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 $5, you get a wine tasting for two (a $10 value) plus 25% off wine purchases at Youngberg Hill Vineyard & Inn in McMinnville.
Youngberg Hill Vineyard & Inn crafts award-winning organic wine on its 50-acre estate, where the rolling valleys and verdant views complement each sip. Tasting sessions net 45–60 minutes with one of the winery's expert vintners, covering the wine-making process and the area's geological history in the context of four to seven of the winery's latest concoctions. Sippers will learn the subtle chemistry behind each palate-pleasing libation, such as how soil types affect the grapes and at what temperature grapes transform into diamonds. The tasting room is open for drop-in quaffing April through October from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., but appointments are required during the rest of the year.
Like sea levels and the location of the White House, the specific wines at each tasting vary over time. No matter what's in production, though, visitors can expect high-quality potables from the LIVE-certified vineyard, which has stomped out such vino victories as a silver medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in 2009. Other tongue-entrancing liquids include the 2007 Jordan Block pinot noir ($40/bottle, $432/case), which bursts with flavors of pineapple, blackberry, plum, and currant, and the citrusy, pairing-friendly 2009 pinot blanc ($18/bottle, $195/case).