$139 for a Four-Session Winemaking Course with a Take-Home Case of Wine at Make Wine With Us ($300 Value)

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Vintners help students crush, press, rack, and bottle 12 bottles of Chilean wine made from fresh grapes over course of nine months

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Expires Apr 30th, 2013. Limit 3 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Online registration required by 4/30. Must be 21 or older. Valid only for one case of wine. Extra $15 fee for New Jersey wine-making license. Wines are subject to availability, Make Wine With Us recommends making selection ASAP. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$139 for a Winemaking Class with Take-Home Wine ($300 Value)

Over the course of nine months, students create their own wines using fresh grapes harvested from Chilean vineyards. Students can choose to make one of the following wines: malbec, cabernet sauvignon, carménère-cabernet sauvignon, and bordeaux style. The four-class series begins in early May, when participants gather to begin the four-step process using the winery’s equipment. At the end of the nine months, students reap the fruits of their labor, hauling home a case of 12 bottles of handmade wine to pair with dinners or the neighbor's new white carpet. Couples are welcome to attend classes jointly, though only one person can directly participate in each winemaking event.

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Make Wine With Us

John Gizzi and Diann Greco, the American Wine Society–certified wine judges at Make Wine With Us, teach wine aficionados to create their own wines using grapes harvested in Californian and Chilean vineyards. At the start of the nine-month process (California grapes in the fall, Chile grapes in the spring), winemakers-to-be assemble with fellow enthusiasts to learn the intricacies of the trade. Patrons learn to crush and destem grapes in a machine called a crusher-destemmer, named after the device's favorite Germanic metal band. Following the crushing process, a hydraulic press forces juice into barrels, where it shall remain until the conclusion of its sweet, sweet metamorphosis.

When wine awakens from its hibernation, patrons remove suspended yeast cells and skin particles though a process called racking. At the end of the nine-month period, newly minted winemakers lean on family and friends to fill, cork, and custom-label the finished product. Budding vintners then tote home their vintages to share with family, friends, and robot butlers with built-in carafes.

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