Founded in 1994 by former commercial airline pilot Paul Sass, The Home Vintner supplies connoisseurs and novices with an abundance of award-winning pours and do-it-yourself kits for individual winemaking and beer brewing. With Winexpert kits, at-home vino makers blend varietal juices from around the world that will be ready to drink or cellar in 4–8 weeks, depending on the kit. Alternatively, brewers dive into barley bubbles with Barons beer kits that contain measured ingredients to make a hoppy Canadian blond ale, an English-style redwood ale, and a crisp Dutch-style lager, among others.
During classes, the staff of certified wine- and beer-makers walks pupils through each step of the brewing and vintning process, such as carbon-dioxide removal, corking, storage, and determining each libation's year by monitoring its reaction to different Bon Jovi songs. Courses dispense both basics of production and new methodologies, so apprentices can discover new approaches and skills to try with their next batches.
The chic wine bar offers a high-quality selection of fermented finds from its amply stocked shelves, alongside an upscale menu featuring locally harvested fare. Start with a selection of savoury charcuterie ($4.75+) or cheese ($4.75+) before moving on to the tapa-esque menu. Small-sized eats, such as the half-dozen fresh-shucked oysters ($19) or a decadent dish of baked cheese dip with marinated artichokes and fresh herbs ($15), stimulate the mouth-economy with their riches and glottal high-fives. The lobster nachos, with pickled peppers, onions, heirloom tomatoes, and hot sauce ($24+), and the wine-braised bison short ribs ($16+) are an elegant accompaniment to any of more than 60 wines from around the globe, available by the taste (2 oz.), glass (6 oz.), half-bottle (13 oz.) and bottle. Servers and sommeliers are happy to direct nervous wine newcomers to a suitable sip. Throw caution to hungry robot dogs and opt for the flights and bites, a trio of small tapas accompanied by sommelier-paired 6 oz. servings of wine ($35).
Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.
Since its humble beginnings as a winter-only operation in a snow-packed Wisconsin town, the company that would become Minhas Micro Brewery has been pumping out quality beverages for generations of discerning drinkers. Now located in Calgary and owned by siblings Manjit and Ravinder Minhas, the brewery is still the source of delicious drinks, including premium brews, craft brews, and malt liquors that highlight the company's hoppy expertise. Whether they've sampled the hoppy notes of the Shergill IPA or witnessed the Mountain Crest Blonde Ale turn Ravinder's hair totally flaxen in the brewery's well-known commercial.
Honouring the Italian tradition of the word, Enoteca?which literally translates to "wine repository"?allows visitors to browse, sample, and purchase more than a thousand wines from their impressive inventory. Not only are the shelves of Enoteca Liquor Store & Specialty Wines home to a vast selection of vinos, but also to more than 300 varieties of beers, an array of spirits, and at least one ghost. On hand to help educate and guide visitors, the staff of Enoteca lends their expertise while drinkers wander the many aisles to purchase single bottles, mixed cases, or even a membership to the wine club.
Producing wine is a lot more complicated than grabbing a sack of grapes and a packet of yeast from the grocery store. Fortunately, Wine Kitz curates collections with all the necessary gear and ingredients, and hosts classes to equip would-be vintners with the requisite knowledge. The attention to detail also goes into their beer kits, which rely on grains cracked just before brewing to impart robust flavors to homebrewed lagers, stouts, and IPAs. A stock of accessories ensures proper enjoyment once brewing is complete, including aerators and cask-ready crazy straws.