The holidays are enough to drive anyone to drink -- so this year, why not help everyone out by giving wine? For $250, Water 2 Wine will help you craft a case of 28 bottles with custom labels -- which breaks down to about $9 a bottle.
"Most of the time, gifts of chocolates and crackers go straight to the office kitchen," says Water 2 Wine general manager Sarah Witte, "but the alcohol always makes it to the right person."
Water 2 Wine is a fully functioning winery located at 8130 South University Boulevard, Unit 110, in Centennial. The winery features over a hundred varieties of wines from thirteen countries; because all the wines are fermented on site, they contain fewer sulfites than most brands, meaning less chance of a hangover in the morning. "The FDA requires sulfites to be at 350 ppm a bottle when shipped but since we usually don't ship our product, we only use 18 ppm per bottle," explains Witte. "So our product is more likened to barrel tasting."
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Despite the economic downturn, business has been good. "Didn't you hear, we aren't participating in the recession," Witte jokes. "Right now, we are putting in client batches on a daily basis. Some people will spend $60 a month on a gym membership and some people would rather spend that money making their own wine."
Although making the wine is part of the fun, it's optional at Water 2 Wine. "We want people to participate but they don't have to," Witte says. "We help as little or much as you need."
And it's not too early to start making your gift-giving plans. Wine needs to ferment for 45 days before it can be bottled; if you started your batch today, it would be ready for bottling the day after Thanksgiving.