In a proper tasting, wine must be held up to the light to gauge its color, tossed on a cat's back to judge its acidity, and sipped through a crazy straw to annoy the host. Become the toast of any tasting with today's Groupon: for $16, you get three bottles of Australian wine and a reusable wine tote from The Vineyard in McLean, Virginia (a $35.71 value).
This assortment of grapey goodness, housed in a ready-to-go Vineyard wine tote, contains a decadent selection of three Australian wines from Boutique Wildflower Vineyards. Delicate wine glasses will rejoice at the chance to temporarily house splashes of lightly oaked chardonnay, fruity merlot, and spicy shiraz until a partygoer or carpet imbibes them.
The reusable tote holds up to six bottles—perfect for traveling wine parties or transporting a litter of dachshund puppies. While picking up this amorous assortment, patrons may peruse The Vineyard's expansive collection of unique wines and artisanal cheeses. The shop also hosts wine tastings every Friday and Saturday, as well as cheese-and-wine pairings on Sundays.
Although the wine selection at The Vineyard continually evolves, the shop currently stocks domestic and international wines from locales as distant as Australia, which only exists in our imaginations. They complement wines with gift baskets of cheese and chocolate, as well as accessories such as olive wood corkscrews and chrome champagne stoppers. Featured items include 100+ cheeses from around the world, charcuterie from trois petit cochons, olli salumeria, and molinari.