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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


Getting the most out of your shipping $$$$

When customers order product online to be shipped to them, we always strive to do our best to let them know how best to minimize their shipping costs. With our new great low prices for shipping, the magic number is 10lbs. What does that mean exactly?Often we will receive an order for a package of labels, some shrinks, maybe 30 corks - and the shipping cost will be for the minimum - 10 lbs. If you had the labels and shrinks, added 100 corks, an auto siphon, thief, hydrometer, hose and clamp, vacu...

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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


Modifying the Gravity of your Barons Beer Kits.

Modifying the Gravity of your Barons Beer KitsYou can manipulate the specific gravity of your Baron’s kit by adding less water to the primary fermenter.  The kits contain 7 liters of high-gravity wort.  When the kit is prepared with 16 liters of water, the original gravity is between 1.036 and 1.057, depending upon the style.  If you leave part of that water out, say by adding only 12 liters of water, the gravity will increase by %20, and the alcohol content of the finished...

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


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


LE15 Stunning Wines Today: Winning Competitions Tomorrow

It's competition time again for The Home Vintner Wine Guild! Our wines have been carefully selected and sent to WineMaker Magazine for inclusion in the 2016 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition. Last year there were ten countries represented with 2825 bottles judged. Of note, all four of our Guild members won at least 2 medals last year, with 12 medals in total - including a GOLD for three of our entrants. It makes you wonder.... how is that even possible? It’s the Golden Trian...

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


Selection California Sauvignon Blanc Rosé

Since the announcement of our limited release Selection Sauvignon Blanc Rose I have had several questions about how the Sauvignon Blanc gets its pink colour, and if there are any commercial examples of this style.Firstly, our wine gets its pink colour via the addition of Pinot Noir juice in the F-pack, also adding some sweetness for an off-dry finish. This process was first used in Germany (although now very rare) to produce spectacular wines called “Rotgold” (red-gold).The concept o...

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


Cheaper Shipping to Fort McMurray and Rural Communities!

We have been working hard to improve the shipping costs for our out of town customers. In the past it has been hard to get the cost of product vs shipping costs to be sweet enough to make it worthwhile. That is no longer the case! We can now get 2 Barons beer kits, or 2 Island Mist kits to Fort McMurray for as low as $17. If you have tried to order in the past on larger weight orders and been disappointed with costs, I would like to encourage you to check us out again. We never process...

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


Recipes available to pair with your LE15 wine.

Many customers come out in November to our preview tasting nights for the upcoming season of Limited Release wines. We put a lot of effort and time into selecting the commercially comparable wines, as well as food pairings to complement the wines. Every year we get asked for the recipes on tasting night. Now that LE15 wines are arriving in stores, and you are getting the opportunity to make these wines - why not try the pairings to go with them? Did you know you can become your own pairing recip...

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

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