- $99 for an Intro to Winemaking Class for two (a $198 value)
With multiple weekday and select weekend times each month, this approximately two-hour class introduces budding oenophiles to the business of making wine. The instruction begins with the basic steps of transforming grapes into vino, touching on those techniques that influence taste variables such as body, tannin, and dryness. Participants also take a guided walking tour through the winery’s production facility, where their instructor demonstrates the process of bottling the wine and then gives them the chance to fill, cork, and foil a bottle on their own. The class also includes wine tastings right out of the barrel, and time allotted for Q&A.
At Grape Beginnings, passionate wine aficionado Frank D’Aponte splits his time between producing his own high-quality vintages and instructing others on how to do the same. Frank has a decade of winemaking experience under his belt; as a third-generation winemaker, grape juice runs through his veins. Frank has deepened his knowledge with extensive travel throughout the Napa and Sonoma valleys, studying under master winemakers such as James Allen of Sequoia Grove Vineyards. Novice vintners delve into every aspect of the process, including pressing fresh grapes from California, Chile, Italy, and Argentina, racking in oak barrels, and bottling with custom-made labels.