Fruit wines are like the songs of John Lennon: evoking images of tangerine trees, strawberry fields, and gibberish-speaking walruses. Get into some deep tracks with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get a wine tasting and souvenir glasses for two plus a bottle of Category 5 white sangria from Panama City Beach Winery (a $34.05 value).
The fermentation specialists at Panama City Beach Winery craft their lush tinctures from a cornucopia of Florida produce, winning over the taste buds of various competition judges across the country. During the 30- to 45-minute tasting, guests can cleanse their palates with 10 to 12 of owner Larry Honeycutt's delicious concoctions, a bacchanalian cascade that includes everything from banana and guava to carrot and blueberry sparking. Honeycutt will talk guests through the individual characteristics of each libation, detailing cocktails and ideal pairings such as banana wine and peanut butter or tomato wine and bad comedians. Beverage testers will leave with a pair of souvenir wine glasses emblazoned with the palm-tree logo and a bottle of Category 5 sangria.