Food and wine festivals allow people to diversify their palates in one day, a feat previously attainable only by cramming five frozen dinners and a variety pack of juice boxes into a blender. Savor expanding horizons with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a wine-and-chocolate pairing package for two at Sherman Cellars (a $55 total value). The package includes the following:
- Wine-and-chocolate pairing for two (a $15 value each)
- $25 toward a bottle of wine
The vino virtuosos at Sherman Cellars, the exclusive tasting room for Creekview Vineyards, pair fruity bouquets with rich confections during wine and chocolate tastings. As couples follow a wine tour through Sherman Cellars, a wine educator lectures on the history of winemaking and the abandoned practice of grape stomping on carpeted floors. Guests next sample glasses of wine accompanied by delicate pieces of chocolate from Napa or Saratoga chocolatiers, a melodious face-off not unlike a flock of songbirds attacking a grand piano. Before the evening ends, duos receive $25 toward their favorite wine, such as the Santa Clara Valley chardonnay ($24) or the 2008 zinfandel ($24). Bottles of wine vary in price. Participants must be 21 or older and present a valid ID. Sherman Cellars is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Parking is available nearby, and validation is provided for select lots.