Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today's Groupon in moderate proportions: for $75, you get a 12-bottle winemaking package at Purple Feet in Huntington Beach.
In 90-minute sessions, groups of no more than 20 people combine their choice of 15 styles of freshly squeezed grape must from Napa, Central Valley, and Italy, designing a customized collective concoction. Each batch needs to marinate for six weeks at Purple Feet before transforming into a pumpkin and then into a drinkable product, with two optional check-ins throughout the process to add yeast and coo words of encouragement. People can fill their own bottles with their blends at no charge or purchase a new ($18) or used ($10) vessel from the winery. Purple Feet takes the personalization process a step further by dressing bottles in custom-designed labels after receiving the designs by email, scan, or boomerang. Purple Feet's campus also features a wine bar with outdoor patio seating.
7240 Heil Ave.
Huninghton Beach, California 92647