Of all the lies you've told, "I own my own winery" ranks up there with "My girlfriend in Canada invented the idea of emoticons." Today’s grapey Groupon preserves the lie with a personalized pour. For $55, you’ll get $110 toward wine at Casavino Custom Winery, a father-and-son-owned winery that specializes in custom bottles and high-quality varietals. With this Groupon, you can create your own batch, customize labels on pre-made bottles, or apply your value toward a wine tasting.
In order to DIYine, you'll start by scheduling a tasting, where you'll sample up to 40 different varietals to determine your favorite flavor. Next, you'll work directly with Casavino's expert wine-makers on primary fermentation. After your wine is deemed quality and ready for bottling, you'll work with the winery's graphic artist to create a custom label before bottling, corking, and labeling it. Custom wine batches start at $250, but you can always opt to just stick a custom label over a pre-made wine; choose from red ($23), white ($19), fruity and blush ($13), or dessert ($18). You may also use your Groupon toward a wine tasting.
Aside from being a thoughtful gift for special occasions, birthdays, or weddings, Casavino's custom wines are also a perfect outlet for self-expression, self-promotion, and people who waste hours debating which label in the wine store is the prettiest.
- This winery is nestled in a gorgeous little town and I highly recommend visiting if you are at all interested in wine! – Christine, Google
- I highly recommend this unique experience for yourselves, or as a gift to a wine lover in your life. The wines are very drinkable, and are similar to comparably priced wines available from local retailers. – About.com
Casavino Custom Winery
Though Casavino Custom Winery carries up to 40 of its own wines at any given time—including blackberry, shiraz, and white-chocolate port—its main attraction is giving patrons the ability to make their own. During the winemaking experience, visitors sample the winery's many vintages, then decide which variety they'd like to ferment under the guidance of an expert winemaker. Budding sommeliers even create their own label design with help from an in-house graphic artist. The experience culminates in a group tasting for family, friends, and wine glasses over the age of 21, an event which occurs in a tasting room lined with barrels and jugs of busily fermenting wine.