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De-gassing Machines

One of the problems in Calgary and areas at high altitude is the difficulty in removing the C02 gas from the wine after fermentation ceases.We dissuade our customers from beating the gas out of the wine with attachments connected to a drill, as after a number of days with this abuse to the wine, it can make the wine taste "tired" including the loss of  fruit forwardness.  Most of our customers use a Vacuvin to remove the C02 without oxygenating the wine.The rental of our Home Vint...

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POSTED June 11th, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Liquid Yeast

Seventy percent of the extra flavours in your beer come from the yeast. You will notice a distinct difference  by using an Irish Ale yeast with our Stout recipe  or the Kolsch yeast with our Dutch Lager. Our Belgian Wit recipe just would not be the same without a true Belgian Wit yeast.That is why The Home Vintner carries a wide selection of liquid yeast to choose from to achieve the most from your craft beers. Now available just in time for spri...

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POSTED June 9th, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


The Home Vintner Wine Guild Medals Internationally!

Results have just arrived for the 2015 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition and The Home Vintner Wine Guild members scored big netting 12 medals! This year the competition comprised of 2825 entries from 10 different countries with representation from 49 American States and 6 Canadian Provinces. This is the largest and most diverse competition of its kind in the world.  Congratulations go out to:Ken Gibson for his Gold in Fortified, Bronze in Sherry Style, Bronze in Port Style, B...

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POSTED June 1st, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS


Tasted Our Citra Pale Ale......WOW!!

 Tasted our Citra Pale Ale for the first time last night!! Oh my.....it is DELICIOUS !! One of our customers claims it is his favourite beer that he has made so far. It is created with our Barons Pale Ale and our Citra pale add pack. This beer brings a bit of hop bitterness, with intense citrus-floral aroma and flavour. The liquid yeast option and dry malt finish adds extra complexity and leads into a great mouth feel and head.

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POSTED April 29th, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Cabernet Sauvignon

Have you ever wondered what makes the same grape varietal from Chile taste so different from, for example, France or California? The short answer is Terroir. For those of you unfamiliar with Terroir, it is the dirt of the geographical location that imparts personality on the vines. Vines, being living creatures, are a product of their environment, from the dirt they are grown in, the climate they are raised in, to the steady guiding hand of the winemaker. Returning to my initial example of...

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POSTED April 14th, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Ageing gracefully

 Recently, one of our customers brought us a fantastic surprise. A bottle of 1998 Winexpert Selection Petite Sirah! This wine has been discontinued for some years, meaning this wine had been aged for SEVENTEEN years! We couldn't wait to get home and pop the cork that evening. Wow! This delightful wine had aged beautifully, and was as complex and robust as any high end 17 year old commercial variety would be. Deep notes of coffee, cedar nose and intense dar...

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POSTED March 17th, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS


A Tale of Three Cabs

Have you ever wondered what makes the same grape varietal from Chile taste so different from, for example, France or California? The short answer is Terroir. For those of you unfamiliar with Terroir, it quite literally means “Dirt”. It is the dirt of the geographical location that imparts personality on the vines. Vines, being living creatures, are a product of their environment, from the dirt they are grown in, the climate they are raised in, to the steady guiding hand of the winema...

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POSTED February 24th, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS


Noble Grapes and the LE14 German Mosel Valley Riesling

Noble grape varieties retain their characteristics regardless of the region of the world in which they are grown, making them some of the most popular and best known varieties. Riesling is one of these grapes, and can be dry or sweet and intensely aromatic. Riesling can be enjoyed while young, while the accompanying acidity gives it long life in the cellar. The off dry or sweet varieties combine with the acidity of the grape to produce a longer finish. Riesling grapes excel in cooler climates, w...

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POSTED January 5th, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS


Noble Grapes and the LE14 Australian Shiraz/Viognier

Noble grape varieties retain their characteristics regardless of the region of the world in which they are grown, making them some of the most popular and adaptable varieties. Unlike the white nobles, the reds have a huge variation in the finished wines they produce by region, in tannins, body and aromatics. Syrah (Shiraz) is one of these grapes, typically herbal or floral, peppery and smoky. Australian variety in particular is more ruby in color, with an obvious and upfront boldness of jammy fr...

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POSTED January 5th, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS


LE14 Wine & Food Pairing

There is something in the way the subtle flavours and balance of wine really come alive when paired with its food counterpart.  It's something we like to call the ‘wow factor’. Interested in discovering this for yourself?  You’re in luck! We are hosting a series of wine & food pairing evenings  November 6, November 27, and December 4 2014 where you can experience what a difference the right dish can make. Here, not only will we be showcasing commercial e...

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POSTED November 4th, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS


Have a Hoppy Day

It's harvest time for most everything, including the beer makers best friend, hops. Due to a growing demand for the freshest produce available, you might start wondering where the best place is to get your hands on fresh hops. The truth is, they're really hard to find, unless you buy a seasonal beer labelled "wet hopped". These days, most every commercial brewer uses pelletised hops, just like the ones we sell in our stores.Why the pellets? The reasons are mostly practical, and in the interest o...

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POSTED October 1st, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS


Of all the gin-joints in all the towns in all the world

"Of all the gin-joints in all the towns in all the world..."On a road trip with my daughter Anya through southern Spain and Morocco, she took me to Rick's cafe in Casablanca for a belated father's day gift.We watched that old black and white classic movie many times when she was young, and memorized all the lines. It was a great experience for a father and daughter trip.Champagne cocktails to start, and a sampling from the local wine reasons. We were very impressed with the wine.With 'as time go...

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POSTED June 26th, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS


Drinking wine in a Casablancan kasbah

"Drinking wine in a Casablancan kasbah"Grapes began being cultivated in Morocco's Casablanca wine region during the the reign of the Romans at the turn of the previous Milenium, and the French brought their vinoculture expertise during their ongoing influence beginning in the 10th century, the French also invested heavily in Moroccan vineyards in modern times.I'm constantly surprised by the quality and complexity of so many Moroccan wines. Most of the reds tend to be refreshing and low in t...

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POSTED June 24th, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS


Paddock Wood Honey Amber Ale

I recently had the opportunity to flight test the Paddock Wood Honey Amber Ale alongside a similar home product. Trying one beer against another is such a great way to discover more about the unique qualities that make each beer special. The Honey Amber had some characteristics all it's own, that made it a stand out in the flight. The great rich amber colour was similar from beer to beer, but the mouth feel of the Honey Amber was creamy and velvety on the tongue. The beer began with a sweet star...

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POSTED June 10th, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


The Home Vintner Wine Guild wins International Awards!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HOME VINTNER WINE GUILD MEMBERS KEN & DAVE Ken and Dave both entered the 2014 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition and came away with medals. Ken was awarded one Gold medal and two Silver medals, and Dave was awarded one Bronze medal. With 3,111 entries representing over seven countries, that is some serious competition. Our congratulations again to our local stars! WinExpert kits placed well internationally, netting 202 awards. LE products won 36 meda...

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POSTED June 10th, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

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