True wine connoisseurs teach themselves to distinguish varietals, identify flawed bottles, and cry pure chardonnay. Become one with the grape with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$199 for a year-long wine-making course for one (a $750 value)
$350 for a year-long wine-making course for two (a $1,500 value)
The wine-making course consists of four 65- to 90-minute sessions:
- In September or October, sort grapes and put them in the crusher before measuring acid and sugar levels. A champagne toast marks the experience, as expert winemakers detail the fermentation and pressing process.
- During the first racking session in January or February, students taste the young wine before racking, which adds acid, oak, tannins, and sulfur dioxide. Groups pump and siphon the wine, clean equipment, and learn more about the barrel-aging process. Another post-rack tasting highlights changes in the wine from these processes.
- Blending takes place about 10 months later, during which students can precisely mix wines for a personalized taste.
- 11–14 months after the initial process, students bottle, cork, wax, and label six bottles of wine to take home. Bottling is celebrated at the winery with a tasting and small food plate as experts explain bottle aging and proper storage.
During the wine-making process, students can enjoy 70% off glasses in the tasting wine as well as complimentary wine pairings when available.
J. Hamilton Wines
Being raised in Saint Helena and schooled with makers of renown California wines, John Hamilton used his knowledge of the wine business to envision a different industry design moving into the 21st century. By exploiting the vastly different results in grapes from year-to-year, and by taking other factors such as micro-climates and soil composition into account, John specialized in creating unique custom wine blends. It was this craft that lead to the creation of J. Hamilton Wines.
Capitalizing on satisfaction of visitors, customers can flock to a tasting room called Flight, located in an industrial complex. Reminiscent of a beatnik-era San Francisco speakeasy, patrons can sample varieties of J.Hamilton's sparkling, white, and red wines from Thursday through Sunday.