A wine tasting is the only friendly gathering tailored to sampling and discussing the fruits of the vine, not to mention the best social event for comparing spit takes. Swish your palate with today's deal: for $9, you get a wine tasting for two, including two glasses of wine on the patio (a $4-per-person value) and two complimentary souvenir wine glasses to take home from Guilford County's Grove Winery and Vineyards.
The 44-acre winery, located 20 miles northeast of Greensboro on Brooks Bridge Road, produces a range of wines from grapes suited to the Carolina environment, such as merlot, sangiovese, nebbiolo, cabernet franc, traminette, and tempranillo. Your wine tasting for two begins in the tasting room, where you sample the selected varieties of the day (call for specific details on what’s available) under the all-grape-seeing eye of the vintners, who can answer absolutely any question regarding their hand-harvested, lovingly crafted bottles of liquid vine magic. Unlike at a stingy society tasting, you'll also receive two complimentary souvenir glasses filled with wine to drink while enjoying the pastoral setting and views from the patio.
Whether you roll up in your canoe or canter into the winery atop a noble steed, the Grove Winery will accommodate you and a date with a tasting, your horse with water, and your canoe with a nice bag of oats. Grove Winery has been toasted by the likes of the Wall Street Journal and dozens of regional media outlets, so you can be sure your bout of oenophilia has been pre-approved for unlimited flavor.
Grove Winery and Vineyards
While in Sonoma on business in 1992, tech entrepreneur Max Lloyd fell in love with the fermented grape. Though his father and grandfather had been in the business of winemaking, it wasn't until his encounter with California-grown, European-style varietals that he resolved to dabble in the family trade himself. Launched as a part-time project in Virginia and transplanted to its current location in 2001, Grove Winery and Vineyards culls its grapes from two estate vineyards that span more than 70 acres in addition to a handful of local vineyards. The staff meticulously handpicks the grapes and gently presses them with a basket press to yield their fresh milk.