Knowledge of wine comes in handy when planning a dinner party, making small talk with a blind date, or choosing which varietal to add to the washer to turn a shirt the perfect shade of pink. Outfit yourself with specialized knowledge with today’s Groupon to Sunfish Cellars in Lilydale. Choose between the following options:
- For $50, you get a wine-tasting class with cheese pairings for two people (a $100 value).
- For $90, you get a wine-tasting class with cheese pairings for four people (a $200 value).
Enophiles visit Sunfish Cellars to acquaint themselves with new flavors, descriptive terminology, and cheese pairings from all over the world. Wine-tasting classes span two hours, tackling subject matter such as Wine 101, Spain 101, Italy vs. Argentina, and how to make ice cream taste more like wine. Sommeliers lead each class and draw on their extensive expertise to discuss restaurant wine lists, answer any questions, and evaluate cost versus value. After discussing descriptors such as body, tannin, and earthy, tasters imbibe wines without first viewing the labels, which eliminates any possible bias toward the name with the most vowels. Each class includes tastings of aged cheeses that correspond to the lesson type, such as spanish cheeses for the Spain 101 class.
Sunfish Cellars Wine Bar
A staff of sommeliers, beer experts, and cheesemongers helps customers to navigate Sunfish Cellars Wine Bar's impressive spread of wine, beer, and gourmet cheeses from throughout the globe. Cordoned off by region, the staggering wine selection includes classic vinos and rare varietals that instructors highlight during regular tasting classes. Cheeses plucked from an onsite shop pair with fine wines during tastings, as sommeliers draw on their extensive expertise to discuss restaurant wine lists, evaluate cost versus value, and explain why wine doesn’t come in an electric-blue variety. Beer-tasting classes are also available, as are congratulatory gift baskets and a personal wine-shopper service, which sources wine selections for fancy dinners and business meetings.
West St. Paul
803 Sibley Memorial Hwy.
Lilydale, Minnesota 55118