Wine is a consummate prankster—it tricks people into silly-looking dance moves, dehydrates those who drink too much, and often fools large gatherings into believing it is toast. Discover the secrets of this enigmatic potion with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two wine tastings at Jaffurs Wine Cellars (a $20 value).
At tastings held daily from June to August, Jaffurs Wine Cellars tempts oenophilic tongues with five Rhône varietals. Growers in the fertile Santa Ynez, Santa Rita, and Santa Maria wine regions carefully cultivate the future intoxicants on small lots, observing high farming standards and ancient Bacchanalian rituals. With a limited production of about 5,000 cases each year, Jaffurs' winemakers can thoroughly inspect each individual grape, screening out overripe fruitlets and anthropomorphized raisins. The results are red and petite syrahs, grenache, and mourvedre wines that play pleasantly atonal chords of fruit across the palate, an aromatic white viognier with floral and peach intonations, and other varieties that croon seductive verses to receptive taste buds. A private tasting appointment, necessary for groups of more than six, may incur an additional fee ($5/person).
Located blocks from the beach, Jaffurs Wine Cellars pairs its fine selection of wines with ocean breezes for a potent remedy to any sweltering summer day. All wines are crushed, pressed, cellared, and bottled at the downtown facility, where UB40’s “Red Red Wine” plays on constant loop to ensure mellow vibes and tannins.