Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $69, you get a wine-making experience at The Wine Place Markham (a $139 value) on Main Street North in Markham.
At The Wine Place, would-be vintners can mix and bottle their own reds or whites using varietals from around the world. Visitors can choose a vino-to-be from a selection of wine kits derived from grapes grown in such locales as South Africa, South America, California, Italy, and the mythical land of Shangri-La. Once guests have decided on a variety for their batch—including cabernet sauvignon, syrah, pinot gris, and more—friendly, knowledgeable staff members help pour nascent libations into a large jug, mix in crucial ingredients, and stir.
After about six weeks, during which time the wine stays on the premises for filtering, barrel aging, and nightly square dancing, clients return to bottle their creation using The Wine Place's automated equipment. A batch makes 30 bottles; wine harvesters can either bring their own vessels or buy bottles on the premises ($1 each). The Wine Place prides itself on maintaining a wine-making operation nestled in a brightly lit Heritage building boasting hardwood floors, high ceilings, and a lush garden inhabited by friendly booze sprites out back.