What You'll Get
To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a wine tasting tour for two and a $20 gift certificate (a $30 total value) at Las Flores Family Winery in Terra Bella, about 35 minutes north of Bakersfield.
Las Flores Family Winery produces fine, handcrafted wine from local grapes. Two chums can enjoy a tasting tour (a $5 value per person) of the small boutique winery. Use the complimentary glass to taste the 2007 syrah ($16), whose liquid character sparkles with the honorable tastes of peppery spice, vanilla, and darkish berries, pairing perfectly with beef, lamb, veal, or hard cheese. The One Night Stand—a blend of merlot, tempranillo, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon ($20)—takes its name from the winery owners’ bedroom, which only has one nightstand. A superb all-purpose table wine, it features flavors of cherry, black pepper, and oak. Tongues will gladly wrap themselves around the light and fruity 2008 chardonnay ($17).
The result of three generations of winemaking, Las Flores is operated by Nicholas and Cody Flores, who work hard to support the local community, minimize their carbon footprint, and suavely squish grapes. From harvesting and crushing to bottling, everything is done by hand to create high-quality wines. Walk-ins are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call to schedule mid-week tastings.
Participants must be at least 21 years of age.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 14, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Walk-ins available Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; all other days available by appointment only. Must be 21 or older. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.