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The Beer and Winemaker's Pantry

9200 66th St, Pinellas Park

Winemaking Class for One, Two, or Four with Samples and Take-Home Bottle of Wine Per Person (Up to 48% Off)

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Students are taught how to make their own wine while sampling varieties to attempt at home

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Amaritop reviewer helpful reviewer
15 ratings7 reviews
January 11, 2022
Idk if it wasn’t clearly laid out in the instructions or if it was an oversight on my behalf, but I thought I’d be making wine. Instead, I sat there for an hour and watched Mary read the how-to from a recipe book for making wine with real fruit and then watched her make the wine from the concentrate she sales in-store. I also didn’t fully understand the process: fermentation, bottling, etc etc which takes like 8 weeks total so I guess it does make more sense we aren’t allowed to make our own for a mere $20. You can schedule to make your own though, north of $100. Mary was knowledgeable, the class was intimate. Supposed to be 6 of us but only 4 showed. And everyone was really fun and enjoyable. The fruit and crackers were served and we were able to sample 5 different wines. So overall I still enjoyed the experience but you’ve been informed this is not hands on.
Ysbethtop reviewer helpful reviewer
18 ratings13 reviews2 photos
September 6, 2021
Very nice to learn something new, also excellent to know you can preorder for gifts or events. Worthy experience.
Irenetop reviewer
9 ratings7 reviews
August 11, 2021
Great experience! Learned a lot about how to make wine and got to taste some awesome unique wines and flavors. It's honestly an experience I'd recommend!
Jennifertop reviewer
9 ratings5 reviews
August 8, 2021
Overall it was a good experience. We learned a lot about the home wine making process.
2 ratings1 reviews
August 7, 2021
Mary is great! Very educational & fun class .
1 ratings1 reviews
June 12, 2021
Truly an amazing experience! The host was so informative and helped us with every step while allowing us to have deliciously made wine. I would recommend this to anyone if they want an excellent experience of a winetasting and if ever a desire to potentially make wine.
Kristentop reviewer
7 ratings5 reviews
April 12, 2021
We had a great time and learned a lot. Will be back soon to do some winemaking! Thanks, Mary!
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1 ratings1 reviews
March 21, 2021
Fabulous class run by a very knowledgeable, down to earth woman. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes wine!
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About This Deal

The Deal

Winemaking class, including samples and a take-home bottle of wine per person:

  • $22.50 for one person ($40 value)
  • $41 for two people ($80 value)
  • $90 for four people ($160 value)

Wine Aeration: Breathing Out the Bad

Whether you swirl it, decant it, or leave it out, wine is changed by interaction with the air around it. Learn how its flavor transforms for the better with Groupon’s guide to aeration.

Drink wine with seasoned oenophiles and you may notice some strange rituals: lots of sniffing, swirling, and slurping usually takes place before they reach the bottom of the glass. They may even uncork the bottle and leave it out for an hour or two, or perhaps pour it into an oddly shaped vessel or through a futuristic-looking spigot. This is called aeration, or simply letting the wine breathe.

The latter description may actually be more precise. Aeration exists not so much to let air in as to let other stuff out—namely, sulfides, sulfites, and tannins. Sulfides are a natural byproduct of the winemaking process, and although wineries strive to keep them out of the finished bottle, they’re impossible to avoid completely. Although nearly 100 types of sulfides can be found in wine, there are only 10 that mess with a wine’s aroma. Uncork a wine with these compounds and you’re liable to smell anything from rotten eggs to burnt rubber. Sulfites, in contrast, are a class of antioxidants added by winemakers to keep products from spoiling, aging unpredictably, or growing up to hang out with wine coolers. Many believe they mask desirable flavors that might otherwise develop over time, or they may simply release a burnt smell upon uncorking.

Tannins, the third sip-spoiling culprit, impart a bitter flavor and an astringent mouthfeel. When you bite into an unripe banana or a raw walnut, tannins are what you taste; plants produce this molecule as defense against being eaten before their seeds are ready to be spread. Tannins come from the grape’s seeds, stem, and skin—which is why red wine is generally more tannic—but also from the wooden barrels the wine is aged in. Tannins help give reds character, but they can also can dominate the palate and overwhelm subtler notes.

Wine aeration seems to help break down these readily vaporized compounds, opening up the bouquet and bringing forth more pleasing flavors. Although the traditional method is simply to open the bottle and leave it out for one to two hours, a bevy of aeration tools helps those who can’t wait for that first sip. Wide-bottomed decanters expose the wine to oxygen by increasing its surface area and its motion while also allowing the sediment that clouds many older vintages to settle. Other devices fit on or into the bottle in order to swirl and expand the wine during the pour. In general, the older and more delicate the wine, the less aeration time it will need—leave it out too long and the delightful complexities and inspiration to start speaking French will begin to drift away as well.

Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Classes are held on Saturdays at 4pm. Appointment required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gift(s). May be repurchased every 30 days. Valid only for option purchased. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed voucher price). Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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