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Ticketholders sip fine California-grown Zinfindel and Cabernet Sauvignon from wineries such as Dry Creek Vineyard

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Promotional value expires Sep 2, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Tasting Pass Expires on 9/1/14. Online redemption required. Reservations may be required. Please check with winery before visiting. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

Beaujolais: White Wine in Red Clothing

You’re unlikely to find, say, a 2007 Beaujolais Nouveau on the wine list here—or anywhere. Read on to learn why.

For years, the third Thursday in November filled wine shops everywhere with a particular exclamation: “Les Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” The official slogan has changed, but the sentiment remains. The end of harvest season marks the arrival of the youngest of an already-young style of wine, aged only seven to nine weeks and almost irreverent in its bright, berry-like flavor. The rest of the year, lovers of sweet wine can enjoy a vintage that’s as old as nine months. Some call Beaujolais “the only white wine that happens to be red,” and like a white wine, it should be served slightly chilled, although it’s less welcome at black-tie water-balloon fights.

The Grape That Grows Up Fast

It’s not just the grape, the sweet Gamay, that makes a Beaujolais so frisky. The secret is carbonic maceration. Juice first ferments inside the hand-picked, unpressed grape itself, aging quickly through interacting with the grape skin. After fermentation, the new wine is left to its own devices in tanks or in small oaken barrels, just long enough to enrich the Beaujolais’ robust fruitiness with floral and spice flavors.

RedAwning

Not everyone who goes on vacation wants to stay at a hotel—they’d prefer the extra space and full kitchens of a vacation rental. But picking out and then actually reserving and paying for a rental property can be tricky, which is why Tim Choate founded RedAwning.com, a website that brings the benefits of easy hotel-style reservations to vacation rentals. RedAwning.com offers thousands of rental properties in the US, Mexico, and Costa Rica, including studio cottages and houses with hot tubs, pools, and six or more bedrooms. A live reservations staff is on hand to answer questions both before and after you book your stay, and a concierge gives you access to exclusive perk cards and discounts on everything from wine tours to ski-lift tickets to spacecraft rentals.

Customer Reviews

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David L. · March 31, 2013
Very easy and free wine tasting!!
Kevin B. · January 13, 2013
Had a great time. The wine tasting was fun and had a great experience. All the wineries were friendly, treated with respect and made to feel at home.
Evan M. · October 21, 2012

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