Yonge Street Winery offers custom-crafted artisan wines, quality crystal stemware, and stylish storing solutions for both the fervent wine enthusiast and the casual dabbler in the drinkable grape. The winery's custom winemaking experience offers guests the chance to compose their own flavourful libation over the course of about a month and a half. The process begins with customers meeting with Yonge Street Winery's consultants to choose one varietal from the extensive list of varietals imported from vineyards around the world. After the initial consultation, which lasts approximately 10 minutes, clients will turn over the red-and-white reins to the winery's grape wranglers, and they’ll bring the blend to flavourful fruition over the course of approximately a month and a half. At the end of the process, clients will return to package and take home all 23 litres of the libation (about 30 750ml bottles), leaving the winery with the smug smile seen only in victorious vintners. Included in this deal are labels, foils, tax, corks, and corkage fees. Bottles are not included in this deal; you may bring your own, or purchase some from the winery for $1.25 each.
The castle-like stone edifices scattered across the grounds of Holland Marsh Wineries house old-fashioned barrels and bold wines made in an eastern European style passed down three generations of the Nersisyan family. President Roland Nersisyan expanded his family's longstanding business in 2008 to open Holland Marsh Wineries on 22 picturesque acres. A 3,000-square-foot club house with a vaulted ceiling hosts weddings, bar mitzvahs, and special-occasion tastings of the house's distinctive vinos. Outside, the vineyard's grassy expanse and unforgettable vista provides an awe-inspiring setting for visitors to take snapshots at dusk and hail flying-saucer taxis after dark.
Grape & Hop Shoppe tutors budding brewers through the art of crafting grape-spawned varietals. The Wine Making Experience yields customers 30 bottles worth of grand cru table wine (a $72 value) plus processing (a $40 value) from a choice of eight grape varietals, including merlot, pinot noir, pinot grigio, chardonnay, Italian red, shiraz, chianti, and riesling, all excellent for sipping by the glass or by the hat-full. Facilities and equipment include an ageing room, two bottling stations, wine aerator that enhances flavour and mellows acidity, corks, and customizable labels to commemorate special events like weddings or Baby's first wordplay. Bottles (regularly $30 for 30) are not included in this offer, though Groupon customers receive 25% off bottle purchases or can bring in their own.
The team members at Barnstormer Brewing & Pizzeria are equal parts beer and pizza enthusiasts. Located in Barrie's cottage country near scenic Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay, Barnstormer's brew house offers a scenic escape complete with craft beers and artisan pizzas. Guests are always welcome to explore the kettles and sample beer during free tours.
See what's currently on tap. The brewery's offerings rotate around six everyday offerings and a rotation of limited-release beers.
Specialty pies vary wildly in toppings and flavor, but with names such as Flying Pig and Flight Attendant, they're clearly made by the same captain. Here are a few of the possibilities. * Crash and Burn is composed of fresh pineapples, parma ham, jalape?os, tomatoes, and mozzarella. * Flight Instructor includes spicy chorizo, roasted red onions, tomatoes, and mozzarella. * Pick Your Own Destination takes a 15-inch, hand-stretched crust with tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil, and adds the patron's choice of toppings. Goat cheese, chorizo, and field mushrooms are a few options.
Along with pizzas, guests can opt for menu items such as sea-salted sweet-potato fries with sriracha ketchup or garlic aioli for dipping, a hand-made burger with the works, or traditional poutine.
For 20 years, The Brew Kettle has let beer, wine, and cider aficionados bask in the pride of making their own beverages without the hassle of using their own equipment. The process begins as libation experts help customers browse the more than 200 beverage kits to choose their favourite style, whether it's a murky stout, a refreshing riesling, or a blend of several flavours. Once they've made their choice, customers mix the ingredients with yeast, then hand off their developing creation to staff members so they can monitor it for proper fermentation and a passable Belgian accent over the following weeks. Once it's ready, the experts filter the newly born beverage and help the customer bottle it, label it, and ferry it home to enjoy.