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 $25, you get a six-wine tasting, a glass of wine, and a souvenir Riedel Oregon wine glass (a $55 value) at The Wine Cellar. Tastings are offered exclusively Thursdays through Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Despite being the shop with one of the largest wine volumes in Portland, the family-owned Wine Cellar provides all the approachable coziness of your Aunt Jolene's wine cellar, only with more wine and fewer pun-spewing crypt keepers. Sate your grape desires with an educational tasting of six potable pours, which includes rare wines from organic and family-owned wineries. Sniff, swirl, and sip your way through each 1.5 oz. sampling as one of the Wine Cellar's friendly wine whisperers schools you in proper drinking etiquette and the language of wine—the world's third-most romantic language after French and Wingdings. Once people-palates have pondered the sextet of specimens, they can pick a favorite for a full serving, which can be enjoyed in the souvenir Riedel Oregon pinot-noir glass or thrown into a roaring fireplace in a dazzling display of self-denial.
Yahoo! Locals give The Wine Cellar a 4.5-star average:
- It is very tastefully decorated and has a lot of personal notes attached to the wines giving the novice a better understanding of the wine they have chosen. I'm very, very impressed with her understanding of the different tastes. – Winer-Diner-Gal
- The Wine Cellar is my favorite place to buy wine. It's a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere with very knowledgeable staff. I found the Wine Cellar through the classes they teach about wine and wine pairings. Those are great fun and I highly recommend them. – Dave B., Yahoo! Local