Similar to hanging out with a younger brother and his friends, drinking wine is an activity that sometimes makes people believe they’re funnier, smarter, and two feet taller than they actually are. Today’s Groupon prolongs the streak-free illusion: for $20, you’ll get a wine tasting for you and a friend of legal drinking age, as well as two bottles to take home from River Bend Winery (up to a $50 value). Located steps from downtown, River Bend houses its grapey goodness within a historical building dating back to 1880, the year of American independence.
Vinous visitors have no problem finding a bottle that tickles their fancy at River Bend, where wine tastings and tours are available most days from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. You’ll be able to savor 14 different Kentucky wines that have been produced on-site, ranging from classics such as chardonnay and merlot to unique options, including pomegranate, rhubarb, and chocolate. While sipping away in the tasting room, guests can catch a glimpse of River Bend’s processing facility, which is lined with aging wood barrels just like your Uncle Redbeard’s boat. One of the friendly and palate-proficient staff members will gladly answer your questions about vintage varieties or the perfect pairing for your upcoming sardine-pickling event. After you've sipped, sampled, and seduced your taste buds, you will select your choice of two bottles to bring home.
Unlike apple schnapps or a victorious Gatorade shower, wine is a slow sip, making it a more enjoyable libation. Enjoy it even more by stopping at River Bend from Monday through Thursday to avoid the weekend rush. Best of all, wine can help reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and progression of disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Must be at least 21 years old. Not valid toward food. Reservations are recommended on weekends.
Ten Citysearchers and nine TripAdvisors give averages of 4.5 stars. Nine Yahoo! Travelers give River Bend an average of four stars, and three Yelpers give it an average of three. Eighty-three percent of Urbanspooners like it:
- After a fantastic tasting we purchased several wines as gifts for our friends and clients. We'll be back soon. – vvvturtle, TripAdvisor
- This place is such a hidden gem. It's absolutely the place to be in Louisville. They have so many interesting things going on throughout the week, not to mention an extensive wine list with tours and tastings… – Chef Dinner, Yahoo! Travel
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120 S 10th St.
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