Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today's Groupon in moderate proportions: for $49, you get a Wine Making Experience from Grape & Hop Shoppe (a $112 value) on Bayfield Street.
Grape & Hop Shoppe tutors budding brewers through the art of crafting grape-spawned varietals. The Wine Making Experience yields customers 30 bottles worth of grand cru table wine (a $72 value) plus processing (a $40 value) from a choice of eight grape varietals, including merlot, pinot noir, pinot grigio, chardonnay, Italian red, shiraz, chianti, and riesling, all excellent for sipping by the glass or by the hat-full. Facilities and equipment include an ageing room, two bottling stations, wine aerator that enhances flavour and mellows acidity, corks, and customizable labels to commemorate special events like weddings or Baby's first wordplay. Bottles (regularly $30 for 30) are not included in this offer, though Groupon customers receive 25% off bottle purchases or can bring in their own.