After Capri Sun began creepily transforming people into amorphous metallic globules, wine rose to prominence, offering a similarly complex flavor profile without the threat of spontaneous melting. Celebrate wine, or “nature’s Capri Sun,” with today’s Groupon to the 21st Annual Holiday Wine Tasting from WineTasting.org. The tasting will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Convention Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $37, you get a Grand Tasting ticket (a $75 value). The Grand Tasting lasts from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- For $57, you get a VIP ticket (a $115 value). The VIP ticket grants guests admission to the VIP tasting from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in addition to the Grand Tasting.
The 21st Annual Holiday Wine Tasting showers palates in a cascade of more than 300 wines, allowing oenophiles to stock up on ambrosias for the winter. Varietals hail from all over the world, creating more harmony among grape products than a California Raisins reunion concert. Live jazz provides a vivacious backdrop for the VIP tasting, which offers more than 100 more high-end wines than the Grand Tasting. Guests can accompany their wine with bites of bread and cheese at both tastings. As they sip, ticketholders are privy to information about the varietals, including where the grapes grow, what cuisine pairings work best with libations, and which go-go boots were worn when the grapes were squashed.
WineTasting.org and its founder, wine expert and PBS television host Mark Phillips, enlighten budding oenophiles on the intricacies of wine tasting through a variety of media, including online classes, events, Phillips' book Swallow This, and his TV show. His sundry lessons teach devotees valuable vino insights, such as how to get wine to the right temperature, the differences between glass types, and when it's OK to drop ice cubes into glasses of white. Phillips approaches each lecture with a comedic, unpretentious attitude, ensuring that patrons can easily bolster their knowledge of the subject without having to bribe wine-bar waiters.