Whether culled from California's Napa Valley region in the fall or from Chile and Argentina in the spring, every bundle of red and white grapes winds up beneath a patron's stomping feet. Eight months later—after a pressing session and half-hour racking—each red, white, or rosé batch makes the transition from barrel to bottle. Clients then fill, cork, seal, and adorn the bottle with their own label before gently kissing it to remove any curses. For visitors more eager to imbibe wine than concoct it, The WineMakers Cellar accommodates guests with dinners and wine and cheese pairings in its bistro. Handcrafted wine continues to flow at cooking demonstrations, courses, and private parties held within the facility.
Akadema's co-founder and former ball player, Lawrence Gilligan, held himself to a pretty high standard as he set out on a mission to evolve the design of the baseball glove. As he put it, "[i]f you want to make the best sports equipment, you consult the best athletes." Over the years, he and his brother Joe have consulted with Hall of Famers such as Ozzie Smith and Carl Yastrzemski on designs for infielders' gloves with fingerless construction and catchers' mitts with patented Stress Wedge technology and smack-talking capabilities.
Their gloves have become popular with everyone from Little Leaguers to NCAA coaches, including the Reptilian, which incorporates an air pocket for shock absorption. The store also specializes in other baseball and softball gear, including performance apparel, zero-gravity cleats, and bats that are hand-cut and sanded from grade-A maple and ash.