Explorer Ponce de León abandoned his quest to discover the mythical land of wine after a tumble into the Fountain of Youth left him eternally underage. Take up his journey with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get two wine-flight tastings for two (a $40 value), plus $20 towards wines, at the Margerum Wine Company and Au Bon Climat Winery tasting rooms (a $60 total value).
As a significant stop on the Urban Wine Trail, Margerum and Au Bon Climat curate an experienced team of vintners who bring the best of their vineyard-grown gems to downtown Santa Barbara. Glass tippers can traverse the neighboring spaces of the Au Bon Climat and Margerum tasting rooms in whatever order they wish, guiding palates through a tasting tour that includes one full flight of wine from each winery. Flatbread and cheese plates from the nearby Wine Cask Restaurant provide ideal escorts for lonely glasses of handmade vino. In each room, guests savor the complex tastes of a flight of a rare or limited-edition vintage, from classic Burgundian-style beverages to estate-grown nebbiolo, teroldego, and petit verdot.
Both Margerum and Au Bon Climat craft premium nectars from the fruits of local vineyards in small lots, promoting unique characters and eliminating the potential for mischievous doppelgangers. In addition to two flights of winery rarities, guests can direct a $20 credit towards the purchase of any Margerum or Au Bon Climat wine, such as Margerum’s crisply refreshing V.D.P. rosé ($24) or chenin blanc ($18.75).
Santa Barbara Downtown
813 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, California 93101