Like the transformation from boy to man, grapes graduating into winehood become more robust, gain complexities, and are far less likely to use bendy straws. Enjoy the elixir of adulthood with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two wine tastings at The Olde Wine Cellar in Olmsted Falls (a $20 value). Groupon users must call ahead for reservations.
Specializing in bottles from small-production boutique wineries, The Olde Wine Cellar quenches sip-seeking palates with a large selection of whites, reds, rosés, and more. Wine tastings, held 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, change themes every week to give sippers a big gulp of fermented knowledge. Learn about refreshing wines to drink during hot summer months with the summer reds tasting, or attend a blind tasting session, in which visual deprivation removes prejudices against the wine's color, origin, or sudden appearance on your shirt. Each tasting furnishes imbibers with six samples complemented by plates of cheese and crackers to cleanse the palate between swigs.
Peruse the calendar of upcoming tastings to determine which theme best suits your bacchanalian preferences. While throwing back grapey goblets, be sure to inspect the correlating tasting notes, which will verify perceptions of floral bouquets and clandestine love notes written in crayon. Housed in a rustic wooden building, The Olde Wine Cellar's cozy interior offers a great place to socialize, and the spacious back porch, which overlooks Plum Creek, provides comfortable seats from which one can meditate on satisfying tannins and disheartening wine stains.
7990 Columbia Rd.
Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138