Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de León was forced to forgo his quest for the mythical land of wine after an accidental tumble into the Fountain of Youth left him eternally underage. Take up his abandoned journey with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a winery outing for two at Shelalara Vineyards & Winery (a $16 value) in Coventry. Outings take place Saturday and Sunday, and include:
• A winery and facility tour
• A group wine tasting
Shelalara Vineyards & Winery cultivates a spectrum of jewel-toned varietals ranging from delicate fruit wines to complex Italian blends. Winemakers introduce visitors to the fundamentals of bewitching fruit for fun and profit on tours of the 5,000-square-foot fermentation and bottling facilities. Palates soar with a flight of four to five wines chosen from 15 unique bottles, picking out notes of coffee, oak, and "Do you like me? Circle Yes or No" in the fruit-forward 2007 Rosso Grande red or hints of fresh strawberries and honey in a pale glass of Succulent Strawberry riesling. Shelalara's heady beverages are generally low in sulfites, reducing the risk of reaction for oenophiles who are susceptible to food allergens or failed introductory chemistry.
ShelaLara Vineyards & Winery
At ShelaLara Vineyards & Winery, vintners work with modern equipment to produce more than 20 different wines. Using grapes and fruit imported from California and other sun-soaked regions, the enophiles fill tanks with sweet elixirs including their in-house specialty wine slush. The glacier wines, fruit essences, and vintage wines run a colorful gamut from the off purple of the sky just after sunset to the hue of warm honey. ShelaLara’s winemaking process, including fermentation, bottling, and 21-gun salutes following spills, all takes place in Rhode Island.