Making your own wine instills a sense of accomplishment during meals, much like harvesting your own vegetables or chewing your own food. Achieve your digestive goals with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a two-hour winemaking class at Grape and Grains (a $150 value). Classes start June 1.
Grape gurus Ken and Janel Anderson proffer their skills to up to ten students in a winemaking class, where pupils craft, bottle, and cork their own ambrosias. First, vintners combine the juice from one of 50 varietals (including pinot noir, chardonnay, and blackberry merlot) with just the right amount of yeast in a primer bucket before funneling their potion into a glass carboy for fermentation. During the one- to six-month waiting period (depending on the grape and desired flavor), students can submit their own label design via e-mail to Grape and Grains, whether it be a cartoon oak cask, a photo of an orchard, or a photocopy of a dental bill. The Andersons will contact each of their disciples when it's time to bottle, cork, and label the finished product.
Grape and Grains
The wine pours freely and the beer bubbles over frosty pint glasses at Grape and Grains, a family-operated homebrew and wine retailer that couples an appreciation for fine craftsmanship with a DIY approach. Owners Kenny and Janel Anderson—enthusiastic experts in hops and wine, respectively—have combined their passions into an enterprise that is one part supply shop and one part educational hub. As Janel presides over the wine bar and teaches classes in wine making, Kenny leads excursions into the complex world of home brewing, showing off the various hop varieties of IPAs and the tears of ousted MPs that give English ales their signature bitterness. The couple share their zeal for spirits with all comers at least 21 years of age, granting members of Grape and Grains' beer and wine club a 10% discount and military vets a 20% discount on products and classes.
104 Mauldin Rd.
Greenville, South Carolina 29605