True wine connoisseurs teach themselves to distinguish varietals, identify flawed bottles, and cry pure chardonnay. Become one with the grape with today’s Groupon to Pulchella Winery in Newhall. The winery is open Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get a full-flight wine tasting for two (a $20 value).
- For $19, you get a full-flight wine tasting for four (a $40 value).
- For $36, you get a full-flight wine tasting for eight (an $80 value).<p>
Pulchella Winery’s winemakers and certified sommeliers pour a variety of blended and single vineyard wines crafted from Paso Robles grapes, each with a limited production of 100 cases or fewer to ensure complex flavors. Guests congregate in the charming, dragonfly-themed tasting room to sniff, swill, and sip a medley of approximately five red wines, such as the D’épaisseur Mélange, a bright blend of grenache, syrah, and grapes that have proven they play well with others. A selective variety of single-vineyard ferments includes Bella Collina vineyard’s aged cabernet sauvignon and a zinfandel crafted from dry-farmed grapes in Golden Cloud vineyard’s undulating fields. As they sip, tasters can learn about regional history and distinguishing wine characteristics such as each varietal’s astrological sign. The tasting room does not offer food, but allows patrons to bring their own snacks or order in from surrounding restaurants. Wines by the glass are also available for purchase after the tasting.
Winemakers Steve Lemley and Nate Hasper know that you can’t make interesting wines from uninteresting grapes. That’s why the creative duo behind Pulchella Winery actively sources all of the winery’s Paso Robles grapes from small vineyards that exhibit singular characteristics often overlooked by high-production wineries. These rare traits lend a depth of flavor complexity to the boutique wines that has resulted in a strong cult following.
Fermented either from single varietals or blends of grapes that have proven they play well with others, each small-batch vintage has a limited production of 100 cases or fewer. Visitors to the winery can sample these rare ferments in a dragonfly-themed tasting room managed by a certified sommelier and often frequented by the winemakers themselves.