Like choosing a prom date, choosing a favorite wine necessitates sampling a variety to determine which one will produce the nicest bouquet. Enjoy the fruits of competitive courting with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $12 for a wine tasting for two with a cellar tour, cheese of the day, and take-home glasses (a $24 value)
- $23 for a wine tasting for four with a cellar tour, cheese of the day, and take-home glasses (a $48 value)
Tastings are available at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Fridays and 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Hosts inform learners about the winery’s vinifera and French-hybrid grapes, imbuing guests with knowledge, just as alcohol imbues karaoke singers with confidence. Sippers taste one of each wine on Haight-Brown’s menu, which may include a riesling, chardonnay, Honey Nut Apple, and Covertside White. The staff at Haight-Brown Vineyard lead group tours of the cellar throughout the day. After sampling the cheese of the day, visitors can take a keepsake glass home to remember their wild outing learning about wines and the vineyard where they were cultivated.
Since opening in 1975, Haight-Brown Vineyard has churned out 2,000 cases of grape-based libations each year from its nearly 10-acre vineyard and welcomed visitors into its rustic, cottage-like wine house. Emphasizing vinifera and French hybrid grapes, the state’s first-established winery creates a selection of wines that include the Big Red, a bold syrah; the Morning Harvest, a rich malbec; and Honey Nut Apple, a traditional apple wine that incorporates local honey and cinnamon. Vintners share their time-tested expertise during regular classes that teach aspiring oenophiles about a variety of vintages and techniques for cheese and chocolate pairing. Amid the tasting room’s wood accents and crackling stone fireplace, customers sample vintages and attempt to describe taste sensations with adjectives such as “silky” or “very different from milk.”