Market Research in Victoria !

On a recent journey to Vancouver Island, I had the opportunity to stop and visit one of my favourite places. While the choices could range from the breakwater, to Beacon Hill Park, East Sooke Park, or the Galloping Goose Trail; this particular attraction is "Spinnakers Spirit Merchants". Even the name sounds exotic.This store carries a wide range of microbrewery beers with a strong focus on the local market offerings. I always have a goal in mind when hitting the store. Last visit it was IPA's... more

POSTED November 24th, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

LE Wine and Food Pairing Event

Well, we proved it yet again!!! You can't be a wimp and live in Alberta!!! Despite the horrible weather and driving conditions, we had a full house last night at our Limited Edition wine and food pairing event! Everyone raved about the wine and excellent food pairings ( recipes will soon be available on our website ).As well, Tim Vandergrift, from Winexpert, was (as usual!) both entertaining and extremely knowledgeable. Thanks to everyone for the accolades that are still rolling in!!Congrats to... more

POSTED November 9th, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

Fear no beer!

Hooray for American beer! I used to think that all they ever drank was the stereotypical light, lacking in character, ice cold straight from the tin variety.In all my ignorance, I was panicking while getting ready for my short trip to Wisconsin last weekend. Indeed, I was looking forward to the cheese they are world famous for, but, I was afraid that I might be forced to pair it with something pretty much equal to carbonated water.However, when I got there I was delighted to learn that now there... more

POSTED October 31st, 2012 | 1 COMMENT | POST A COMMENT


Been a busy week, plus had to take some time off! The best pic we could find to show how busy we were at our Airdrie Open House last SAt is all the dirty glasses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...This is just one tablefull -- there were others! Well over 100 people attended our OPen House - both our awesome customers as well as newbies! Great turnout / great wine and beer / lots of inquiries and orders for our fab Limited Edition lineup this year. And yes, I promise, I will do the prize draws early next week. more

POSTED October 26th, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

Smith & Wilson Winery, Blenheim Ontario

I had a chance to visit one of my favourite wineries in Southern Ontario this week.  The Smith & Wilson Winery, not far from the town of Blenheim,  is located on the shore of Lake Erie.They take advantage of the excellent climate and soil , producing some excellent wines!I always look forward to bringing home a couple of bottles from their award winning vintage table.   I purchased a 2008 Buckhorn Baco Noir - $ 13 - Silver Medal winner ( this one I admit didn't make... more

POSTED October 13th, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

When a Hobby Gets Out of Control !

During my recent trip to Ontario,as usual,  I stayed in the sleepy little fishing village of Erieau.   Erieau is a peninsula surrounded by Lake Erie ( hence the name !! ) with a population of 550 permanent residents.   Because of its sandy beaches and excellent fishing, the population increases to around 2,000 in the summer months.I always make a point of having dinner at OJ's, located on the main drag.   OJ's always serves the Catch of the Day - fresh perch an... more

POSTED October 13th, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

AIWC Wine Pairing Charity Evening

Pat & Paul:Hello there. I wanted to send a note expressing my gratitude for all of your generosity you have shownAIWC. It is greatly appreciated and the funds we raised will go to good use.  Those in attendance enjoyed themselves and I'm sure wentaway with greater knowledge than when they arrived.Thank you both so much. You are fine members of the community and make it a better place to be!Take care & keep enjoying fine wine ( I know I will! ),Deanne more

POSTED October 3rd, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

AWC National Competition Results Are In!!!

The results are in from the Amateur Winemakers of Canada National Competition!    The Home Vintner Wine Guild won another 15 medals in this competition with wines from all across Canada.   As a guild in Alberta, we did extremely well, considering Alberta was only allowed to send 30 bottles in total!We won Silver and Bronze medals again this year, and huge congrats to the following members:Ron Goodhew / Ken Gibson / Wayne Thomsen / Paul Sass ( anyone know this guy ?!?) /... more

POSTED September 25th, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

Judging @ the Winemaking National Competition

This year the National Competition was held in Calgary.    We judged both days last weekend Sept 15 & 16, all day.    There were hundreds of entries from all across Canada.   Paul,  Ken, and Glenn - all members of The Home Vintner Wine Guild -  showed up to judge both days.It was  a tough competition to get to the top.   All entrants deserve a lot of respect, because first they have to win best in their guild, then best of Prov... more

POSTED September 19th, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

Judging @ Chestermere Country Fair

Paul, Ken and Pat judged the wine and beer categories at the Chestermere Country Fair last night.    Not all categories had entries, but there were 30 bottles in all that required judging.We must say, all the beer was really good to excellent, and some had only 1 point in between a placing!The wines scored from Excellent to Fair, the Best of Show being Wx Limited Edition German Traminer Spatlese!  What a gorgeous wine - the nose just wafted out of the glass.  All 3 of us... more

POSTED September 8th, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

Judging @ Cochrane Fall Fair Aug 2012

Cochrane Fall Fair August 2012 - at Spraylakes Sports CentreJudging at the Cochrane Fall Fair this past weekend. Unfortunately, there were no beer entries at all! When we "unveiled" the bottles at the completion of judging, to see what wines we had been sampling, the Best of Show was a Wx Selection Limited Edition Merlot. It was wonderful - if memory serves, believe it rec'd an 18/20 - by far the Best of Show!! We encourage you to enter your wine and beer into competition in these Fall FAirs!!&n... more

POSTED August 28th, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

We had a fantastic time

Tuesday night we had another sold out wine & beer making class in our NW store.  Thursday nights class in our NE store is also sold out.  We made our new Black Pilsner, using our Dutch Lager, Bavarian Lager liquid yeast and our add on kit which includes Caramel Malt, Chocolate Malt, and Hallertau hops.  Mmm, is it ever going to be good!  There are a few 2011 Limited Editions remaining so we used our last South African Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon.  We have a few Lim... more

POSTED August 15th, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS

Rocky Creek Winery, Vancouver Island

Recently I was visiting Vancouver Island - lured there for a Western Canada Geocaching Mega Event, and visiting family. One of the blessings while visiting the Island, is that our "host" family lives right in the heart of the local wine country. Each visit, we try and stop by a different winery to experience more of what the Island has to offer!While hiking the nearby Trans Canada trail system, we were able to enjoy picking and eating fresh salmon berries, huckle berries and thimble berries. The... more


The Great Northern Brewing Company Tour - The Tallest Bldg in Whitefish, Montana!

After completing my ride along the scenic Ride to the Sun Road, I headed my bike towards Whitefish.      There I found a great little microbrewery by the name of The Great Northern Brewing Company - the tallest building in Whitefish, Montana!If you ever find yourself there, make sure you take the tour.     At the completion of the tour, I ordered the Taster Tray.    This region's "Claim to Fame" is the huckleberry -- there's huckle... more


Motorcycle Road Trip - Going to the Sun Road, Montana

Last Sunday, I polished up my bike in preparation of checking off another item on my "Bucket List". Destination - Going to the Sun Road, Montana - one of the best bike rides in North America with spectacular scenery. It was not a disappointment. It was hard to wind up the bike with all the traffic, however, but definitely worth doing! After the ride, a nice cold beer was in order. I found a Saloon in Kalispell named Mooses, complete with sawdust and peanut shells covering the floor, country musi... more


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