If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon: for $42, you get six bottles of wine shipped to any location in California from Mountain View Vintners (a $91.91 value, including tax and shipping).
Building on an idea that first fruited in the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France, Mountain View Vintners is one of California's first négociant wineries, curating, blending, and aging a collection of grapes from a variety of vigorously vetted vineyards to create succulent spirits. Aged 14 months in an oak barrel, three bottles of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon 2006 drop onto doorsteps, tempting palates with cherry and blueberry aromas, earthy spices, and tales of brief affairs with myriad mailpeople ($16.99/bottle). Three bottles of Monterey chardonnay 2009 jump into the mix, boasting the aromas of tropical fruits and crisp acidity ($10.99/bottle). Both wines promise to please if opened immediately but also mature nicely in the bottle, so, unlike petulant genies, they won't throw tantrums if their owners decide to wait years to release them.
Mountain View Winery
Building on an idea that first fruited in the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France, Mountain View Winery became one of California's first négociant wineries in 1978, its winemakers concocting vintages by curating, blending, and aging a harvest of grapes from rigorously vetted vineyards. Owner Angelo Pera strives to deliver a compelling product by partnering with organic growers and packaging companies and indoctrinates new or interested customers during spirit-sampling symposiums. Throughout tastings, visitors glean each grape's origin, method of production, and propensity for carpet staining.