Celebrity power couple Wine and Cheese—or Wheese—is the name on everybody’s lips, much to the chagrin of D-list couples such as Potato and Salad and Fun and Onions. Toast the country’s tastiest duo with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$22 for a wine-education course with cheese for two (a $44 total value)
- Cheese plate for two (a $14 value)
- One-hour wine course (a $10 value per person)
- Two souvenir glasses (a $5 value each)<p>
$39 for a wine-education course with cheese for four (an $84 total value) * Cheese plate for four (a $24 value) * One-hour wine course (a $10 value per person) * Four souvenir glasses (a $5 value each)<p>
Rising Star Vineyards’ wine-education course delves into the history of wine, as well as the basics of grape growing and wine making. As the vineyard’s oenophiles narrate and teach, patrons nibble on a shared cheese plate filled with three Texas cheeses escorted to bellies by fruit and crackers. Though wine is not included with this Groupon, customers are free to purchase it by the glass or the bottle to accompany their cheese platters. Call ahead to schedule.<p>
Rising Star Vineyards
Around harvest time on Rising Star Vineyards' verdant acres, vines of chardonnay, merlot, and other Old-World grapes hang heavy, ready for their transformation into the small-batch wines the vineyard is famous for. As detailed in the Abilene Reporter-News, the grapes are trellised several feet off the ground, which owner Michael Oubre says “produces superior fruit” for their distinctive blends of Old-World flavor and Texan style. Their Salado cheesery and tasting room serves salads and sandwiches on locally baked bread for lunch, while vending cheese and other sundries exclusively made by Texas producers. In addition to cheese plates featuring fresh chevre from Bonney Goat Cheeses and Watonga flavored cheddars, the shop serves frozen wine margaritas to sip as talismans against the Samarian curses of the hot sun. The winery also holds regular wine-education and tasting classes, from a basic Wine 101 session to a food-and-wine-pairing session.