Explorer Ponce de León abandoned his quest to discover the mythical land of wine after a tumble into the Fountain of Youth left him eternally underage. Take up his journey with today’s Groupon: for $89, you get a Winexpert winemaking package (a $178 total value). Choose from the following four locations:
- Creative Connoisseur in Edmonton
- Creative Connoisseur in St. Albert
- Cap An' Cork in Edmonton
- Harvest Brewing Co in Edmonton
The winemaking package includes each of the following:
- World Vineyard wine kit (an $88 value)
- Starter equipment pack (a $70 value)
- Introductory winemaking lesson (a $20 value)
The authorized Winexpert retailers at Creative Connoisseur, Cap An' Cork, and Harvest Brewing Co empower tipplers to embark on a four-week odyssey that replenishes wine racks with 30 750-millilitre bottles of home-fermented wine and hand-hewn pride. At each store, vino experts discuss customers' wine preferences and then guide tipplers toward a selection from Winexpert's World Vineyard collection. Wines include a Chilean Malbec, which peppers tongues with blackberries, plums and licorice, and an Australian Chardonnay, as supple and buttery as the Pillsbury Doughboy after yoga class.
Following a 30-minute tutorial on the winemaking process, customers embark home to kick off the four-step process that transforms grape juice into an ambrosial elixir. After igniting fermentation, winemakers shepherd their stash toward a provided carboy—a large container— before it is clarified, bottled, and has its genie inserted. Within four weeks, vintners can toast friends with a glass, jug, or hollowed-out pumpkin of homemade wine.