An in-depth knowledge of wine can enliven humdrum dinner parties, just as an in-depth knowledge of dynamite fishing can enliven foundering job interviews. Give palates an executive education with this Groupon to Taste at their Phoenixville or Warrington locations. Choose from the following options:
- For $29, you get one wine-and-chocolates class for two in Phoenixville (a $70 value).
- For $29, you get one wine-and-chocolates class for two in Warrington (a $70 value).
- For $55, you get one wine-and-chocolates class for four in Phoenixville (a $140 value).
- For $55, you get one wine-and-chocolates class for four in Warrington (a $140 value).<p>
Classes begin on Wednesday, April 11, and run for three months at both locations. Phoenixville classes take place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m, Fridays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 1 p.m. Warrington classes take place on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m.
The gourmets at Taste unlock secrets to a sensitive palate via direct experience with wines from Sand Castle Winery and locally produced artisanal chocolates. Each 90-minute class journeys students along a sip-and-sample trek of eight carefully paired combinations. Filling glasses with varietals such as cabernet, chardonnay, late-harvest riesling, and pinot noir, instructors impart knowledge on wine and winemaking as they carve morsels of chocolate.
Chocolate delicacies, including almond bark, truffles, and fruit-infused nibbles, draw out subtler notes to showcase a wine’s full profile. As taste buds start firing and relationships between flavors emerge, students may inscribe their impressions on their printed list of the pairings, saving enthusiastic kiss marks for any discounted merchandise they may purchase to take home.
At Taste, the retail store for the storied Sand Castle Winery, rows of wooden racks display the winery's vintages alongside Di Bruno Bros. cheeses and gourmet oils and vinegars. Regular tastings and hands-on classes take place amid the store's marble countertops and vineyard-inspired artwork that is only detectable by oenophiles. During wine-pairing classes, students learn to coordinate nosh and nectar as experts present them with various combinations of wine and accenting fare, such as cheeses and fruits.