Wine has long been considered a divine drink, both because of its decadent flavor and its ability to conjure festive atmospheres and intense bonds out of thin air. Glory in the grape with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of wines at Travieso Winery in Campbell. Travieso's small, urban winery focuses on creating handcrafted vintages that display Californian grapes' true Golden State vibe. Sip the food-friendly fruit notes of The Other Program sangiovese 2005 ($36) or opt for the Amaranta Syrah Kirk's 2004 ($39) to spicy up even the blandest buffet. El Chupacabras 2006 red blend ($33) features feral flavors of smoky caramel, blueberry, and herbs, ideal for big-wine hunters looking for something to hang over the fireplace. Travieso is open to the public every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and frequently hosts open-house gatherings with food and barrel sample tastings.
Five Yelpers award Travieso Winery a 4.5-star average:
Ray Sliter is a California-born marine geologist, and Mats Hagstrom a Swedish-born physician, but they claim at least one common passion—wine. The duo began crafting wine when, one day in 1999, Mats arrived at Ray’s door with a half-ton of grapes, given to him by a patient, and a used barrel. They launched their wine-making pursuit nearly immediately and, in 2005, became fully bonded as Travieso Winery. Today, the duo hold close to their original principles—they purchase grapes by the acre to ensure control, stir in wild yeast, and limit suflites during production. They press each of their wines in new french-oak barrels, and age the concoctions for at least a year, even when they're really thirsty. The end result is a range of cheekily themed Spanish- and California-style wines, which their tasting room supplies by the bottle or introduces by the glass at Saturday tastings.