During Prohibition, bootleggers made their own booze by burying grapes underground or catching moonbeams in a jar of water. Make alcohol the easy way with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a wine-making experience yielding 24 bottles worth of wine of wine (a $150 value) at The Wine Garden Warehouse Winery. This Groupon does not include bottles, though customers are encouraged to use their own; bottles can also be purchased (for an additional cost) at The Wine Garden. Choose from the following locations: West Wine Garden on Schneider Road, Central Wine Garden on Chatelain Road, South Wine Garden on Sieveright Road, or East Wine Garden on St. Joseph Boulevard.
The Wine Garden sources premium international grapes to pour romantic refreshments into Ottawa's urban chalice. The wine-making experience commences with a smooth selection of either pinot gris, a classic, versatile dry white, or Chilean carmenere, an earthy red with an unusual history and tendency to recite inappropriate limericks at family reunions ($150). Customers hold an active role in mixing the yeast with pure, organic juices. After the wine has fermented for about 45 days, The Wine Garden's adroit equipment batches it into 24 bottles, which can be purchased from the facility ($0.75 each) or foraged from office recycling bins for no extra fee. Corks, labels, and shrink-wrap are included.
The Wine Garden
Wineries are often found far down country roads, shrouded by the curling tendrils of their vineyards. At The Wine Garden, though, the entire winemaking experience can be had without setting foot outside of the city.
Yeast bubbles busily in stainless-steel fermentation vessels, transforming the juices of grapes from fertile regions of Chile, Argentina, and California. The fermentation process yields wines that range from crisp chardonnay to heady cabernet franc, the progenitor of cabernet sauvignon, and oak barrels bestow some of the elixirs with a rich maze of tannins. Fruit wines made with peaches, cranberries, or strawberries make refreshing summertime drinks and help work friends mingle with hummingbird friends at parties. Patrons play a major role in the entire process, selecting grapes and siphoning finished wine into bottles.