Wine tastings provide the thrill of extreme flavors more easily than sipping merlot directly from the whirlpool or figuring out which champagne bottle is actually made of plastic explosives. Enjoy the safer delicacies of wine with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a private wine-tasting and tapas dinner for six at Viña Castellano (a $300 value). Up to six extra guests may be accommodated at an additional rate of $30 per person. Today's deal is not valid on Sundays or holidays.
At Viña Castellano, Spanish dining tradition and wines fuse into an adventurous tapas experience in one of the vineyard's memorable locations. Sequestered in Auburn’s rolling hills, the Mendez family's boutique vineyard and wine shop hosts parties of six or more for tastings of seven award-winning wines. Diners enjoy tapas and vino in either the romantic and intimate tasting cave in the evening after 5:30 p.m., or embrace the scenic views of the vineyard with a waterside cabana picnic. Tapas flavors from around Spain populate the menu at wine tastings, with the chefs simulating family dinners with share-sized dishes and cardboard cutouts of favorite uncles. Undersea treats such as deep fried calamari or seafood empanadas leap from placid waters to sizzling oil before coming to rest on plates. Traditional tapas dishes such as Spanish omelets with bits of chorizo or aged ham blend with well-selected wines from the vineyard.
The vineyard’s staff decorates fetes in Spanish style with deep reds and a selection of flowers to match the tone of each soiree. Seasonally changing styles are reflected in the décor and dishes of the night, so guests can expect springtime vibrancy in napkin selection or snowman waiters in the winter.
Since breaking ground for Viña Castellano in 1999, [he Mendez family has built an empire of Spanish wines complete with a treasure trove of gold and silver medals. Along with winery foreman Derek Irwin, the family specializes in the complex flavors of Tempranillo, Syrah, and Verdejo grapes. In the tasting room, visitors can sip new pressings and old favorites, and pick up a fine cigar to hilariously slip into a packet of exploding cigars.
4590 Bell Rd.
Auburn, California 95602