In a proper tasting, wine must be held up to the light to gauge its color, tossed on a cat's back to judge its acidity, and sipped through a crazy straw to annoy the host. Become the toast of any tasting with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a 2.5-hour sparkling-wine workshop (a $90 value) at Rustica Wine School, located in Slates Restaurant and wine lounge. Choose from the following three dates:
• Friday, July 29 from 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
• Thursday, August 4 from 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
• Saturday, August 20 from 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. This workshop will take place at Sambas Restaurant at 6737 North Palm Ave., Fresno, CA, 93704.
During Rustica’s sparkling-wine workshop, Culinary Institute of America–certified sommelier Pablo Antinao guides students through the wide world of effervescent elixirs, as they sample some of the world’s most commercially successful varietals from France, California, Spain, and Italy. Champagne, California sparkling wine, cava, and prosecco are the chief contestants in the international fizz pageant, refreshing parched throats as participants learn to differentiate them by taste, aroma, and what they look like in a bikini. Because it can be hard to learn on an empty stomach, seasoned winespert Antinao cleanses champagne-soaked palates with appetizers, which also aid in a lesson on the successful pairing of wine with food. After class, once-confusing wine terminology such as blanc de blanc, brut, and extra brut is no longer inscrutable, but made clear for all to use or misuse with confidence.
Choosing an appropriate celebratory wine for a marriage proposal, first date, or marriage proposal on a first date can be difficult, but not with the help of the friendly instructor. Grab today’s Groupon to mingle with other wine novices amid Slates Restaurant’s warm lighting, decorative foliage, and communal seating, or buy one for a friend looking to add some subtle sophistication to their usual Yoo-Hoo and Velveeta parties.