Wine-making experience leaves Valley mom crushed

It's hard to believe, but the holidays are just four months away.
 
Yet, one Valley family has still been working on getting its Christmas gift from two years ago.
 
That's when Maggie Edmonson had a great idea for her two daughters.
 
She says "we decided on experiences."
 
Maggie bought them a wine-bottling experience at Casavino Winery in Fountain Hills.
 
"You come back after its fermenting, label, bottle your own wine and take it home. I knew they'd love it"
 
And they did... at least the first part.
 
The girls helped in the process of making the wine. And they waited to see how it turned out. But that didn't happen.
 
Maggie says "they kept getting put off about being able to make that appointment."
 
So, she got involved.
 
But Maggie says she only got returned mail and no call backs.
 
With $320 spent and no wine, Maggie let me know about it.
 
We found that Casavino Winery was sold after Maggie bought her gift certificates.
 
We couldn't find the old owners.
 
But we did contact the new owner, Frank Yaconis.
 
"I don't want anyone to be unhappy," Frank told me.
 
Frank was actually preparing to reopen Casavino in Fountain Hills.
 
And he had cases of wine stored in the facility.
 
Even though Frank wasn't responsible, he wanted to help Maggie's family.
 
"So plain and simple, we're going to go ahead and provide them with two cases of wine for their experience," he says.
 
And he did.
 
Finally, more than a year later, Maggie had some good news.
 
"I'm a little shocked, I'm not going to lie," she told me.
 
Two cases of wine were delivered to her door. And daughter Jessica was there to accept it.
 
"I'm  happy, this is wonderful," Jessica told me.
 
It's not exactly as she had it planned, but in the end, well, good wine makes it all good.
 
And Frank is re-opening Casavino at its Fountain Hills location September 1.
 
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