The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Newsletter - July 2013

JULY 2013




Wine & beer making classes

During July - 2 for 1! First person pays $25.00, the second person is free.

Join Paul & Ron as they make a wine & beer kit in front of the class.

If you have taken this course before and would like a refresher there is no charge for you and a guest.

Click here to go to our event calendar... 



Canada Day hours

NW & NE Stores:

Sat June 29 - noon - 5
Sun June 30 - noon - 4
Mon July 1 - closed


Sat June 29 - noon - 5
Sun June 30 - closed
Mon July 1 - closed





We reward loyalty! Every 11th kit is half price

Purchase 10 wine or beer kits and your 11th kit is half price! Your bonus kit may be ANY kit  available in the store. Purchases may be made at any Home Vintner store with no time limit.




On your birthday

The Home Vintner appreciates your patronage so on your birthday we email you a $10 coupon which may be used for a wine kit or a $5 coupon for any beer kit - this offer is also available for your partner.  The next time you are into one of our stores ensure that we have both of your birthdates.




Winexpert won over 300 medals in the 2013 Winemaker International Amateur Wine
competition. Winexpert won the most Gold medals and the most medals overall,
including Best in Show White for Pacifica White. Congratulations to all of our winning winemakers!



Thank you for taking a moment to vote for The Home Vintner again in this years Calgary Herald competition.  Click here to go directly to the voting website.  To vote for us look under "Shopping" - Winemaking/Brewing Supplies.  iPad winners will be drawn August 9.


A huge challenge in Calgary is the process of degassing wine after it has been stabilized.  We have encouraged our clients to use the Vacuvin system which creates a vacuum in the carboy, which sucks out the CO2. 

If your wines have an edge and/or have a scent of a sulphur nose probably you did not degas your wine enough before bottling. Remember the byproduct of fermentation is alcohol and CO2 and Calgary’s elevation of 3500 feet makes it much more problematic removing it. For those wine makers who have not addressed this problem in the past expect a dramatic improvement in the quality of your wines.  Rental is $10.


Our customers are always first in line for our rental equipment.  There is often a high demand for our wine filters.  We clean and sanitize them after each use.  Plus, we use only the best quality filter pads because inferior filter pads can leave your finished wine tasting like a wet cardboard box!

If someone uses one of our filters on some other  wine kit that contains dye, then we must soak and/or scrub everything for a long time before we can let them go out again.  That's why we only rent out our filters to our customers, for Winexpert kits from The Home Vintner.  Also our degassers are in great demand so our customers making our wine are 1st in line.

From Paul CEO of The Home Vintner


Last fall, I was cleaning out a carboy after racking some Argentine Malbec.  In the bottom was a dark red blob of wine-soaked oak cubes.  When I poured the sediment and oak cubes into a colander so as not to plug up the sink, it occurred to me that if dried out, the cubes would be great to put on the barbecue for that real smokey taste.

A few days later I put the chips in my smoker and they added an amazing flavour blast to my steak!   So far, I've saved chips and cubes from Stag's Leap Merlot, Amarone, Carmenere and GSM.  You could always buy flavoured woods at a store to use in your smoker; but why not try this?  And in the meantime, enjoy some great wines you've made yourself!

 from Ken,  wine guild member and previous AB winemaker of the year


Bergamais is such a fun wine.  Yes, usually red wines are fairly serious but this light-bodied wine is a red with a fun and playful attitude.

Its irresistible elegance subliminally draws you into its orbit. Intense ruby-garnet in colour, it is redolent of a profusion of aromas of coffee, cherries and sun dried fruits.

Think of it as a "juicy" wine.  When drinking it, you'll feel like you just bit into a fresh juicy red berry.  It's a family favorite!

This terrific tasting light-bodied, off-dry red has no oak added.  This makes for a delicious, easy drinking wine with all the great health benefits from red wines.  How can you go wrong?

I love to serve this wine with heavier dishes because its lighter body gives your heavy dishes good balance.  Try it with lasagna, beef wellington, lamb and veal.  It's great with softer cheeses such as brie or smoked provolone.

From Ron NW manager, 2011 AB Winemaker of the Year


Indulge in our award winning chocolate ports.  Pre-order now for our rich seasonal dessert wines. Both were gold medal winners in the Port Style category of the 2013 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition.  This kit produces 11.5 litres of Port - do not add additional water.

Deadline to pre-order is August 6 with delivery in September.  Pre-order discount is $10 and when you pre-pay you receive an additional 10% discount.

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click here to pre-order and/or pre-pay online...


There are many small steps to improving your wine. You are making the top wine kits in the market, with a little extra care you can bring out their best.

The Home Vintner strongly recommends the use of Aseptox as your only cleaner / sanitizer. Never use chlorine bleach, anything containing chlorine might contribute to the dreaded corked wine aroma - T.C.A. (2-4-6 trichloroanisole) that stinky, swampy aroma.  read more about TCA - Wikipedia

When aseptox is added to water, the crystals dissolve and release oxygen. After hydrogen does its work, it degrades into oxygen and water leaving only the minerals behind.  We also recommend Reverse Osmosis water (available in our stores) or distilled for the same reason – no chlorine.  Sodium metabisulphite can be an excellent sanitizer, but it will not clean the surfaces.


To learn the weight of a wine, look at the alcohol content. Less than about 12% alcohol is light wine territory, 12.5-13.5% means medium-bodied and anything higher is full-bodied. Body in wine refers to its weight in the mouth, and is comparable to milk – light is to skim as whole is to full.

When you head to the beach most want light.  The lightest wines come from cooler climates or microclimates, certain grape varieties are naturally leaner than others.

Click here for our Light-Medium Wine Kits


To enter, become a friend of The Home Vintner on Facebook. This month's winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Christine Ha...


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Each month, every wine or beer purchase automatically enters you into our monthly draw.  This month's winner of a $25.00 gift certifate from our Rocky Mountain House store is Kristina Robi...

The Home Vintner, Rocky Mountain House, has moved to a new location – 4939 51st Street (the old Bauer Flooring Building).  This is a bright and cheery space.  Our hours are still Tuesday to Friday, 12:30 to 5:30 and Saturdays 10:00 to 5:00. Hope to see you soon! Wende and Ole 



It’s not easy keeping up with the top 3 wine producing countries in the world: France, Italy and Spain. But with 90% of United States wine being produced in California, you might say The Golden State is willing to work pretty hard to hold their coveted 4th place spot.

Try some of these popular varietals in July, made from grapes grown in the California sunshine - $10 off:

• Selection California Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
• Selection California Gewurztraminer
• Selection California Merlot
• Selection California Sauvignon Blanc
• Selection California White Zinfandel
• Selection California White Merlot

Vintners Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - $5 Off

If you like red wines, you will enjoy having this "Cab" in your wine collection. Life is good when you uncork one, hold the glass up to the light and see the beautiful shades of deep red.  Then stick your nose deep into the glass and breathe in its awesome aromas.  When taking that first sip, allow the wine to glide over your tongue with lingering in your mouth. Beautiful fruit-forward and juicy on the front, while revealing layers and subtlety as it opens on the palate  Fresh, ripe fruit, black current, black cherry, raspberry with hints of spice.

This is an example of Winexpert’s commitment to quality when presenting a classic wine. Medium to full body with lots of complex flavors.  Share with friends over hearty dinners.  Bold, deep character; age for maximum benefits.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium

read more - Wikipedia

Vintners Reserve Sauvignon Blanc - $5 Off

The flavour is full and dry, with a fruity (think apples and a touch of grapefruit), herbaceous character, which finishes crisp and clean. A versatile wine which handles a wide range of herbs, spices and flavourings. Succulent melon, ripe pear and fresh lemon grass mingle together in this medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh lime complements the subtle mineral quality while added layers of fig and honeysuckle round out this crisp, aromatic wine.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: None

read more - Wikipedia

World Vineyard Italian Barolo Style - $5 Off

Nebbiolo grapes take their name from fog (nebbia). Notoriously demanding to grow, they require sheltered south-facing sites with well-drained chalky soil, but yield grapes with high tannins, good extract and very importantly for this long-lived style, bracing acidity for structure and age ability.

Medium in body with a luminous dark cherry colour Winexpert World Vineyard Barolo has rich, spicy fruit and delivers the true character of the grape and land. Typical flavours are cherries, violets, black licorice, truffles and it finishes with rich, chewy, deep and long-lasting flavour. Burly, assertive ‘chewy’ wine, it is not for the faint of heart, but for those seeking intensity and complexity, there is nothing else like Barolo.

Sweetness: DRY | Body: MEDIUM | Oak Intensity: LIGHT

read more - Wikipedia

World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio - $5 Off

Our number 1 best seller!! In Italy, the Pinot Grigio grape has been cultivated for more than a century. The Pinot Grigio grape is genetically related to Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, and is easily subject to color mutation. The skin colour of the grapes can range from a bluish grey to a delicate pink, depending on the clone and the geographic zone. In fact, the word "grigio" means grey in Italian, although the juice is drawn off the skins before the skins impart a tint to the wine. With a climate known for cool nights and warm days, conditions are conducive to exceptional grape maturation. This wine has a clear, straw yellow colour, with light golden reflections. With tropical fruit notes that make this unique vintage truly exotic, with apple and pineapple aromas and flavours. The wine is light bodied, with a pleasantly soft palate and a long finish.

read more - Wikipedia 

Barons 10% off when you buy 2!

During July buy 2 or more Barons beer kits and receive 10% off!

With your beer food pairings over the summer think of what goes with red wine and supstitute any ale.  White wines, supstitute any lager.

To make a beer float choose either vanilla or chocolate ice cream + beer + blender = float.

Mexican Cerveza + lime juice = great lime beer.

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