While their fruit-stand companions undergo stem lifts and micropeelabrasians to prolong their produce youth, grapes sagely anticipate illustrious lives as fine aged wines. Sip nature’s eldest edibles with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get a wine tasting for two at West End Wine & Spirits, located on South Main Street (a $16 value).
Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., West End hosts its weekly wine tasting, encouraging oenophilic exploration amid the shop’s mahogany-shelved, bottle-lined walls. Palates pining for fermented flavors revel in four pours of generally smaller international labels from Australia, South America, and Middle Earth. Pairs brush up libation knowledge with info sheets for each wine while enjoying bite-size hors d’oeuvres served throughout the three-hour affair. Most couples tend to schmooze for an hour and a half, testing the quartet of flavors on tap and enjoying lively discussions about a varietal's vanilla notes and black-currant arpeggios.