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Local's see positive change to wine market

Posted by By Scott Mitchell, Senior Reporter The Airdrie Echo, February 11th, 2009 | 0 Comments

Paul Sass (left) and Pat Morrison (right) at the Home Vintner Open House on Saturday.  Photo by Scott Mitchell

It seems the downturn the economy has taken over the past six months hasn’t affected everyone.

As Paul Sass, owner of The Home Vintner,

took customers through the Airdrie store Open House on Saturday afternoon, he remarked that the economic slowdown is music to his winemaking ears.

“We’re really seeing a distinctive growth pattern right now,” he said as wine enthusiasts checked out the wide variety of home wine making kits from various regions of the world. “Yeah, believe it or not, the downturn, we find, is better for us.  “It’s pretty dramatic actually.”

The Home Vintner on Main Street does much more than just sell winemaking kits; they provide classes detailing how to perfect the craft and they also hold wine appreciation nights to share the final product. But in this economy, the most important part is the price. The kits work out to around $3 a bottle. Which is a bargain no matter how you look at it.

“You make $3 wine, but you can make good quality wine,” he said.

More people staying home and enjoying a bottle of wine instead of gallivanting around town has helped the entire industry.

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