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Pairing Wine and Romance!

Finding the right wine to go with a great meal is an integral part of enhancing the romance of any meal!If you want that special occasion to be as perfect as possible, then choosing the right wine to go with your meal can lift your occasion to the next level. A perfect pairing can really bring that “wow-factor” to the table -  when wine and food complement each other so well that the flavours of both ‘pop’.At the Home Vintner we have all your bases covered! This mont...

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POSTED June 24th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Youth VS Age, when to drink? Tasting notes on Italian Brunello

The main advantages of making a Selection (with Grape Skins) kit is the depth and complexity of the final product, as well as the cellaring opportunities that come with it. These kits are designed to be great at about 6-9 months, but continue to evolve in proper cellar conditions for several years.  That begs the question – how do you know when to drink it?Let’s start with a taste comparison of New Vs Old: Selection Italian Brunello with Grape SkinsYounger (2015) – Appeali...

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POSTED June 23rd, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Cucumber Melon - Tasting Notes

One of the most frequent questions we are asked when a new product arrives is "what does it taste like"?We wonder the same thing! We have an idea what it should taste like, based on information from WinExpert and experience, but find ourselves in the same boat as customers with new product. What does it REALLY taste like? Let's explore that a little further with the recent release of Island Mist Cucumber Melon Sauvignon Blanc.Product description reads: The aroma is fresh and fragrant like y...

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POSTED May 13th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Dessert Wines and Port

Although we are on the cusp of summer, Fall will sneak up on us before we are ready for it. It’s never too early to prepare, and what better way to brave the chillier temperatures than with rich, delicious dessert wines. Now is the time to start thinking about stocking up Dessert Wines and Port, as these are 6 week kits that also benefit from a few months rest in the bottle. The chocolate raspberry port has been a staff favourite for years, stocking up on as much as possible and encou...

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POSTED May 9th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS


What we do for our Customers.

THE HOME VINTNER is the only wine and beer supply store to offer a bonus loyalty program!Once you have purchased 10 wine kits or 10 beer kits, your 11th kit may be purchased at 1/2 price! Your half price kit may be selected from any kit we carry - including our most expensive and largest format kits that include grape skins. This gives you a chance to try new products, as well as experience the higher end quality cellaring brands.We carry only the best quality...

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POSTED April 26th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Drink More - Learn More

By urging you to drink more we don't just mean that you should increase your consumption.  After all, you can only drink so much before it affects your behaviour, health and ability to get up in the morning. We mean you should take every opportunity to squeeze a learning experience out of wine consumption!Try different wines at restaurants, parties, go to wine festivals.  At wine festivals, you can try many different wines under one roof for a reasonable price. Make a pilgrimage to win...

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POSTED April 18th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Wine of the Gods

France has long been known to be one of the oldest and most important wine producing countries by almost everyone and, most notably, the Pope himself. Many people do not know that the Pope’s home was not always in the Vatican, but that in the French town of Avignon that hosted several in the papal line in the 1300’s.The Pope, who is considered to be one of the more prominent people on Earth throughout history, was probably even more influential at this time. As such, the small wine g...

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POSTED April 13th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Misleading Hydrometer Readings

Have you ever been SURE your wine is ready to stabilize but your hydrometer tells you it has not finished fermenting?As fermentation slows, less and less C02 is produced. Eventually the C02 does not create enough pressure inside the carboy to push through the water in the airlock.  When that happens, the C02 has to go somewhere, so it dissolves into the wine. When a wine becomes saturated with C02, you may get a false reading as the saturated gas lifts the hydrometer.A wine will appear to h...

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POSTED April 13th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS


Combating Fruit Flies

TIP OF THE MONTH: COMBATING FRUIT FLIES(excerpt from Tim Vandergrift's wine blog) It’s fresh flower time, 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 reason wh...

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POSTED April 12th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


All about Chilean Wine

The Wine Life in ChileFinding good wines at reasonable prices can be difficult. Chilean wines can be an excellent way to achieve both of those conditions. Unfortunately, the Alberta government now has the highest cost for beer and wine in Canada. With low employment rates and higher housing costs, it is important to select the best wine at the most reasonable cost. Chilean wine tends to be the most cost-effective for the high quality of wine that consumers demand, and The Home Vintner has severa...

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POSTED March 28th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Kombucha Bottles - We Have the Best!

 Kombucha is a variety of fermented green and/or black tea that is sweetened and lightly effervescent. This drink is commonly intended as a digestive aide and also for claimed health benefits. Lots of people make Kombucha at home, and it is also available in many grocery or health food stores. If you are making this at home yourself, please consider carefully the quality of your bottling options. Making Kombucha at home is a great way to save money, but you are going to...

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POSTED March 23rd, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Preventable Problems with your Wine

Technique is as important to the overall end quality of your wine as initial quality of product and proper storage. Over the last few weeks, we have had a number of customers come into the stores with problems that could have been eliminated by simply asking questions of our staff. Here are some helpful tips: Top Fermentation: A vigorous and complete stirring at start-up of your wine will decrease the problem of top fermentation. This issue presents as low initial specific gravity and...

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POSTED March 23rd, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Alberta Opting for Economy Beers at the Liquor Store

Our thought is this, why drink an economy brew when you can make our microbrewery style beers in your own home and save money.From the Calgary Herald February 13, 2016 Coors is hurting from low oil prices as beer drinkers — particularly in Alberta — opt for economy brews over premium brands.The crude downturn was even cited as cause for concern in the latest earnings for Molson Coors Brewing Co., which said on its quarterly call Thursday that beer drinkers — particularly in Alb...

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POSTED February 22nd, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Eating, Laughing & Loving

Life is eating, laughing, loving and a place to enjoy it together. As we look forward to spring and summer, it is essential the home vintner plans ahead.• The Commitment – to be disciplined to do the wine & beer chores now • The Challenge – overcome distractions and procrastination • The Perks – a full stock of wine, coolers, cider and beer kits for summer • The Value – micro-brewery style beers and award winning wine kitsHome vintne...

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POSTED February 22nd, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Spring has Sprung! March is a Great Time to Make Cider

Spring is just around the corner and there is nothing more delicious and refreshing on a warm day than a crisp glass of cider. We have just received a special order of our Black Rock Cider - New Zealand Homebrew kit. A sparkling cider with a superb refreshing taste and light golden colour. Harvested from orchards that produce premium fruit without chemicals for the taste and clarity demanded by our brewers. One tin produces 23 litres of cider similar to Strongbow-style, and two tins produce 23 l...

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POSTED February 22nd, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS

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