Last weekend Mike and I ventured into uncharted territory; We showed up at 1pm on Sunday at Wine Station on Bank Street ready to just come out reeking like grapes with an item checked off our "Honey Do" Wedding List. I would just like to add that since it was Sunday, I'm of the impression that it was in line with what Jesus would have wanted - considering he was all for turning water into wine.
So the task at hand was to make sure there will be enough wine on the tables come August 16 for both of our families - no small feat when you consider the two groups we will be brining together. One alone might have been a breaking point but when you have a union of two Irish-descendent Canadian families, it's a legitimate fear that you may run out of wine at your wedding. All I'm saying is next to "Make Wine for Wedding" on the list was "Build a Better Business Continuity Plan."
So there we were starring at a wall of boxes of wine kits, a little intimidated by the choices when wine maker extraordinaire Jason walked into the room. And in no time we were adding things like yeast (for the fermentation) and wood chips and grape skins (for the oak-y flavour) to three huge buckets of grape juice.
In all we're walking away with each finished bottle (including cork, bottle, seal + wine) for just over $6 a piece, which is a considerably better price then we would pay through the LCBO. If you are in Ottawa, I would totally recommend Wine Station - it was an experience that reminded me why I love this city; you walk into a store you've never stepped foot in before, and it feels like you are transported to a small town - that's the kind of service and people you come across.
One task down, 280 to go. (Or there about!)