Wine stored in a bottle gets better with age, whereas a message sent in a bottle is the best way to avoid exorbitant stamp prices. Fill your own glass envelopes with today’s Groupon: for $149, you get a fresh-juice winemaking experience at Vin Bon in Scarborough (a $300 value). The winemaking experience includes the following:
- Fresh cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay juice for 24–26 bottles of wine
- 24–26 custom Bordeaux bottles
- 24–26 corks, shrinks, and labels
- 30-minute winemaking overview
- Six wine-tasting glasses
Vin Bon’s oenologists employ their libation-crafting savvy to guide customers through the art of creating vintages within an on-site winemaking facility. Upon arrival, guests stockpile vino-centric knowledge during a 30-minute winemaking overview helmed by a seasoned instructor, who elucidates the basics such as how to milk a grape. Participants then choose from imported juices hailing from grapes such as cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay and hand over their selections to winemakers for the vinting process. Vintners closely monitor each juice batch on its journey to fermentation by blending ingredients in stainless steel containers and housing the mixture until it is ready for bottling. Once batches have reached maturation, customers can top off 24–26 custom Bordeaux bottles with their red or white brew before assembling the corked vessels into sculptures of Dionysus’s favourite decanter. Six take-home wine-tasting glasses enable sipping of freshly minted libations, and each newborn batch is also bolstered by Vin Bon’s guarantee.
The winemakers at Vin Bon, using juices from international harvests, invite customers into the winemaking process, helping them craft their own vintages without the time-consuming steps of squeezing, straining, and background-checking their own grapes. After helping guests select their juice, the winemakers monitor and blend ingredients in each batch on its journey through fermentation and filtration. In addition to their winemaking services, Vin Bon sources premium juices and grapes, such as cabernet sauvignon and riesling.