Winemaking Class with Take-Home Case of Wine for Two or Four at Make Wine With Us (Up to 55% Off)

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In a Nutshell

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

The Fine Print

Expires Sep 30th, 2013. May buy multiples. Online registration required by 9/30. Must be 21 or older. Valid only for one case of wine. Extra $15 fee for New Jersey wine-making license. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $149 for a Winemaking Class and Take-Home Wine for two ($300 Value)
  • $269 for a Winemaking Class and Take-Home Wine for four ($600 Value)

Over the course of nine months, students create their own wines using fresh California grapes. The four-class series begins in late September, 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.

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.

Sniff, swirl, and sip the heady juices of the noble grape