The year a wine was produced can dramatically increase its value, especially if it came from an era when bottles were still made from leopard pelt. Taste the past with this Groupon.
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- $13 for a wine tasting for two with two souvenir glasses (a $26 value)
- $24 for a wine tasting for four with four souvenir glasses (a $52 value)
The tasting includes seven samples of the winery's current releases, including a full-bodied 2007 reserve Merlot, which balances its ripe cherry and blueberry flavors with an earthy finish. The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc was aged in neutral French oak, lending a rounded, toasty mouthfeel to the relatively soft notes of pear and honeydew melon. Visitors also receive a 25% discount on any purchases made during the tasting.
Even while running the Studio Grill in Hollywood, Ardison Phillips committed himself as an artist and a winemaker as well as a restaurateur. He bolstered the grill's menu by adding his own private-label wines in 1976, and their popularity with diners inspired him to found McKeon-Phillips Winery in 1982.
The winery continues to embrace Ardison's legacy by crafting single-vineyard wines with the same dedication to approachable New- and Old-World flavors. Although the selection emphasizes Bordeaux-style wines, including single-varietal bottlings of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the current winemaker also experiments with robust Nebbiolo and silken Pinot Noir.
Besides creating crowd-pleasing wine, the staff also pays homage to Ardison Phillips's work as an artist by adorning each bottle with vibrant, impressionistic labels. The tasting room even functions as a gallery, featuring a rotating display of works by local artists and extraterrestrial postmodernists.