Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $39, you get one ticket to an Wine Camp: An Introduction to Wine from LearnAboutWine.com at Loft 218 (a $79 value). Click here to view all 14 session times.
LearnAboutWine's Introduction to Wine camps teach students the fundamentals of oenology as they swish and swirl wine varietals from American and foreign producers. Over 35,000 people and three border collies have attended a 2.25-hour introductory wine camp, absorbing wine-drinking terminology and critical lessons in storing and serving as they savor glasses of vino. In recent sessions, amateur wine enthusiasts have honed their tasting technique using a 2008 burgundy from Paul Pernot and a rich 2008 Napa Valley merlot from Duckhorn Vineyards, each featuring notes of chocolate-covered cherry, orange peel, and barely audible alto sax. After learning secrets of wine production and purchasing, students gain the knowledge to speak confidently about viticulture and avoid common faux pas such as pairing a riesling with a piece of old tire.
Learn About Wine
With a mission to educate consumers on the mystifying subtleties of wine, Learn About Wine hosts more than 100 classes, trade tastings, and consumer events each year. Since its beginnings in 1995, the organization has helped more than 50,000 students deepen their appreciation and understanding of the old-world drink through socially centered programs and refined, but approachable wine-education classes. Wine Camp – An Introduction to Wine, the company's introductory course and one of its most popular offerings, encourages guests to absorb wine-drinking terminology and critical lessons in storing and serving. Regional tours lead groups through various growing regions, allowing visitors to observe processes such as fermenting and picking bottles at the peak of glossiness. Click here for a complete listing of program types.