If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon: for $14, you get a wine tasting for two and a bottle of wine at the Ramos Torres Winery tasting room in Kingsburg. Tasting hours are Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.
A Double Gold Medal award winner for its 2007 Lucas Vineyard zinfandel at the 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Ramos Torres Winery produces several Central Valley–grown wines under the direction of Oscar Ramos, who holds a degree in enology and a minor in enosophy (the study of wine's thoughts). An in-store wine tasting will let you and a beverage buddy tiptoe your taste buds through a selection of five Ramos Torres varietals and fermented concoctions, which may include the 2008 Vino Tinto, a careful blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit sirah, petit verdot, and alicante bouchet. The 2009 Conversations blends apricot aromas, muscat blanc, and the citrus sensations of orange muscat—tailor-made for sipping atop a bucking bronco. Tasters are then challenged to select between a bottle of the Vino Tinto and a bottle of Conversations.
Additionally, Groupon holders are conferred upon to earn an extra free bottle by becoming members of the Ramos Torres wine club. The anointed will receive three bottles in February, three in May, and six in November. No membership fees apply, but shipments range from $65 to $130.