Thanks to cartoons, many Americans believe that the correct way to taste wine is to take a sip, then witness something so shocking that it causes them to involuntarily expectorate. Skip the spit takes and sample wine correctly with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a reserve wine tasting for two (a $15 value per person), a cheese tasting (a $12 value), plus a bottle of Waterstone wine (up to a $25 value) at Taste at Oxbow in downtown Napa (up to a $67 total value).
Inside Taste's eco-friendly lounge- which was designed with sustainable, energy-efficient materials- two tasters can sample a quintet of pours from the 10 available grapey brews, including Waterstone's 2007 merlot ($18 per bottle), 2006 syrah ($22 per bottle), and the 2005 reserve cabernet sauvignon ($60 per bottle).
Savory selections of artisanal cheeses from Napa's Oxbow Cheese Merchant accompany the liquid portion of the tasting, enriching the experience in the same way cheese enhances Wisconsin sports events. After the tasting, guests may select any bottle of Waterstone wine (up to a $25 value) to take home and enjoy or proudly display on the mantle; Groupon holders may also select bottles with values higher than $25 and pay the difference.
Taste at Oxbow
The open wine tasting salon Taste at Oxbow aims to expand palates with an eclectic menu of wines chosen to accompany artisanal cheeses and gourmet food items. Energy-efficient fixtures illuminate the salon's olive and merlot-toned walls, which owe their hues to chemical-free paints.