The best beverages all come from squeezed fruit: orange juice comes from oranges, cider from apples, and wine from the contents of still-life grapes. Learn more with today’s Groupon from Indulge Wine School. Choose between the following options:
- For $59, you get a Wine 101 class (a $129 value)
- For $109, you get a Wine 101 class for two (a $258 value)<p>
Indulge’s schedule is available online, and class locations and times will vary according to demand. Groupon purchasers must register for a class by January 20, 2012.
Indulge’s staff of educators expands wine knowledge with ease, having turned the revelry-steeped tassels of more than 1,800 graduates. Classes of 12–20 take place in private rooms of local restaurants, such as Avenue Grill, Cuvee Wine Bar in Boulder, and Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar in Highlands Ranch, and follow trained professionals through a glassy meadow of six different wines, including red, white, sparkling, and dessert varietals. Grape elixirs may include selections such as Columbia Valley’s crisp and fruity Slanted Door riesling, velvety Magness Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, and Chime Sonoma County pinot noir, which scored 91 points and one wolf whistle from Wine Enthusiast.
During the course of 2.5 hours, students swirl and sip their study materials, nibble complimentary appetizers, and fill their mental trivia tanks with factoids on the history and production of wine, different grapes, and appropriate word choices for commenting on an unfamiliar wine’s legs. Every class ends with a question-and-answer session, during which potation professors shine a light on oenophilic mysteries such as tannin content, regional differences, and how to lead a horse to wine but keep him from drinking it. Afterward, students continue to explore fermented philosophies at home with a complimentary electronic copy of Indulge’s book A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine, a food and wine-pairing chart, and a top ten list of wine-buying tips.
Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar
At Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar, there are many ways to treat yourself—more than 75, to be specific. That’s the approximate count of the international and regional wines that populate the racks at the wine bar, which earned Open Table’s 2012 Top 100 Notable Wine Lists in the USA award. Ranging from New Zealand sauvignon blanc to Italian prosecco and syrah made in Colorado, diners have seemingly limitless pairing options to complement the kitchen’s bistro cuisine: margherita classico flatbreads, fried calamari, and house-made gnocchi just to name a few dishes. The sommelier can also make wine and food pairing suggestions. As you sip and dine, the floor-to-ceiling windows provide awe-inspiring views of the Front Range and the patio offers a place to sink into plush couches beside a fire pit.