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 additional to their winemaking services and kits, Vin Bon sources premium juices and grapes, such as cabernet sauvignon and riesling.
The Wine Bar is a restaurant made for sharing. Everything on the menu—from the braised meat of the beef bourguignon to the goat-cheese chocolate truffles drizzled in chocolate syrup—arrives on plates designed to be passed between friends and family. Of course, the bottles of Canadian wines that line the restaurant's walls also lend themselves to being passed around, particularly the exclusive vintages secured by The Wine Bar's sommelier.
In that same spirit of sharing, The Wine Bar doesn't hide much from the public eye, except the lever that keeps the restaurant's gravity on. Jars of organic, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients function as a Technicolor decorative display whenever the chefs aren't incorporating them into dishes. A wooden counter surrounds the open kitchen, letting diners watch every step of their maple squash risotto's creation, while a similar setup wraps around the wine bar.
Grapefully Yours employs just as many wine experts as any wine store, but its shelves are completely devoid of the elegantly labeled bottles one might expect to find. Instead, they house an array of buckets, jugs, and wine ingredients: all the accoutrement needed to make your own wine. The store's staff specializes in helping people pick exactly the kind of wine they love, and then teaching them to ferment up to 23 liters of the beverage. They create kits for wines from all over the globe, from a riesling to a pinot noir. After a customer selects their preferred varietal or blend, the staff walks them through the entire winemaking process, step by step and day by day. Once the wine is completed, they provide bottles for their guests to fill up, label as they please, and take home to store in their wine cellar or backyard wine hole.
Sheppard Wine Works puts the winemaking process in the hands of its customers. With a wide variety of juices and concentrates to choose from, visitors can create their favourite types of vino, whether it's a Californian cabernet or a Seville orange sangria. Once the varietal has been chosen, Sheppard Wine Works’ staff takes care of the nitty-gritty, fermenting concoctions for up to six weeks before bottling and corking them. Clients may also customize the look of their resulting batch of bottles by choosing little details such as the foil colour and label image. For more experienced vintners, the shop also offers a selection of winemaking kits to use at home.
The interior of Anna William Wine Making looks a little like a vintage kitchen and a little like a science laboratory. That's because the operation is a little of both. Inside the lemon yellow room, walls are lined with shelves bursting with fermentation buckets, giant spoons, and all the necessary equipment guests need to make their own wine. In just four-to-six weeks, guests can produce enough wine to fill 30 bottles or a small jacuzzi, and staff are well versed in many styles of wine, from cabernet sauvignon, to Chilean malbecs.
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