Friday, February 18, 2011

$12 for $25 worth of Wine at Hard Row to Hoe Vineyard - Manson, WA

$12 for $25 Worth of Wine at Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards

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: for $12, you get $25 worth of wine at Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards in Lake Chelan.

The grape growers at Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards, a small boutique winery and vineyard, squash out smashing wines from their estate and designated vineyards across Washington, boasting several award-winning creations. From their on-site, southwest-facing vineyard, the assiduous agriculturalists plant and maintain their pretan raisins, organically using sustainable growing practices and generous slatherings of sunblock.

Imbibe such libations as the 2009 Hard Row to Hoe pinot gris, a dry wine infused with pineapple and honey ($18), or the Shameless Hussy barbera, blended with 25% merlot and aged in a neutral oak for 12 months ($24). Activate the senses by diving headfirst into a vat of pie filling or by quaffing the Hard Row to Hoe primitivo, a silver-medal winner in the 2010 [Washington State Wine Competition(, filled with fruit and exotic spices ($32).

The fruit-pulverizing proprietors, Judy and Don Phelps, seek unfamiliar varietals from lesser-known vineyards in the area as well. The affable clime of Lake Chelan provides an excellent environment for raising unwrinkled raisins and for yodeling at the top of your lungs.

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