Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of wine at The Winery at Marjim Manor in Appleton.
At The Winery at Marjim Manor, proprietor Margo Sue Bittner and her family craft quality wines from the bountiful harvests of western New York's Fruit Belt. Grape gurus can choose from a liquid litany of reds, such as the stately, dry Lord of the Manor ($10.95/750 mL, $6.49/375 mL), a choice selection of whites, such as a crisp and clear Lady in the Window ($14.95), or from an assortment of blushy hybrids of whites and reds. The Winery's dulcet fruit wines, including the apricot Heart of Gold ($23.95/750mL) or Cranberry Crescendo ($13.95/750 mL, $7.49/375 mL), satisfy sweet teeth with complex flavors in a package more exotic than grape wine and more mature than Capri Sun.
Marjim Manor peacefully rests amid the rustic surroundings of a family farm, in a 9,500-square-foot brick mansion dating back to 1854. Like most sleepover camps, Marjim Manor is riddled with a history of ghosts, so oenophiles can draw on the expertise of friendly specters to select a delicious, locally produced wine, or to listen to long-winded anecdotes about Grover Cleveland's stance on the silver standard.