Sommeliers are known for their ability to identify a wine’s subtle flavors, a feat they accomplish by defragmenting the molecules with the bonus taste buds in their livers. Trust their gut with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $22 for a red-wine flight with a chocolate-and-cheese plate for two (a $60 value)
- $40 for a red-wine flight with a chocolate-and-cheese plate for four (a $120 value)
Both of the above options are redeemable on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. or Sundays at 1 p.m. During the pairing session, which lasts about an hour, Justin Tatum shares insights on aging, juicing, fermenting, and bottling grapes. He welcomes questions during his explanation, but ultimately yields the stage for his guests to enjoy a sample flight of five red wines, along with a piece of chocolate and two to three pieces of cheese. After educating their palates, guests can peruse Justin’s shop, taking 5% off any wine purchases.
Malibu Rocky Oaks Winemaker Justin Tatum
Justin Tatum, head winemaker for Malibu Rocky Oaks, has produced hundreds of wines during his career. A gold medal from the San Francisco International Wine Competition adorns the winery’s 2010 syrah. A 91-point rating from Wine Enthusiast magazine attests to the strengths of a 2009 cabernet reserve, which the reviewer said “has plenty of elegant red plum and anise, and its tannins are present but not overwhelming.” At J. Hamilton Wines, Justin shares his knowledge of the winemaking process, covering a grape's journey from the vine to a year backpacking in Europe to find itself to the bottle. During the class, chatter fills the winery as he shows winemaking in action and answers questions on barreling, lab equipment, and bottling.