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BUYER BEWARE OF BLOWOUT SALES!
Posted by Paul Sass, November 30th, 2011 | 0 Comments
A wine or beer kit is a food product and should be treated as such. Would you be comfortable eating a can of peaches that was a couple of years old?
We are one of the few stores with a 100% guarantee on our wine and beer kits, so we want to make sure that the products sold to our customers are always going to turn out! With having 9 stores, we consistently visit in order to rotate the stock. If there are any older codes, we pull them off the shelf and "feed" it to the staff!
If a kit has had the code removed, NEVER purchase that kit! Never purchase a kit that has been sitting in the window on display. With the sun beating on that poor kit, it will only take a couple of weeks before it is wrecked (any kit boxes that sit in the window display at any Home Vintner locations are empty)
BLOWOUT sales can be notorious for getting rid of old codes. It is poor value for your time, effort and money spent. The end result will be a poor quality wine or beer, "tired" taste, and loss of character. What kind of "deal" is that?!?
We educate our customers, so they know how to read the codes on the boxes. The heavier style of wines do have more longevity (heavy reds, Ports, Ice wines, etc) than the lighter, crisp white styles. Consult our staff if you have any questions.
Here's how to read the codes on the different brands:
Winexpert – the 7 digit part of the code reads 1319711 – ignore the 13, this is an internal code. 197 – kit was produced on the 197th day of the year ( July 10) 11 – year the kit was produced – 2011.
Vineco – middle set of numbers in code reads 11197 – 11 indicates year, in this case 2011. 197 – kit was produced on 197th day of the year.
Cellar Craft – look for the first 4 characters of the LOT# - ie., K0111 K = November 01 = first day of the month. 11 = 2011. So, this kit was manufactured on Nov 1, 2011. Months are represented by letters, starting with A for January, and so on......
RJ Spagnols - 20110621D - 2011 = year. 06 the month, June. 21 = day of the month 21st. Ignore the letters on the end. This kit was manufactured on June 21, 2011.
Wine Kitz - codes have 13 numbers followed by a production date >>> 1234567891011 PROD DATE 30-NOV-2011
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