Make Wine With Us

First Press Olive Oil Co.

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Vintners help students crush, press, rack, and bottle 12 bottles of California wine made from fresh grapes over course of nine months

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Promotional value expires Aug 31, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person, may buy 1 additional as gifts. Must register online by 8/31/12. Must be 21 or older. Valid only for one case of wine per voucher. $15 New Jersey wine making license not included and must be purchased at redemption. Couples may attend classes jointly at no additional cost, and may join winemaking sessions for a $50 fee. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$149 for a Winemaking Class and Take-Home Wine ($300 Value)

Over the course of nine months, students create their own wines using fresh California grapes. The four-class series begins in late October, when participants gather to begin the four-step process using the winery’s equipment. At the end of the nine months, students reap the fruits of their labor, hauling home a case of 12 bottles of handmade wine to pair with dinners or the neighbor's new white carpet. Couples are welcome to attend classes jointly, though only one person can directly participate in each winemaking event.

Make Wine With Us

John Gizzi and Diann Greco, the American Wine Society–certified wine judges at Make Wine With Us, teach wine aficionados to create their own wines using grapes harvested in Californian and Chilean vineyards. At the start of the nine-month process (California grapes in the fall, Chile grapes in the spring), winemakers-to-be assemble with fellow enthusiasts to learn the intricacies of the trade. Patrons learn to crush and destem grapes in a machine called a crusher-destemmer, named after the device's favorite Germanic metal band. Following the crushing process, a hydraulic press forces juice into barrels, where it shall remain until the conclusion of its sweet, sweet metamorphosis.

When wine awakens from its hibernation, patrons remove suspended yeast cells and skin particles though a process called racking. At the end of the nine-month period, newly minted winemakers lean on family and friends to fill, cork, and custom-label the finished product. Budding vintners then tote home their vintages to share with family, friends, and robot butlers with built-in carafes.

First Press Olive Oil Co.

First Press Olive Oil Co. made its name researching olive oils the world over, basing its selection of carefully-crafted flavors on the season. The Meyer Lemon EVOO compliments warm summer days while their balsamic vinegars imported from Modena, Italy offer summer flavors of cucumber melon, apricot, raspberry, and strawberry peach. When temperatures die down, fall flavors will feature walnut, pumpkin, and cranberry.

Customer Reviews

So far so good, had a lot of fun and learned about wine making. A very friendly group!
Mary · October 25, 2012
We are having a great experience using our Groupon! We have crushed and pressed our grapes! Before we decided for sure which wine we would make, we were able to taste samples of last year's vintage, of the five wines available to choose from. The wines we tasted were all quite good, and we look forward to our case of wine at the end of the process. John, Diann, and John Jr. are very knowledgeable about the wine-making process, and they are welcoming and friendly, as well. This experience definitely is exceeding our expectations, and we would DEFINITELY recommend this venture!
Kathryn M. · October 18, 2012
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Sandra M. · October 25, 2013

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