True wine connoisseurs teach themselves to distinguish varietals, identify flawed bottles, and cry pure chardonnay. Become one with the grape with this Groupon.
- $69 for a Rediscover Ancient Grapes class for two (a $150 value)
Explore the culture, tradition, and taste of 1,000 or 2,000 years old ancient grapes from around the world in a one-of-a-kind blind tasting. Students are transported to faraway lands through sight, smell and taste by pairing six wines with an appetizer plate of gourmet cheese, dried fruit, nuts, and handcrafted chocolate from Dancing Lion Chocolate. After the event, guests enjoy 15% off any merchandise. Classes take place on Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting on Sept 7 until November 9.
Owner Svetlana Yanushkevich has spent the majority of her life surrounded by wine. She grew up on the southern peninsula of Ukraine, in a territory renowned for its 2,000-year-old winemaking tradition. After moving to the US in 2002, she built upon that foundation by managing wine programs at prestigious restaurants and earning a diploma from the renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
In 2010, Svetlana added "wine-shop owner" to an already impressive résumé when she opened the doors to WineNot Boutique, winner of The Hippo magazines Best Wine Shop in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Today, WineNot Boutique's visitors gather to enjoy tastes from around the globe and, perhaps most importantly, benefit from Svetlana's wealth of knowledge. This year, Svetlana has partnered with local merchants to host a 7-night guided tour of one of the world's most renowned winemaking regions, as well. Collectible wines, artisan cheeses, and gourmet foods parade across the shop's shelves, and wine education events, such as weekly complimentary tastings, let novices ingest loads of wine-related facts without having to eat the pages of their Wine for Dummies book.