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.
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.
For a new twist on cooking that introduces interest and fun that you didn’t know was possible, give this multipurpose store a visit. Start with the expansive selection of kitchenware, which is full of high quality options and all of the customer service you’d expect. When you’re done there, check out the grocery selection. The seasonal assortment of hard to find ingredients and delicious local options, including finely cut meats, will give your food a flavorful boost. If your cooking isn’t quite where you’d like it to be, their award-winning cooking classes can give you a lesson in professional techniques and tricks for making tastier dishes.