Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Pair judiciously with today’s Groupon from New Jersey Adventure Tours. Choose from the following options:
- For $149, you get a round-trip tour of three wineries for 4 (a $780 value).
- For $169, you get a round-trip tour of three wineries for 8 (a $920 value).
- For $179, you get a round-trip tour of three wineries for 12 (a $1,068 value).
On Saturdays and Sundays, the winery tour guides of New Jersey Adventure Tours scoop up groups of oenophiles in a luxury passenger van and chauffeur them to three wineries. Groups name their desired pickup locations while booking their trip, and meet at the agreed-upon spots before loading up and setting off. The first stop is an approximately one-hour pause at the Brook Hollow Winery, where each group member has the opportunity to taste up to 13 wines in a complimentary tasting glass, which each sipper gets to keep and redeem for complimentary tastings for life. Next, the van stops at Four Sisters Winery while the group tastes up to 10 wines and receives a complimentary tasting glass. Tasters pick which wine they’d like to pair with a lunch of turkey sandwich, tossed salad, and a bag of chips, and then groups tour the wine cellar to get a glimpse of the entire winemaking process, from the vines all the way to empty wine bottles repurposed as grape-seed spittoons. The group then loads back into the van for a ride that lasts about 40 minutes through the Warren County countryside to Villa Milagro Vineyards, where members can opt to taste another five wines and receive a tasting glass for an additional $5.
Riders may bring along movies or highlight clips of classic tastings to pop in the van’s DVD player during rides between wineries. In addition to a complimentary mimosa per person, complimentary snacks of cheese, crackers, and potato chips are available all day on board the van. Drivers pick groups up as early as 9 a.m. for trips, which last a grand total of 8–10 hours.