Wine Tasting/Food Pairing Party Drink Wine. Do Good.
With this offering, 10-12 people will participate in a private wine tasting and food pairing at The Aspen Lane Wine Company’s winery, located in east Aurora. The Aspen Lane Wine Company not only is a working winery, but a showcase of inspired art crafted by members of the disability community. The winery is proud to display 12 large art pieces that have been created by children and adults who are resilient and successfully overcoming their disabilities every day.
While enjoying the artwork, the individuals will be able to sample nine different wines, spanning the spectrum from off-dry white to a bold red. They will learn how to taste wine and discover the underlying flavors in each varietal. They will also be able to experience the art of wine pairing by tasting tempting hors d’oeuvres created by the winery’s private chef; yes, they will get nine small plate appetizers paired with nine wines! Not only will they taste wine from a glass, but they will have the opportunity to taste wine directly from the barrel and learn how to discern the subtle differences between French and American barrels and their influence on the winemaking process.
If that isn’t enough, they will be able to take part in their own “mini wine crush” and help transform grapes on the vine to juice in the glass. To begin the “mini wine crush” experience, they will don an Aspen Lane Winery coverall, and place grape clusters in the crusher/destemming machine. The crusher will produce “grape must” which they will then hydraulically press into juice for barrel fermentation (it’s much easier than it sounds!). Since primary and secondary fermentation takes many months to complete, finished red wine will be available for them to bottle and cork. After applying a custom Aspen Lane Wine Company label, each person will be able to take home his or her own bottle of wine that day!
Available after August 1.
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"There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk."M. F. K. Fisher