A good case of wine, much like a roaring tire fire, can last for weeks, filling those around it with ruddy cheeks and a newfound appreciation for midafternoon naps. Benefit from extended home bacchanalia with today's Groupon: for $73, you get a four-week red or white wine kit (up to a $158 value) at Rosie's Grape Stop on Gray Road.
Rosie's Grape Stop intoxicates visitors in grand U-Brew fashion, stocking the equipment and ingredients necessary for crafting custom alcoholic elixirs, as well as kits and supplies for the home brewer. Cellar Craft fits Rosie's wine kits with a single vintage available in transregional global cuvée or regional classics varieties. Wines are bottle ready in about four weeks, as their flavour blooms from an awkward slurry of raw varietal juices, international concentrates, and nerdish horn-rimmed glasses into a high-school beauty queen.
Four-week whites beckon wine-based shampoo makers and freelance sommeliers alike to choose from sips of dry, citrusy global cuvée chardonnay or a fruity gewürztraminer finished with an all-natural "flavour reserve" ($115). On the other hand, four-week reds entice puckish palates with a catalogue of medium-bodied, higher-alcohol pours, including Verona’s valpolicella or Chilean reserve cabernet sauvignon ($120). Each kit fills 30 bottles with vivacious vine juice ($30), sealed and labelled to reflect their hallowed contents and astrological sign ($8).
Rosie's Grape Stop
At the family-owned "U-brew" emporium Rosie's Grape Stop, a helpful staff provides customers with the equipment, ingredients, and work space required for crafting wines, ciders, coolers, and beers. After helping customers find a desired drink kit, the specialists assist with the production of a first batch, which can be picked up or delivered by a stork four to eight weeks later. Wine kits include a pinot grigio Italian riserva, which blooms with fresh citrus notes and lively spiciness, as well as a merlot global cuvée, which exudes a slight grassy scent and subtle fruit flavours. Sparkling cider kits enable guests to concoct refreshing cranberry, pear, or nectarine beverages, and their beer kits feature lagers, ales, and stouts that free grains and yeast from their usual suspension in bread prisons.