Like Mike Tyson, wine is usually robust, is often boxed, and should never influence tattooing decisions. Imbibe the spirit of a champion with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a wine tasting, cheese and chocolate pairing, and tour for two at Neck of the Woods Winery in Langley (a $47 value).
Crafted entirely with British Columbia grapes culled from Fraser Valley and Okanagan, Neck of the Woods Winery's libation selection tantalizes tongues during tasting and pairing sessions. Tours of the winery escort voyagers through the winemaking process, from overseeing the vineyard and the breathtaking Fraser Valley surroundings to imbibing finished products in the tasting room while watching tiny ships sail into empty bottles. Tastings satiate consumers with five samples, choosing from red, white, rosé, and sparkling concoctions, such as merlot, riesling, or zweigelt. Glasses of Neck of the Woods' red or white Nosey Neighbour or their blanc de noir sparkling then prod taste buds for the latest gossip while patrons partake in hearty helpings of crackers, three kinds of cheese, and Brix chocolate that pair well with the wine and food-rainbow decor scheme.
Neck of the Woods Winery
With Langley's picturesque countryside as its backdrop, Neck of the Woods Winery concocts red, white, and sparkling wines using grapes grown primarily in the surrounding Fraser Valley. The facility takes advantage of the area's cool climate–which is similar to that of Northern France and Germany–to oversee the entire production process from pressing to bottling. After spending quality time with their maker or a court-appointed barrel, products migrate to store shelves throughout Fraser Valley and Vancouver, or stay right at home in the winery's tasting room. There, visitors pass through daily to sample the varietals, or hang out in the showroom, warmly stocked with rustic casks and a crackling fireplace.