Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today’s Groupon in moderate proportions: for $65, you get a Santa Cruz Mountains wine tour for two from Wine d’Tours in Soquel (up to a $130 value). The tour includes:
- Tasting fees for two
- Light snack<p>
Fueled by an enthusiasm for wine and the visual beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Wine d’Tours’ guides lead five-hour shared tours to visit three grape curators. Guests can drink in the details of vino production and take delicate sips of wine at vineyards such as Bargetto Winery, Soquel Vineyard, and MJA Vineyards. Gaze out upon rows of fruit-laden vines and grape-harvesting robot butlers. Tour groups comprise anywhere from 6–15 visitors, and each day’s tour peruses different wineries and offers specially themed hats, so intrepid explorers are encouraged to seek out Wine d’Tours’ calendar to pick out an appropriate outing.
Although Wine d’Tours sometimes offers a discounted rate online, this Groupon still presents the best deal available.
Fueled by an enthusiasm for wine and the visual beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Wine d'Tours' owners Diana and Ken Sharma organize tasting tours that celebrate local viticulture. During shared tours, groups accompany docents to three wineries located in Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas. The full-bodied flavors of cabernet and merlot dance across palates while guides reveal the details of wine production at vineyards such as Bargetto Winery, Soquel Vineyard, and MJA Vineyards. Tour groups comprise anywhere from 6–15 visitors, and each day's tour peruses different wineries, allowing avid explorers to revisit the tour for an experience as distinctive as the finish of a vintage Fanta grape.