Creating something from nothing is one of life’s most satisfying feelings, whether it be a pie, a piece of furniture, or a fire-breathing reptile. Today’s Groupon lets you fill up on that feeling with fermented goodness: for $69, you get a Vino del Vida World Tour winemaking experience and 30 bottles of wine from Bloor West Winery in Etobicoke (a $138 value). This deal includes all necessary supplies except for bottles, which may be brought from home or purchased as a set at the winery for $29.95 plus tax.
The good oenophiles at Bloor West specialize in creating fine fermented blends from a global variety of varietals, and their stock reflects the sophisticated tastes of experienced winemakers. As you embark on your personalized grape-juice adventure, the winery's experts will be there to help you choose a varietal, based on your tastes, to blend from the eight choices available (see the sidebar for more details). Excepting bottles, the winery supplies all the materials you need, including ingredients, corks, shrink wraps, labels, shark tanks, and on-site equipment, and during your initial visit, you’ll craft your concoction before leaving it to be made for about four weeks. When you return, you’ll bottle, label, cork, and carry out the gourmet grape blood. Your first visit will take ten minutes, and your second visit will take only about a half hour, which makes it a quick and fun stop for overbooked and busy folk or fast-paced fugitives with an on-the-go lifestyle. High-falutin’ fermenters can choose to use this Groupon toward a higher quality of grape for an additional fee and slightly longer winemaking period.
Making a selection of your own wine allows you to take pride in each sip of antioxidant-rich substance and also control costs for your next party or living-room staging of The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Call ahead to schedule your time.
You must be at least 19 years of age and a resident of Ontario.
Bloor West Winery won seven Bloor West Villager Readers' Choice awards for Best Make Your Own Wine.