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Pairing With Port

Traditional style dessert wines as well as the specialty flavoured limited release styles are not just for sipping after dinner with dessert. As such a great finish to a meal, with the full body, higher alcohol and sweetness, this wine tends to get left as a stand alone sipper or paired with sweet desserts. Truly it’s time to get out of that box and let this wine sing! With our Selection Specialé Dessert Style wine, try pairing with ginger. Gingerbread cookies can temper the sweetne...

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


WINE KIT BATCH CODES

Batch codes can be hard to read, but are very important. Codes are used to keep track of the age of a wine kit, as well as are required if there are any questions with a kit quality. If there is no production code on the box, don`t buy it! Old past date wine and beer kits can taste “tired” or “flabby” as they are well beyond the peak time that they are designed for. Wine does not age or improve in the box.At The Home Vintner we 100% guarantee our wine and beer kits are no...

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POSTED August 16th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Getting the most out of our partner Satellite locations

Did you know there are Satellite locations of The Home Vintner? You can find them in Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Drumheller, Cochrane and newest partner Okotoks!Satellites are businesses that partner with us to bring our products to your local area. Since they carry a pared down selection of stock, you may think why go there? There are lots of great reasons to use your Satellite location, and also some tips on how to get the most from your local outlet.The most important reason to buy from...

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POSTED July 25th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Grape Skins and enhancing your wine kits.

You may have noticed a trend in home winemaking, which is the addition of grape skins in selected wine kits. Skins can be a great addition to your home wine kit, after all commercial wineries ferment their wines with maximum skin contact. We stock several kits that include skins such as our Eclipse line, our Limited Release BraVado, our Selection skins kits and our World Vineyard 12L line of kits.Why add extra grape skins? Adding extra skins to your kits can enhance your wine in many ways.

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POSTED July 21st, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Tasting notes : Super Tuscan Style

The LE14 program brought us a fantastic Italian Super Tuscan with Grape Skins. This kit was very popular and perfect for cellaring. With the new Limited Release BraVado being offered in the Eclipse lineup, the timing was right to enjoy a bottle in front of the fireplace and make some tasting notes to share. We picked up flavours of plum, black cherry, black currant, and a touch of cedar.  There was a hint of spice with smoky leather notes with a full and well-rounded feel on the palate...

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POSTED July 19th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


It's all about AMARONE!

Viva Italia! We all know Italy produces some of the best (and most expensive!) wines in the world, and their famous Amarone wines are no exception. For those who have not yet tasted the delight that is Amarone, you are missing out! Amarone’s are in a league of their own and are known for their full bodied rich style that falls somewhere between a port and a dry red table wine. Amarone is made from a blend of several local varieties of grapes, Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone and a few other...

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


Honey - not just for Brown Ale

Many of our customers already know that our Barons Beer kits take very well to additions, add-on packages for recipe creation and liquid yeasts. Typically, we have seen honey used mainly for pairing with Brown Ale. I had the opportunity recently to try an excellent version of a Kolsch with honey additions! Even better, that can be replicated at home with our kits and Wyeast liquid yeast. The use of honey, maple syrup, dry malt, molasses and brown sugar can add interesting dimensions to your beer...

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


Beer Tip - serving techniques

Enjoy your beer when it's refreshingly cool, not ice cold. You'll want to savour all the subtleties and aromatics of a fine brew – something you just can't do when it's cold enough to numb your palate. If you can set the temperature controls on your fridge, aim for something in the 7-10 degree Celsius range. Don't drink it directly from the bottle – you'll end up with a stomach full of gas. Do choose a good quality beverage container – clear glass, or stoneware. If yo...

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POSTED June 26th, 2016 | 1 COMMENT | POST A COMMENT


Never judge a beer by it’s description.

I just got back from Vancouver While there I was doing a lot of tasting of craft beers, and have found a wildly diverse interpretation of styles. There is a lot of very good beers, but also a number of clumsy attempts. Many were out of balance and/or over-bitter for the type or style. They were not at all what you should expect from the brewer’s claims. My concern for our beer customers is that is they try a Kolsch or a White IPA, and it’s not very good, that they will judge all of t...

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POSTED June 25th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


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


The Veneto Region and Super Tuscans

Veneto is the 8th largest wine region in Italy, located in the harsh, north-eastern corner of the country. However, the region is protected by the alps. This means the Veneto Region also has a warmer climate towards the coastal plains, river valleys, and the Garda Lake Zone. Veneto has 90,000 hectares of vineyards, with 35,400 classified as DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which refers to the government’s guarantee of the wines’ origins), making it the biggest DOC producer...

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POSTED June 22nd, 2016 | 1 COMMENT | POST A COMMENT


2016 WineMaker Magazine International Amateur Competition

Results are in from this prestigious competition: 2981 entries from 13 countries (including representation from 50 U.S. States and 6 Canadian Provinces). Our guild once again sent submissions to be judged!Congratulations to our wine guild participants: Kellie (Airdrie Staff) – GOLD and BRONZE, Ken (Calgary Customer) BRONZE and BRONZE! WinExpert Brand kits did very well in competition, netting over 160 medals in various categories. While Eclipse, Selection and LE kits do very well, there ar...

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


Washington Wines and "The Candidate"

Washington State is the second leading winemaking state (behind California) with over 43,000 acres and more than 850 wineries.There are several wine regions in Washington State but most are located on the western side of the state where it is warmer and drier. The regions include the Columbia Valley, which is the largest, the Ancient Lakes, the Walla Walla Valley, and the Yakima Valley, among others.Since the climate is warm and dry, Washington wines are often described as having crisp acidity a...

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POSTED May 20th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Cucumber Melon Sauvignon Blanc - 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

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