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 this Groupon.
$35 for Chef-Led Classic Cooking Class ($75 Value)
A rotating lineup of cooking classes features recipes including burgers with zinfandel-barbecue sauce and grilled ratatouille steak. During the classes, classically trained chefs teach small groups of students to prepare their own appetizers and entrees. Students can sip two glasses of wine through their class and take home both recipes.
Twisted Vine Bistro
Twisted Vine Bistro's staff comprises a fifth-generation Italian vintner and two veteran California-born chefs who cultivate unpretentious epicurean experiences praised by Gayot and Thrillist. During tasting events, local winemakers mingle with guests and tie-dye tongues with fine red and white varietals, which tasters pair with locally sourced snacks from the eatery's menu. The topic of each cooking class rotates frequently, but all sessions allow amateur foodies to rub spatulas with classically trained chefs so they can finally ask an expert why their oven never seems to get their undershirts their whitest. Artwork forged by local artists decks the space, and elegant drapery pulls back to reveal ample windows, which stream sunlight onto green and orange walls.