Drinking wine is an activity that sometimes makes people believe they’re funnier, smarter, and two feet taller than they actually are. Bask in the power of belief with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get an outing for two to the International Wine and Food Festival at Speers’ Beers on Sunday, February 12 (a $115 total value). Choose from the following time slots:
- 4 p.m.– 5 p.m.
- 5 p.m.– 6 p.m.
- 6 p.m.– 7 p.m.
- 7 p.m.– 8 p.m.<p>
Each outing includes: * Two tickets to the tasting (a $45 value each) * Carrying bag that can hold six bottles of wine (a $5 value) * $20 store credit for wines sampled<p>
Within a sprawling 4,000-square-foot store brimming with bottles of spirits, import brews, and other libations, the experienced Speers’ Beers staff guides guests through tastings of 25–30 international wines. Visitors can peruse tables laden with white and red varieties on temporary loan from regions of the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, and Canada. Wine connoisseurs test palates with pours at each station and supply tasting notes about each wine, such as which grapes respond poorly to stomping but well to Swedish massage. During the tasting, samplers pair sips with a spread of cheese, crackers, fruits, and chocolates. Carrying bags can tote take-home bottles using the included $20 store credit, which can be used to lure in any vinous potion sampled that day (wines range from $12.99–$34.99). Speers’ Beers grants an additional 15 per cent off on cases, and can order specialty items not in stock upon verbal or silent, charades-style request.
Speers’ Beers fills every nook and cranny of its 4,000-square-foot building with wines whose grapes ripened around the globe. Vintages from the European vineyards of Spain and Italy mingle with fermentations from Australia and New Zealand, while wines from the United States share shelf space with Canadian bottles. In addition to its array of vintages, the liquor store keeps imported and craft beers cold in a 800-square-foot cooler, which recently replaced the snowman that hugged them all day.