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Pairs Well With Others

Warmer weather is coming which means it’s the perfect time to get ready for all that summertime entertaining.  Island Mist pairs perfectly with backyard barbecues, spontaneous happy hours or the kick off to a long weekend.  You can enjoy your favourite Island Mist simply over ice, mixed with other spirits or blended with other Island Mist flavours. Be your own bartender this summer and develop your own signature cocktail. Need some inspiration? Here are some of our favourite Island Mist cocktails to get you started. more

POSTED February 24th, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

NEW Eclipse Barossa Valley Shiraz with Grape Skins

The Barossa Valley is Australia’s quintessential wine region. Located in South Australia, Barossa Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions dating back to 1841. However, it wasn’t until the late 1900’s that Barossa Shiraz became well known internationally, and was considered its own unique style of Syrah. This style of big, full bodied Shiraz with rich notes of chocolate and spice has become synonymous with Barossa Valley and Australian wine in general. more

POSTED November 8th, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS

Revel in LE2013!

Revel in LE2013! Five distinguished wines from some of the finest growing regions in the world.
This year we are pleased to offer: more

POSTED September 30th, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

New Product

World Vineyard - three exciting new varietals, all with crushed grape skins. These wines offer the best of both worlds: enhanced body, mouth-feel, tannins with more authentic varietal character while at the same time, are ready to bottle in just 5 weeks. Newly designed contemporary bottle labels are sold separately to add that finishing touch to your wine. more

POSTED September 5th, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS

Gold Rush

Winexpert winemakers struck gold at the recent 2013 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition. Not only did Winexpert win more medals than any other wine kit brand, Winexpert also won the most gold medals of any brand. Thank you and congratulations to the over 300 medal winners who chose Winexpert. These results confirm that Winexpert’s investment and commitment to producing the highest quality win kits available has paid off in GOLD. more

POSTED July 12th, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS

Ask The Vintner

Can I leave Sulphites out of my wines?

The most common reason given for wanting to leave out sulphites is a worry over allergic reactions. If a true allergy is at issue, leaving out the sulphites will not render the wine sulphite free, as yeast creates sulphites during the fermentation process. If a sulphite sensitivity is the worry, know that the amount of sulphite added to these kits is far less than required for commercial production. Often reactions to drinking wine are due to other causes and not the sulphites. (For a complete discussion of this topic, see our article "Red Wine Headaches - a thing of the past with Home Vintner wine kits.") more


What is it about wine, especially red wine, that makes as much as a 1/3 of humanity unable to drink it without getting a headache?  Drinking just one glass can trigger immediate discomfort, raise blood pressure, or morph into a days-long migraine.  Hennie van Vuuren, director of the Wine Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, is pretty sure he's figured out the problem.  He himself suffers from red wine headaches. more

Can I bottle my wine with used commercial bottles?

The Home Vintner sells a variety of quality wine bottles.  We don't skimp on quality for style, nor do we carry lower quality options. When you are ready to bottle your wine you should be ensuring that you have the best bottles to protect your hobby and investment.  We have had a recent surge in problem solving wine faults, and many have led back to bottle quality. more

What kind of water should I use?

"Is water a factor in the success of my wine?" more

CLEARING - Do I need to use the fining agents?

"Why is it necessary to add the fining agents (package #4) before transferring the wine must off the sediment that has built up in the carboy bottom? Wouldn't it be more efficient for package #4 to be added after the sediment has been removed?" more


The longer you make wine kits, the more you’re likely to notice that even if you’re sure you’ll never drink 30 bottles of wine, they will soon vanish anyway. Between doling them out to friends or using them at parties or other special occasions, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll use up your wine. And sooner than you expect, you’ll be dashing out to make another kit because you’ve run out. more

Weight of a wine

To learn the weight of a wine, look at the alcohol content. Less than about 12% alcohol is light wine territory, 12.5-13.5% means medium-bodied and anything higher is full-bodied. Body in wine refers to its weight in the mouth, and is comparable to milk – light is to skim as whole is to full.When you head to the beach most want light. The lightest wines come from cooler climates or microclimates. Germany, Canada and northern France are usually good places to start when scouting lighter wine kits. And of course, certain grape varieties are naturally leaner than others. more

New Degassing System

A huge challenge in Calgary is the process of degassing wine after it has been stabilized. We have encouraged our clients to use the Vacuvin system which creates a vacuum in the carboy sucking out the CO2. Exclusive only to The Home Vintner - after years of searching for an automatic system, Paul has found an electric degassing unit. The staff have been busy testing them by degassing their own wine - Ron tested it on the weekend by degassing two wines at the same time. As with our wine filters, these units are available exclusively for our clients. Rental is $5 per 24 hour period. more

Selection International French Rosé

Our seasonal release Selection International French Rosé is a crisp, off-dry rosé from Southern France. An extremely food friendly wine, the pairing possibilities run the gamut from light salads to spicy meats from the grill - definitely a wine to keep well-stocked and ready all summer. Serve chilled. Don't miss out on this great rosé, supplies are limited and they won't last long. more

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