Like a mug of fine arabica coffee, a glass of wine delights the palate with complex flavors, washes away unpleasant aftertastes, and livens up even the dullest office meeting. Sample a wide variety of delicious, Powerpoint-pairable potables with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a two-day admission to the Houston Wine Festival (a $40 value). Each day’s admission comes with five drink tickets, for a total of 10. The festival takes place in Sam Houston Park downtown on Saturday, September 25, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday, September 26, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit the Texas Children’s Hospital.
This year marks the Houston Wine Festival’s inaugural outing as it kicks off an annual celebration of the venerable, versatile grape. Over the course of two days, the festival will showcase specialty food, arts and crafts, and more than 200 wines from national, international, and extraterrestrial vineyards. Guests with a two-day admission (10 drink tickets included) can amble among the magnificent trees and stunning scenery of Sam Houston Park as they sample local wines from Haak Winery (from Santa Fe) and the French-style Calais Winery (from Dallas), or try tipples from every corner of our rectangular world in the official Houston Wine Fest tent. Tasty fare from eateries such as the California Pizza Kitchen and Chocolate Truffle Shuffle will keep wine-soaked stomachs firmly anchored to earth, while the festival’s various displays of arts, crafts, and jewelries might inspire artists to use their palettes as well as their palates.
To keep your sense of hearing from feeling left out of the multi-sensory extravaganza, the Houston Wine Festival also hosts a variety of live music acts. On Saturday, swingers can jump, jive, and jitterbug to the Billie Ledbetter Orchestra—a big big-band band fronted by Billie, Billie’s trumpet, and Billie’s trumpet’s brassy voice of reason. Otherwise, dip your tortilla toes into Son Tumbao’s fresh salsa. Sunday sippers can indulge their ears in the rhythmic, bluesy sounds of Luther and the Healers. And as the red carpet unrolls for host Shelley Boozer at the start of the festival, be sure to raise a glass to friends and loved ones—they might just see you on the Houston Wine Festival’s live online stream. There’s no purchase limit on today’s Groupon, so invite along all your supervillain buddies and help them find a new beverage that they can swirl evilly in a crystal goblet.
Must be 21 to attend. No outside foods or beverages allowed. Rain or shine.