Just like people, grapes must reach a certain age before they can enter a liquor store. Enjoy the fruits of adulthood with this Groupon.
- $149 for a winemaking class for two($300 value)
- Choose from four varietals: malbec, cabernet sauvignon, carmenere-cabernet sauvignon, or bordeaux-style
- Three sessions spread out over nine months
- Includes monthly barrel tastings
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.
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.