Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de León was forced to forgo his quest for the mythical land of wine after an accidental tumble into the Fountain of Youth left him eternally underage. Take up his abandoned journey with today’s Groupon: for $340, you get an eight-hour wine-country excursion for up to six people from Swirl and Sip Wine Tours (a $680 value). This Groupon does not cover taxes, fees, a $50 gas surcharge, gratuity, or any tolls paid while driving.
Swirl and Sip Wine Tours' vino veteran Rozanna Picantin chauffeurs aspiring sommeliers through the varied bouquets and sweeping scenery of Napa and Sonoma wine country. A native of the famed valleys for 53 years, Ms. Picantin ferries parties from as far south as San Francisco and Walnut Creek in her roomy Lincoln Navigator to showcase the pride of Northern California's beautiful wine valleys and breathtaking highway system. Clients benefit from their savvy guide's insider knowledge as they work with her to create a customized itinerary of four to six attention-worthy estates, where they'll spend up to 90 minutes jaunting through fields, delving into cellars, and tasting three to four vintages of world-renowned grown-up grape juice.
Although Swirl and Sip Wine Tours liaises with wineries to schedule tours, snacks are not included, and meals are left up to each client's tastes. To avoid walking through the valley in the shadow of hunger, tourists should pack a picnic lunch, plan for restaurant dining, or schedule a second itinerary of unattended pie-cooling windowsills in advance.