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 $80, you get a winemaking workshop at Grapefully Yours in New Westminster (a $160 value, tax included). As part of this deal customers also receive a $50 voucher to use toward any future purchase.
The experienced vintners at Grapefully Yours help guests transform grape juice into batches of red and white wine in hands-on workshops. Participants who prefer white wine can brew chamblaise or delicate, slightly-tart riesling, and those who favour reds can concoct merlot or an oaky cabernet sauvignon to stain lips a specific shade of rouge. Brewing specialists help participants combine yeast, filtered water, and clippings from mature wine trees in a fermentation container, where the components synthesize into a sippable brew. Participants return approximately four weeks later to bottle their wine—23 litres worth—into containers of their choice. Attendees can bring along their own bottles, jugs, or waterproof suitcases to carry libations home, or they can purchase 750-millilitre bottles ($1) on-site. Labels, corks, and shrink capsules are included, and participants can upgrade to another type of wine or request customized labels for an additional fee.
In 1993, Ms. Bonny Brown formed Grapefully Yours to bring the secrets of wine- and beer-making to the masses. Today, her dream is housed inside Grape Plus Wine Cellar, which is owned by Betsy Rong. Her staff walks customers through selecting and fermenting their chosen brew—a simple process that can treat palates to dozens of red, white, and fruit mist wines, which fuse juicy flavours such as banana and pineapple. An air conditioner's gentle breeze keeps mixtures cool on their journey from grape to wine before bottle-filling and corking machines ready potables to pour into wineglasses or empty ice-cube trays. Additionally, the staff can emblazon bottles with custom labels or dispense beer kits that let customers create bubbly lagers and ales.
921 12th St.
New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 4K7