What You'll Get
As many homegrown winemakers can attest, making bathtub pinot noir can result in low-quality wine and showers that make your body dirtier instead of cleaner. Instead, make your own grape-squash using professional equipment and instruction with today’s Groupon. For $39, you get $125 toward a batch of custom-made wine (each batch yields about 30 bottles) and five wine tastings (a $2 value per tasting) at Tino Vino Vintners in Hyde Park. Custom wine batches start at $215.
Creating a custom-made wine is a lot more rewarding than producing questionable homemade toothpaste. At Tino Vino Vintners, the 6- to 10-week process begins with you “researching” (tasting) wine varietals to determine what you want yours to taste like. Five tastings will introduce your palate to its options in a round of speed dating for the taste buds. Next, the desired grapes are crushed, pressed, concentrated, and mixed with reverse-osmosis-filtered water, yeast, and other ingredients under the supervision of a winemaker. The winemaker will watch over your mixture’s progress during its two to three weeks of fermentation before stabilizing the wine with an optional clarifying agent and racking (removing sediment). Once your wine has been bottled, you may either pop it open and have a party or stash it away to let it age as gracefully as Burton Gilliam.
A select list of 13 batches—including varietals such as the green-apple Riesling and zinfandel, merlot, and cabernet mashing called Mezza Luna—start at the price of Gino's Grapes at $215. Eleven California varietals and one Spanish Rioja use grapes from Eddie's Estates and start at $295. Custom labels are also available, allowing customers to bling out their bottles with personalized photos or logos. You can even customize your cork; besides the standard composite option, you can seal your wine with the degeneration-preventative measure of a synthetic ($.25 per bottle) or the good-for-aging, 100% natural, Portuguese gray cork ($.25 per bottle).
Painting a striking portrait is commendable, but it will most likely have a rough consistency when paired with a pasta dinner. The experienced and friendly staff at Tino Vino Vintners allows customers to create their own works of sippable art using the same ingredients and equipment used by many top wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties, resulting in a much more capable conversation lubricator than an abstract portrayal of a bowl of fruit bowls.
If you bring in your own bottles for the complete batch, Tino Vino will reward your recycling ways by knocking $15 off your total batch price; just rinse and remove the label, and they will sanitize.
Wine Me, Dine Me endorses Tino Vino Vintners, saying:
- I got a muscat, which was fruity, but not too sweet, and a glass of Riesling (I think)...We had a great time tasting wine, gabbing, and munching. – Julie
Eighty-three percent of Urbanspooners recommend the winery:
- If you find yourself nervous of trying a "winery" for fear of being judged by the wine snobs for you lack of knowledge then rest easy. The young ladies who own and operate this hidden treasure are hilarious. – Nick Rakel
- Enjoyed a couple glasses of vino on their patio...was impressed with both the Zin and Pinot grigio considering they make their own wine. – Annette Bryan
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 29, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. May purchase multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per batch. Must be 21 years or older. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.