With Langley's picturesque countryside as its backdrop, Neck of the Woods Winery concocts red, white, and sparkling wines using grapes grown primarily in the surrounding Fraser Valley. The facility takes advantage of the area's cool climate–which is similar to that of Northern France and Germany–to oversee the entire production process from pressing to bottling. After spending quality time with their maker or a court-appointed barrel, products migrate to store shelves throughout Fraser Valley and Vancouver, or stay right at home in the winery's tasting room. There, visitors pass through daily to sample the varietals, or hang out in the showroom, warmly stocked with rustic casks and a crackling fireplace.
Winner of numerous plaudits, including WineMaker magazine's U-Vint of the Year award in 2009, Crescent Wines, an on-premise winemaking store, allows patrons the opportunity to select and bottle their own batches of vino. Would-be vintners can choose from six wine varietals—chardonnay, gewurztraminer, pinot grigio, cabernet shiraz, merlot, and valpolicella—from Crescent Wine's selection of high-quality wine kits for a total yield of 31 bottles of a single style. Once the selection process has run its course, Crescent Wine's staff members take over, using their patented methods of racking and handling your nascent libations during the fermentation process.
More than two decades ago, Frank Gregus and Maurice Hamilton set out on a venture as amateur home winemakers. Their cottage industry flourished into Pacific Breeze Winery in 2005, and since their first professional release in March 2007, their family-owned garagiste—or "garage winery"—has hauled in more than 50 international medals, including Intervin's "Best Winery of the Year" award in 2010. From grape to barrel, barrel to bottle, and bottle to kiddie pool, Pacific Breeze Winery's lavishes meticulous attention to each small-lot, handcrafted product. This diligence infuses every sip of robust reds and elegant whites, each of which begins its journey at premium vineyards across North America.
The Awesome 80s Prom whisks would-be-seniors back to 1989 to relive the decade of excess in all its stonewashed glory at the Wannaget High Senior Prom. Taffeta-clad guests will get to moonwalk and pop 'n' lock alongside the captain of the football team, the geek, the head cheerleader, the rebel, and other teenage archetypes, before casting their vote for prom king and queen at the end of the dance. A prom-court election held every night will bestow one lucky dancer with the coveted title, so competitive guests will want to don their best studded glove and skinny tie before bathing in a bucket of blue eye shadow and donning a Frankie Says Relax T-shirt sewn together from Members Only jackets and Rubik's cubes.
Metropolitan Bartending School tutors spirit-savvy students with unique classes that explore the nuances of modern mixology and culinary cocktail creations. Soak up inspiring knowledge during the bar-chef course, quenching thirsty brains with the skills needed to recreate classic cups or invent new nicknames for crushes in Esperanto (a $125 value). The session explores the history of intoxicants while helping eager pupils master the art of mixing and presenting creative, clever quaffs garnished or infused with such ingredients as seasonal produce and Skittles.
At WineMaster, patrons can participate in a fun hands-on spirits-making process without converting their backyard pools into grape-fermentation tanks. After selecting a malbec, merlot, sauvignon blanc, or Gewurztraminer style, participants will use a winemaking kit to easily prepare their batch. The vino vanguards will watch and protect your batch for two months of fermentation, after which time you'll return to bring your own banter-stimulating grape blood into the world during a fun, 20-minute bottling and labeling session. The entire process yields about 30 bottles of wine, which should be enough to get a circus-elephant drunk or keep a closet full of hostess gifts for future dinner parties. Additionally, visitors can take advantage of state-of-the-art winemaking equipment and a friendly and knowledgeable staff, ensuring batches won’t accidentally transform into fruit juice or a magical truth serum that turns dinner parties into awkwardly confrontational events.
Haely and Juhan Lindau had seemingly unrelated degrees in commerce and molecular biology. But they soon realized how complementary their backgrounds actually were to a career in winemaking and beer brewing. Armed with business and libation-crafting knowledge, the duo flung open the doors of Broadway Brewing and Winemaking in 1992, becoming the first on-premises winemaking shop in Vancouver. At the DIY winery, the owners and their knowledgeable staff guide students of all interests and skill levels through the process of making their own libations, assisting them in selecting the right supplies for home-brewing endeavours before giving them advice on what to do if beer starts drinking itself.