I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
Nestled among 100 acres of lush vineyards that have blossomed for more than 25 years, Mastronardi Estate Winery cultivates 18 different kinds of grapes that resident winemaker Lyse Leblanc transforms into a prize-winning slate of wine varietals. Lakes Erie and St. Clair sandwich the region, naturally maintaining a suitable vine-harvesting climate that yields the building blocks of sweet dessert wines, crisp whites, bold merlot-cabernet amalgams, and sparkling varietals. Visitors tap into a rainbow of elegant elixirs during tours, tastings, and seminars, decamping to the winery's European-inspired tasting boutique, where a knowledgeable staffer points out oft-overlooked subtleties, such as the pinot grigio’s hints of honeydew and longing. Mastronardi Estate Winery donates a portion of proceeds from the floral-inspired Brianjë riesling to the Batten Disease Support and Research Association in memory of the daughter of owners Eadie and Tony Mastronardi.
Since 1948, Borrelli Cellars has guided connoisseurs through the process of vinting and bottling their own pours at its winery, using grape juice gathered from the world's top growing regions. Instructor, winemaker, and owner Frank Borrelli educates visitors on grape varieties, yeasts, and sanitary practices while divulging tips on how to consistently craft top-notch batches of vino or win foosball tournaments. While scouring the premises, students can pore over a collection of books, wine presses, and kits to put skills learned in the workshop to the test.
Call to confirm winery hours and to set an appointment for bottling the finished wine. New wine bottles are always available or customer can bring in their own bottles at time of bottling their personal wines for home consumption.
Dedicated to the art of oenophilic pursuits, the winemasters of Borrelli Wines help guests craft their own wine, providing dozens of winemaking supplies, tools, and services. Their well-stocked store shelves all the necessary supplies to handcraft your own wine, with wine juices from Vin Bon and kits from Cellar Classic, Sorriso, and Orchard Breezin for fermenting batches ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay. Those without the ideal environment for fermenting wine, such as a vacant secret dungeon, can opt to ferment grape juices within Borrelli Wines’ temperate cellar and leave all the making to the professionals by simply starting the batch, signing a contract, and returning to bottle the wine once complete.
Village Wine Shop, in business for more than 60 years, culls together hundreds of varietals from around the globe, augmented by sundry liquors and craft beers. Wines of all hues and tastes await aficionados along the venue’s walls and in aisles of crates that line the oblong, wood-floored shop. Every other Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., patrons file into the store for a free tasting and a chance to get a bottle of wine’s signature on a copy of The Grapes of Wrath.