For $17, today’s side deal gets you a wine tasting for two, including two wine glasses and a $20 bottle of wine at McLaughlin Vineyards (a $34 total value). With six quality wines to taste (four white, two red), sippers can satiate salivating taste buds and nourish coils of brain matter with detailed descriptions of each varietal, all the while swirling and sniffing straight from their very own etched wine glass.
Part of the Connecticut Wine Trail network of wineries, the 160-acre operation houses 15 acres of vineyards, hiking trails, a sugar house, sugar maple trees, a 50-acre wildlife and bald-eagle sanctuary, and acres of rolling hills for the perfect wine-sipping setting. Wine experts will detail the history of the vineyard as well as the varieties being sampled. The extracted juices of chardonnay, vidal blanc, aurore, seyval blanc, cayuga, cabernet franc, sauvignon, and merlot grapes create the vintner's signature blends, exclusively used in lieu of ink to sign all official McLaughlin documents. Be sure not to overlook the discreet entrance to this diamond in the rough; the experience is worth the eyestrain. This Groupon includes $20 toward a bottle of wine of your choice, which may be applied to a more expensive wine.
- McLaughlin Vineyards in Sandy Hook takes full advantage of its gorgeous 162-acre site...My favorite here was Coyote in a sapphire blue bottle, a semidry white wine with a hint of green apple. – Ellen Albanese, Boston.com