Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $70, you get a winemaking experience (up to a $145 value, including HST) at Crescent Wines in Langley.
Winner of numerous plaudits, including WineMaker magazine's U-Vint of the Year award in 2009, Crescent Wines, an on-premise winemaking store, allows patrons the opportunity to select and bottle their own batches of vino. Would-be vintners can choose from six wine varietals—chardonnay, gewurztraminer, pinot grigio, cabernet shiraz, merlot, and valpolicella—from Crescent Wine's selection of high-quality wine kits for a total yield of 31 bottles of a single style. Once the selection process has run its course, Crescent Wine's staff members take over, using their patented methods of racking and handling your nascent libations during the fermentation process.
Opting for as natural an approach as possible, Crescent Wines uses only filtered water, no fining additives, and cork that has passed the bar exam. After about 6–8 weeks, customers return to the shop to bottle beverages using state-of-the-art equipment, including an automatic triple filler, power corker, and instant shrink wrapper. Bottles are not included but are available for purchase at $1 plus HST, or customers can bring their own clean bottles for use on the day of bottling.
WineMaker magazine awarded Crescent Wines with U-Vint of the Year in the 2009 International Amateur Wine Competition. Crescent Wines has also been awarded numerous medals for individual wines in the past few years.