Before it was tamed, the wild grape was the scourge of the valleys, mocking the looks of recently sheared sheep and running away with farmers’ sons. Drink to the fruits of cultivation with today’s Groupon to Wine Kitz in Kitsilano. Choose from the following options:
- For $59, you get a two-hour winemaking or beer-making class for one (a $125 value).
- For $220, you get a two-hour winemaking or beer-making class for four (a $500 value).
- For $300, you get a two-hour winemaking or beer-making class for six (a $750 value).
With more than 20 years of beer-making and winemaking experience, the fermenters at Wine Kitz pass on their libation know-how during two-hour group classes. Winemakers can choose from more than 30 grape-juice varieties from Chile, Australia, Italy, California, and grade schools around the world, and beer brewers choose from more than 10 of Wine Kitz’s pure-wort kits. The professional potation creators house all of the necessary equipment, including an electric bottle-filling machine and a corking-and-capping machine. Pupils can wizen their hand-mixed saps in large glass carboys or in an oak barrel, choosing their preferred amount of oak flavour, dryness, sweetness, and karaoke-inducing abilities. Each student crafts up to five litres of wine or beer that can be picked up, bottled, and corked six weeks after the class (bottles are not included but may be purchased on-site for $1–$1.50; pickup process takes less than 30 minutes).