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Water Pure and Simple in Drumheller

Nina Burfield and her son Mike purchased Water Pure and Simple in June of 2001.  As a family owned and operated business they serve the needs of Drumheller and surrounding areas with reverse osmosis, spring and distilled water. They offer home & office  delivery in Drumheller, Rosedale, East Coulee, Three Hills and Carbon. There are also outlets in Carbon, Hussar, Morrin, Delia and Drumheller for bottle pickup or just stop by their store at 97 Bridge Street in Drumheller.  In...

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POSTED October 30th, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Social Event

Years ago my wife and I were into wine making and when the kids came along we found it too difficult to continue.   I have often referred to those days with my children and so this past Christmas I received a Vintners Reserve kit as a gift from my son.Anticipation dictated we make this kit together and so my wife and son along with his significant other made and shared the results and the kids were so impressed with the quality of the wine we decided to seriously get into the hobby as...

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POSTED October 29th, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


LE2013 Wine Tasting & Food Pairing

This has been the busiest season that I have ever seen.  Our focus for the next month is our Limited Edition series called LE 2013.  Some of the finest international wines at reasonable prices!  So amazing that some will never be seen again, (special negotiations were made where we bought the entire harvest).  We have wine tastings with pairings at all our stores this month.  Check out our home page to find a date that works for you.  The tasting takes just ove...

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POSTED October 21st, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


North West Calgary store Class - week of the Great Flood

This last class at the Northwest Calgary store was originally sold out, however, due to the flooding of our city, approximately 1/2 of our registrants had to cancel.   We hope that clean-up for these people is going well.     Horrific does not even adequately describe what Calgary and other areas in Alberta have gone through.We want these people to also know that they can re-book at a later date - their coupons do not have an expiry date.Those that were able to make...

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POSTED June 29th, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Village Blacksmith India Black Ale

Terry, from our Northwest Calgary store, gave us a bottle of beer to try from Calgary Village Brewery -which is located on 12A Street SE.   It is the Village Blacksmith India Black Ale.    This is what they have to say about it - "  An alloy of premium two-row Alberta barley, roasted to a black malt and infused with bitter hops.  Stalwart and bold, it will douse the coal-fired thirst, slake the spirit and clear the soot from the teeth!"  &nb...

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POSTED June 29th, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Airdrie Wine Beer & Spirits Festival

Despite the weather Paul and Pat attended the Airdrie Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival last night @ the Town and Country Centre!Airdrie has emerged quite unscathed after the horrific flooding situation in other areas of Alberta.It was good to see such a large attendance at this event with only 1 vendor not able to make it due to the emergency flooding situation. Had a chat with several of our customers there as well. The one beer that stood out had a dash of rosemary - quite distinct and differ...

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POSTED June 22nd, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Beer Fest 2013

Paul and the many staff that participated were very excited to be included in Calgary International Beerfest 2013! We enjoyed seeing and catching up with many of our customers during this two day event. I can't think of a better place to be to see what is hot on trend and up and coming in the world of craft beer. We had the opportunity to try craft beer equivalents of some of our most popular add-pack recipes - such as Black Pilsners and Belgian Wits - confirming that what we can make at home is...

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POSTED June 3rd, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Chick's will love this!

There has been a lot of buzz about the LE2012 Washington Riesling Chenin Blanc. Many of our staff and customers have just been bottling this March release, and the feedback has been tremendous. It's crisp with light acidity, soft fruits and just a hint of sweetness. This is such a crisp, pleasing and enjoyable sipping wine that you are sure to go back for another glass. Some of the feedback we have been hearing is:I was sampling when I was bottling, and had to have another glass, it's just so fa...

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POSTED June 3rd, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS


Class @ NW Calgary store

Another successful class last night at the North West Calgary store.   Everyone enjoyed themselves while learning the process of making award winning wine and beer from our kits.We decided to brew one of our newest beer recipes, the Roggenbier add pack.   This is one of my favourite new beers that we have brewed.     On the wine side, we started up a Limited Ed Argentine Torrontes -- a trendy new wine !Check out our calendar for a listing of all upcoming c...

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POSTED May 23rd, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Winexpert Kits Clean Up @ International Competition !

 This just in from Winexpert  >  "Congrats to our 300+ medal winners at the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition last weekend.More amateur winemakers won GOLD medals with Winexpert kits, than any other brand!Our Limited Edition Pacifica White also won Best of Show White!"

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POSTED May 23rd, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Chateau Khoury Winery

Visiting the Chateau Khoury winery in the Bekka Valley, we spent the afternoon with the owners sampling an array of vintages from thier collection paired with local cheeses. Amazing wines, this winery really aims for quality over quantity. Traveling with my two daughters and son-in-law, we used english, french and arabic to converse- but it worked out well. This is my ideal way to experience a winery, and a bottle of their top end wine, their Icone de Perseides, will be traveling back to Canada...

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POSTED May 21st, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Champagne in Byblos

A brief stop in the port city of Byblos turned into an overnight stay for my family. Calgarians know the Byblos ruins by the picture on the pita bread, we managed to get a restaurant table that overlooked the bay. Spending the afternoon drinking champagne and toasting our good luck. We found it hard to get local sparking wine, so we had to rely on the french. Apparently local sparkling wine is not a big thing here, but with the quality of grapes grown in this area, they could probably make some...

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POSTED May 21st, 2013 | 1 COMMENT | POST A COMMENT


Arak Al Karram

Arak what they call the local moonshine throughout both Lebanon and Syria. Just about every meal, it makes it’s appearance. it is a by-product of the wine industry, basically a brandy made from the leftover wine skins and flavoured with aniside. One third Arak, two thirds water, and then an ice cube. The mixture goes cloudy with the addition of water, because the aniside oil is soluble in alcohol but not in water. The best way to tell the differences in quality is by how you wake up the ne...

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POSTED May 21st, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Bekka Valley Wines

Spending a couple days in the Bekka valley in Lebanon, there are categories for new world and old world wines, but there should be a category for ancient world wines as this is thought to be the oldest wine region, dating back to biblical times. We visited the Ksara winery, some of these wines are available in Calgary and I would recommend them. Staying at the Hotel Akl in Zahle, very old heritage hotel.

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POSTED May 16th, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Provincial Medals - 43!

On April 27th, the Provincial level of the Amateur Winemaker's of Canada competition was held in Calgary. Our very own Home Vintner Wine Guild sent forward 52 bottles to be judged over 17 different categories. In total - the guild brought in 12 Silver Medals and 31 Bronze Medals - increasing our Guild's running award total by 43 to a grand total of 633! Please join us in congratulating our Guild on their success!Ken G. 5 Silver and 6 BronzeRon G. 2 Silver and 8 BronzeClarence G. 5 BronzeKellie B...

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POSTED May 7th, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT

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