An in-depth knowledge of wine can enliven humdrum dinner parties, just as an in-depth knowledge of dynamite fishing can enliven foundering job interviews. Give palates an executive education with today's Groupon for a wine education class at Lone Oak Winery in Burleson. No alcohol is included with this Groupon. Choose from the following options:
- For $40, you get a wine education class for two (an $80 value).
- For $72, you get a wine education class for four (a $160 value).
- For $96, you get a wine education class for six (a $240 value).
The agricultural experts at Lone Oak Winery keep oenophiles wondering with their odds-defying arbor of red wines that emerge from the difficult-but-rewarding Texan landscape. In casual, hour-long wine classes, up to six sidle up to a table and sit in rapt attention as 20-year vine veteran Joye Cooksey imparts lessons in some of the subtler aspects of tippling, like how to pair sips and sups, and the difference between fine wine and poor vinegar. Classes are customized to student's particular curiosities, and each lesson is enriched with a complimentary selection of authentic Italian hors d'oeuvres.
Lost Oak Winery
Gene Estes suspects that growing up in the "dry" precinct of Abilene, Texas, may have inspired his alcohol-based ingenuity; he crafted his first batch of wine from Concord grape juice when he was just 23. Years later, after holding various pharmaceutical jobs and putting to use his Masters in Microbiology, Estes's interest in wine re-emerged with a full and passionate force. Today, as the president and vintner of Lost Oak Winery, Gene works alongside resident winemaker Jim Evans to craft a host of award-winning wines. Among them is the 2012 Viognier, which scored a double gold in the renowned San Francisco Chronicle International Wine competition—meaning all five judges awarded the varietal with top scores before gilding the bottle twice in molten gold.
The winery itself offers both guided and self-guided tours, offering visitors a glimpse into the wine-making process complete with samples straight from oak barrels. Additionally, special events draw guests to the lush grounds for live music and wine club events.