Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today's Groupon in moderate proportions: for $25, you get $50 worth of wine and wine accessories from Schulze Vineyards & Winery.
Situated on 122 acres, Schulze Vineyards & Winery glorifies grapes by transforming them into potent potables. Using vitis vinifera grapes such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot, and hybrids such as siegfried riesling, wine wardens craft fermented flagons of red, white, sparkling, and sweet wines. The Siegfried Reserve, a fruit-forward white, stems from a german-riesling clone and emits brilliant aromatics of white peach and pineapple, which please the palate before solving several challenging differential equations ($14.95). The garnet-hued Meritage—a special reserve blend of cabernet franc, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon—wafts an underscore of oak with wisps of cherries and dark chocolate, culminating in a warm, full finish ($23.95). The vidal-blanc ice wine, winner of a gold medal at the Riverside International Wine Competition, contains rich flavors of sweet apricot, mango, and honey ($39.95). Crafted using authentic eiswein techniques, vidal grapes freeze naturally on the vine with coaching from freeze-tag experts before being hand-harvested by devoted vintners.
A large cherry-wood bar dominates the space in the steeple-ceilinged tasting room at Schulze Vineyards & Winery, a handicapped-accessible facility. Bring home wine-themed souvenirs such as a wine tote bag, perfect for BYOB events or storing corks until spring, when they can be planted to produce wine-bearing trees.