Celebrity power couple Wine and Cheese—or Wheese—is the name on everybody’s lips, much to the chagrin of D-list couples such as potato and salad, and fun and onions. Toast the country’s tastiest duo with today’s Groupon: for $30 you get a wine tasting and cheese and chocolate pairing for two at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards (a $60 value) in Santa Rosa. Groupon holders can also receive a 15% discount on wine purchases the day of their tasting.
The expansive visitor center at St Francis Winery boasts a tasting room, a snuggly fireplace to drink by on chilly days, and a cool slate patio with panoramic views of the surrounding Wild Oak Vineyards. Swirl, sip, and spit through a five-flute sampling of limited production artisan wines to enjoy 100% handpicked, Sonoma grapes that are only available for tasting and purchase within winery walls. To complement each pour, chef Dave Bush provides a selection of his favorite local cheeses and expert staff members help tasting trainees create palate-pleasing pairs. Tastings finish with an assortment of chocolate truffles and Sonoma County Port, which bursts with bold, berry flavor like a crustless pie living without fear of windowsill-kidnappings.
Before you descend from wine-heaven to rejoin the mortal world, take advantage of the same-day-only 15% discount and let knowledgeable wine experts help you pick out reds and whites from their fermented collection. Bring home bottles armed with an arsenal of wine-drinker's vocabulary so that you can describe your taste experience more articulately than is possible with your current system of grunts and throat-clicks.
- Well done, St Francis! Keep on doing what you do because I have loved it for the past six years of consistently affordable and yummy wine served and sold by great people! – Jennifer C P., Yelp, 4/25/2010
- Beautiful place and the experience was excellent. The staff was friendly and very inviting. – jfteng, TripAdvisor