Wine stored in a bottle gets better with age, whereas a message sent in a bottle is the best way to avoid exorbitant stamp prices. Empty your own glass envelopes with today's Groupon: for $20, you get to attend one of 10 available wine-tasting classes at Sunset Grill (a $50 value). Classes are scheduled to take place on upcoming Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m. through December 14.
The wine-tasting classes at Sunset Grill shine a spotlight on the production, ingredients, and origins of finely fermented grape beverages. Instructor Greg Sisto highlights all major grape varietals and provides an entertaining overview of major growing regions and countries during 60- to 90-minute classes that instill an extensive knowledge of spirits usually reserved for clairvoyant Whoopi Goldbergs. Students in the Wine 101 class explore six to eight uncommon concoctions that hail from different parts of the world, and regional options such as the Loire Valley tasting class introduces tongues to sancerre, chinon, and other lesser-known vinotypes. After a short lesson in tasting method, oenophiles practice wine evaluation skills by distinguishing between red wines, white wines, and grape Kool-Aid served in a goblet.
Classes take place in the stately Sunset Room amid exposed brick and contemporary artwork. Parties who work up an appetite during the curriculum can order from the dinner menu after class and receive a 10% discount and a round of applause.