Fall is here and for winemakers that means one thing: the inevitable return of our sworn enemy - the common fruit fly. Minute little flying monkeys of doom, they're hard to exclude from your winemaking areas, and while they're easy to kill, by the time you've swatted one, thirteen more have materialized out of thin air, looking for a free meal!
The history of wine making spans thousands of years. From the times of ancient Romans and Greeks the making of wine is closely intertwined with the evolution of our society as it is today. If you enjoy a chilled white wine on a hot summer day or a full-bodied red beside a roaring fire on a chilly winter night, you will find everything you need to become a successful home vintner right here in Rocky Mountain House.
The Home Vintner takes pride in bringing our customers the best kits on the market. In order to appreciate your wines to the fullest, it's important to pay attention to the quality.
Photo - Patricia Morrison, manager of The Home Vintner in Airdrie, savours the perfect pairing of gewürztraminer and potato chips.
Why you should choose your beer like you choose your wine
The Home Vintner's Paul Sass toasts Purple Kumai, the president of the Airdrie and District Humane Society during a wine and cheese fundraiser held at the Holiday Inn Express June 16, 2010
While not healthy for your furry family members to consume, you are invited to an evening of wine appreciation – and cheese and chocolate – in support of the Airdrie and District Humane Society.
Photo - Safe and Soung - Candy Taylor lost her home to the devastating Big Hill Springs fire, April 19. The Airdrie and District Humane Society donated a kennel and dog be to Taylor and her pomeranian/maltese Pixy to help them rebuild after the diaster. ADHS also helped out fire victim Cindy Young, who has two beagle pups. Another family's cat that ran away during the fire but it was found shortly after. ADHS provides this and many other important services to people and their pets in Airdire.
Winexpert Quality Grapes are a very long-term crop (no fruit for four years, and then a 20+ producing life for vines) growers who don't promote soil health are rapidly without a livelihood. No soil = no vines. There isn't a huge call for synthetic fertilizers or pesticides on grapes. The only really common thing that grapes get sprayed with is Bordeaux mixture, a blend of lime and sulphate that prevents mould. This compound is allowed for use on organic grapes, as it's not derived from petrochemical products, and is pretty benign.