Find him at: Village Winery Club
New Yorkers pride themselves on their ability to cram all their possessions into apartments better suited for teacup pigs. Matt Baldassano should probably get the keys to the city, though, because he's managed to fit an entire winery into his East Village one-bedroom. Inspired by his winemaking grandpa, Baldassano (he's the one on the right) started making bottles himself over a decade ago and later launched Village Winery Club from the comforts of his own home in 2011. Although this is his baby, Baldassano relies on other members of the club to assist in crushing grapes, fermentation, racking, and bottling. If doing any of that in a random Manhattan apartment appeals to you, check out the membership deals here.
Find her at: Greenway Compassionate Relief
You might've heard tell of Melissa Etheridge's weed wine, but, much like Queen Elizabeth II or The Wizard of Oz, she's more of a figurehead. The lady actually making the cannabis-infused vino is Lisa Molyneux, the founder of dispensary Greenway Compassionate Relief.
She started making THC-laced wine just on the side for friends, but quickly got serious about the burgeoning weed wine scene. As Vice detailed, her process involves buying the juice from a central California vineyard, getting it in her French oak aging barrels at home, and adding her homegrown and cured buds. The finished, Etheridge-endorsed project is small batch for the time being and not cheap at $420 (#blazeit) -- plus, given Greenway's current location situation, it's probably on hold for now. But here's hoping it eventually gets to the masses.
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Kristin Hunt is a staff writer for Thrillist, and now plans to convert her apartment into a winery. Follow her to crates of grapes at @kristin_hunt.