Booth's Brewing outfits customers with quality beer- and wine-making supplies, from Briess dry malts to brew kettles by Blichmann Engineering. Hops-savvy staffers also guide students through the basics of crafting custom beers at home with beer-brewing classes. The sessions familiarize students with standard brewing equipment and ingredients, arming them with the theoretical and practical knowledge to successfully make beer at home without fitting their bathtub with a blowoff hose.
A towering wine rack spans an entire wall and glimmers with more than 1,000 bottles. Across the room, a lineup of nitrogen-regulated Enomatic machines dispenses samples from 80 wines to be sipped, swirled, and theatrically spit while reclining on a leather sofa, or while sitting at the long wooden bar. Small, shareable plates populate Sarasota Vineyard's menu in the forms of cheeses, roasted olives, and prosciutto-wrapped figs, ideal for pairing with wines or barley pops from a list of 20 beers.
Equipped with in-depth product knowledge and bottles from all over the world, the consultants of PRP Wine International waltz into homes ready to answer nearly any question a novice oenophile may have. As they pour samples for small groups, they explain everything from the intricacies of flavor profiles and the correct pronunciation of “pinot noir” to the most dramatic way to throw a glass of red at a mortal enemy. After tastings, guests can select any of the wine varietals sampled, all of which are chosen by PRP consultants after thorough scrutiny.
The spirited wine bar fetes grown-up grape-juice lovers of all varietals with a plethora of deliciously fermented beverages and savory eats alongside a cozy smoking room ideal for enjoying top-brand cigars. Settle in at one of the hardwood high-top tables or along the timber-culled bar with the mediterranean flatbread teeming with feta cheese, chicken, creamy hummus, and a smattering of kalamata olives ($8), or grab hold of the bumble-bee banini buzzing with a white-albacore-tuna medley in a warm, bready embrace ($7). Like Derrida's interpretation of Dr. Seuss, the deconstructed salad breaks down a list of ingredients for creative herbivores to choose from, including monterey cheese, sundried tomatoes, black olives, and a choice of drizzled dressing ($6). Myriad wine tapas such as the smoked salmon ($9), artisan cheese ($8), and toast-point trio ($6) complement the varied vineyard delights available in the fermentation emporium.
Starting from humble roots in his farmhouse kitchen, Keel and Curley’s founder, Joe Keel, started his winery in 2003 with just 10 gallons of homemade blueberry wine, made from the leftover crop of that year’s berries. Today, the company has grown to produce more than 20,000 cases of fruit-based ambrosias, including blueberry, blackberry, and seven fusion wines forged from a blend of fresh fruit and classic grape-based red and white varietals. After touring the winery's facilities to learn about the winemaking process, guests may sample vintages crafted from strawberries, key lime, and peaches while perched on tall wooden stools behind the bar area of the tasting room. They may also steal away to the outdoor wooden deck, which offers panoramic views of the green vineyards, tree-lined pond, and white gazebo, which plays host to wedding ceremonies and re-enactments of wedding ceremonies. The after-hours wine bar keeps guests entertained throughout the night with UnCorked events featuring live music, appetizers, and happy hour specials.
Since 1980, Time For Wine has colored the palates of wine lovers with a wealth of limited-production vintages from around the world that are typically unavailable in stores, restaurants, or juice boxes. Personal consultants continue the cherished traditions of European wine tasting by helping clients select a choice bottle with thorough sampling, taste analysis, and metaphors that may involve freshly cut grass or the musk of a well-travelled nickel. The boutique's sommeliers can make house calls to customers to host tastings of wines such as Italian chianti and South American malbec, and mail orders of finely aged grape juices ship within 24 hours. Customized labels grace specially ordered bottles with family photos, family crests, and personal messages.
Fledgling wine lovers and wine stalkers who have loved wine only from a distance through high-powered wineoculars can find out exactly why they love it with today's Groupon. For $60, you get three months of Wine Club membership at the WineStyles at 1051 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Wesley Chapel (a $105 value). Those months will be February, March, and April of 2010.