Daytrippers: Join the Crush Club for a unique wine-making experience

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WALLINGFORD -- This club is for anyone who loves a vintage sip.

"We’re fun people, come hang out with us!" says Amanda Brackett, owner and wine maker at The Crush Club, an unassuming yet sophisticated wine-making facility in Wallingford.

BoxWine1"We’re in a warehouse. We’re in the parking lot. We don’t have a vineyard. You don’t even know we’re here. We’re tucked in the back, so it’s kind of like a little prize," explains co-owner and business manager Deana Morin, who says visitors are surprised at what they find. "They walk in the door and everybody’s in awe, 'Wow this is a great place'. The lights are low, everyone is at the bar having a little tasting.  It’s just a great urban feel."

Recently, folks bottled their own blend of Mendoza Malbec.  "This is the last step in your year-long wine making experience," explains Brackett. "They’ve crushed their grapes, they’ve pressed them, they’ve racked the wine when we cleaned out the sediment." foxctwine3

And a cycle is about to begin again. "In the spring, we get grapes from Chile, Argentina.  This year we are getting Pinotage from South Africa," says Brackett.

Wine-making is for anyone: couples, friends or co-workers.  "Everybody can buy a bottle of wine but to say you made it, you were involved in the process, is something you don’t see too much of," says Morin.

BottleFillerGuests can make 10 cases of wine, which are great for gifts throughout the year! Or you can participate in a co-op program that allows them to buy smaller quantities, such as 36 bottles.

The Crush Club is hosting a Sip Into Spring event for the public this Saturday from 1-4 p.m. with a tasting, bottling demo, music and food. Click here for more information.