Wine-tasting technique demands that you first swirl the glass, then take a sip, and then very slowly dribble wine down your chin so that the rest of your body can taste it. Imbibe elegance with this Groupon.
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$18 for wine tasting, cheese plate, vineyard tour, and wine glasses for two ($36 value) $32 for wine tasting, cheese plate, vineyard tour, and wine glasses for four ($72 value)
Tours run daily Wednesday–Friday at 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.–5 p.m..
Jewell Towne Vineyards
Dr. Peter Oldak and wife Brenda didn't have any specific plans when they moved onto a 12-acre New Hampshire farm. But in 1982, Dr. Oldak began experimenting with growing grapes. Through years of trial and error, he began improving his techniques, and in 1994 decided to bring his operation up to the commercial level. Since then, Jewell Towne Vineyards has gone on to earn more than 100 international awards, according to CBS Boston, and its Valvin Muscat wine earned an "excellent" rating in Time magazine's list of 50 American wines.
With a growing list of accolades, Dr. Oldak and Brenda, a clinical specialist in nursing, are still hard at work perfecting their wines. The boutique and community-supported winery occupying the former farm produces upwards of 6,000 cases annually and is now sold in over 150 stores. Daily tours lead visitors along the sunny riverside slope where more than 20 varieties of American and European grapes grow, and into the processing, fermentation, and barrel rooms. During said tours, guests follow the same path as the wines, all of which are made entirely from Jewell Towne's grapes. These libations are also available for sampling in the rustic post-and-beam tasting room that, along with an art gallery with some of Brenda's own paintings, fills the former farmhouse.