Grape juice magically transforms into wine in the same way milk becomes cheese and a 1972 Dodge Dart becomes an even older 1972 Dodge Dart. Tipple the tasty transformation with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a guided wine tour and tasting for two plus two glasses of wine at Lone Oak Winery in Burleson (a $36.10 value). Owner Gene Estes and his wife Judy set to the strenuous feat of raising finicky grapes in somewhat unforgiving climate of Texas. But with particular pruning, vigilant hand-holding, shoot and cluster thinning, disease detox, and incessant weed whacking, they have established an award-winning line of succulent wines. Your Groupon entitles you and a date to a start to finish run along Village Creek upon their 52 acre lot with 5 acres of cultivated grapes. Wine making operations will demonstrate crush and fermentation processes while extrapolating location specific challenges to a boutique winery experiencing a staggering growth spurt. The tour ends in rustic tasting room with a covered deck and a view of the fields in which you sample five wines of your choice before ordering two full-scale glasses (regularly $3.06-$8.05 each). Noted wines include a floral muscat canelli apertif style wine and the gold medal winning 2008 tempranillo.
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.