True wine connoisseurs teach themselves to distinguish varietals, identify flawed bottles, and cry pure chardonnay. Become one with the grape with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a two-class wine course for two at The Wine and Cheese Gallery (a $100 value).
- Two-class courses are available the following dates:
- February 8 and 15
- March 13 and 20
- March 14 and 21
- March 28 and April 4<p>
The Wine and Cheese Gallery’s coowners, Bunky Mastin and Wade Tyler, impart their sommelier-like wisdom to the public during wine tastings and classes held amid more than 3,000 bottles of vino. Over the course of two classes, grape-juice-gargling duos learn about the finer points of Napa and Sonoma wine country as they sample 15–20 wines and regional tap waters. In addition to discussing the flavor notes and grape varietals of specific wines, the two-session course conveys a broad overview of the region, including notable wineries and restaurant recommendations. Though not included in the Groupon, students can linger before or after each lesson to browse the shop’s sizeable selection of wines, beers, and imported cheeses.
The Wine and Cheese Gallery
For 35 years, downtown Gainesville's Wine and Cheese Gallery has held court in a quaint white wood house that INsite Gainesville writer Jennifer Coleman calls "reminiscent of a classic French bistro.” Owners Bunky Mastin and Wade Tyler curate a larder with more than 3,000 varieties of wine, an international selection of cheeses, rich chocolates, and gourmet lunch items served on the charming patio bistro or inside at Panache, the shop’s restaurant.
Panache's chefs pull from the Gallery’s stock to harmoniously blend flavors in sandwiches such as The Normandy, which combines brie, apples, and cinnamon on french bread and is garnished with a miniature beret, and the turkey and havarti, which is balanced by an Adriatic fig spread. Patrons can also nibble on the quiche du jour or hide their faces from exes in soups that vary depending on the whims of the chef, with one recent creation involving sage matzo balls in the affairs of a ginger-chicken broth.