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 $15, you get a wine tasting for two at Stolpman Vineyards in Los Olivos or Lompoc (a $30 value). This Groupon includes a 15% discount on any wine purchased during the visit, plus a free wine glass with a bottle purchase.
Stolpman Vineyards' vintners pluck organically grown grapes on crisp Ballard Canyon evenings when the fruits' skin insulates their robust flavors before letting their varietals age in purebred French oak. Stroll into the tasting room to stain your taste buds with various wines, which may include the 2008 originals syrah, a dark-red vino culled from the vineyard's oldest vines. Visitors may also pick the velvety tannins of the 2008 sangiovese or swirl golden glasses of robust roussanne while discussing the pros and cons of filling the Grand Canyon with jellybeans.
Stolpman Vineyards offers a free wine tasting for wine club members and up to three guests, but this is the best deal for those who are not subscribed to the biannual wine club shipments.