Unlike fruit punch, wine boasts multifaceted flavors, undergoes fermentation, and is never spiked at parties. Leave tainted punch bowls behind with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a wine-tasting package for two from Vintage Piedmont (a $109 value). With the package, two varietal votaries can sip spirits at five different establishments, bring home two memorial glasses from each, and receive a 10% discount on bottles of wine at each winery. Groupon purchasers can visit the wineries in any order at their leisure before the Groupon’s expiration.
Vintage Piedmont unites a grandiose group of family wineries, each cozily sprawled within a 15-mile distance of the others. Ernest oenophiles can mosey among them at their own pace, ensuring no one exhausts their seeing-eye elephant. Barrel Oak Winery boasts a pastoral setting, 20 acres of vines, and a BowHaus white that blends vidal blanc, sauvignon, viognier, and more for a bright flavor ($24). At Philip Carter Winery, the 2009 chardonnay intermixes lemon zest, a vanilla bouquet, and pear notes ($24). Desert Rose Ranch & Winery sustains an unpretentious atmosphere, unlike snobbish grape groups for third cousins of royalty. Varietals include the Hitch Hollow chardonnay aged in French oak barrels, or the Sparky, a European-style rosé. Rappahannock Cellars and Hume Vineyards regale taste buds with delectable drinks from locally grown grapes. At each libation station, take home two commemorative wine glasses and receive 10% off bottles of wine.