The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - October 2013
 

A collection of five limited edition varietals from some of the world's most renowned wine growing regions.  Now known simply as LE2013 with a focus on the harvest year.  Each wine is vineyard specific!  These wines sell out every year and, as their name suggests, they can only be ordered during a very short time period annually between October and December prior to their release the following year.

 Click below for a written review on each LE2013:

January - South African Shiraz Cabernet with grape skins - Worcester Vineyards SA
January - South African Viognier Chenin Blanc Roussanne - Paarl, South Africa
February - Pacific Quartet - Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Gewurztraminer & Viognier - Pacific Rim
March - Oregon Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley, Oregon
April - Washington Cabernet Merlot - Red Mountain Washington

Click here to go to our product page introducing the LE2013

Click below for videos with Tim Vandergrift:

• Introduction
• South African Shiraz Cabernet with grape skins
• South African Viognier Chenin Blanc Rousanne
• Pacific Quartet
• Oregon Pinot Noir
• Washington Cabernet Merlot
• Closing

Click here to see Winexpert's LE2013 recipes...

Click here for pre-order and/or pre-pay forms...

• Save 10% by pre-paying!

• Deadline for pre-order & pre-paying is December 6, 2013.

LE2013 WINE TASTING

This year, rather than having just one event, we will be having several in store wine tastings with food pairings during October and November.

We would like to invite you to our 2013 Limited Edition tasting with food samplings. Paul has been hard at work with our chefs preparing food pairings that will give a "wow factor" with each wine.  Please phone or email info@thehomevintner.com to reserve a spot.  Prior to attending the wine tasting we recommend that you view Tim's videos above.

 NW Calgary Store (403) 284-0486:

• When: Friday October 11
              Friday October 18
              Friday October 25
• Where: in the NW store
• Time: 7 to 9 PM
• Cost: none

NE Calgary Store (403) 291-4888:
• When: Saturday October 26
• Where: in the NE store
• Time: 1 to 4 PM
• Cost: none

AIRDRIE Store (403)912-6323:

• When: Saturday October 19
• Where: in the Airdrie store
• Time: 1 to 4 PM
• Cost: none

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE (403) 844-4858:

• When: Saturday October 19
• Where: in the Rocky store
• Time: 1 to 4 PM
• Cost: none

MORE TASTINGS COMING IN NOVEMBER!

WORLD VINEYARD WITH GRAPE SKINS

World Vineyards three new varietals have been a great hit - all with crushed grape skins.  These wines offer: enhanced body, mouth-feel, tannins and more authentic varietal character.  

• Australian Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre
• Australian Cabernet Sauvignon
• Washington Merlot

click here to read more... 

 

EXTRA CHOCOLATE PORTS HAVE ARRIVED

If you pre-ordered Chocolate Raspberry and/or Chocolate Orange Port please pick up your port.  Yes, we ordered extra if you missed the deadline.  Every year demand outstrips supply so don't delay. 

 

 

 

NEW BEER KITS 

Introducing Brewer's Best Beer making kits.  Available in the US for over 20 years, Brewer's Best has a reputation for outstanding taste directly comparable to commercial craft beers.  These are fully tested, BJCP (beer judge certification program) recipes.  Requiring a 19 litre carboy, these full malt kits will be a welcome addition to your cellar.

Soon to arrive are:  Belgian IPA, English Bitter, Gluten Free Ale & Kolsh with more to come.

We have brought these in to supplement our 13 Barons kits, 25 add ons and 46 different yeasts.

BEER HOPS


I've often wondered why so many people on the west coast love their super hoppy beer. I like my hops too, but some of their local brews were more than a little challenging for me.

Some research later, and it all makes perfect sense. Hops (Humulus) belong to the family Cannabaceae. Marijuana, weed, pot, bud, ganja...you know, the other herb those west coasters have a well-known fondness for are a close cousin of hops. Come by for a whiff if I happen to be bagging a bale of Cascades next time you're in the store. The nose knows!

More interesting facts about hops:

 

• Only female flowers are used in brewing
• Like its cousin, hops are rapid growing.  At its most vigorous, it can grow 20-50 cm (8-20 inches) in one week
• Producers "weed out" any male plants to avoid pollination and thereby seeds, which can cause off flavours due to their fatty acid content
• The perennial bines (not vines) die back to the ground in autumn, flowering on new wood each year
• The first cultivated hops originated in China.  Today there are about 80 varieties used in brewing world wide
• Hops are a beautiful plant, and they can be grown right here in Alberta! This picture was taken 29 September 2013 in Tuxedo Park neighbourhood, Calgary

from Terésa Cerveza NW store 

WINE & BEER MAKING CLASSES

Over 20,000 people have attended our wine & beer making course since 1993!  During October - 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... 

NW STORE IMPROVEMENTS 

Our recent addition of space efficient shelving has prompted clients to remark, "Hey, you don't have much stock in here!"  The key word is "efficient", because we have more stock than ever but it is now all on display, and not "in the back room".   Come and see!  Great job Jack!

 

PAUL'S RANT - GOOD ADVICE STARTS HERE

At The Home Vintner, we pride ourselves on our in-depth wine and beer making knowledge.   We continually upgrade our skills through courses and research.  Home Vintner staff have won Winemaker of the Year and Beermaker of the Year awards.  To date, The Home Vintner Wine Guild has accumulated 652 Provincial, National, and International Awards.  Sixteen of our staff members are certified under International Winemaking Programs.

We like to re-educate those customers who have researched home brewing and wine making techniques on the internet.  They talk with us, and they ask "why didn’t anyone tell me that before?”  Unfortunately, the internet is not the most reliable source of information, so for years these vintners and brewers have not been achieving the best results from their wine and beer making hobby.

When you come into one of The Home Vintner stores, you may wonder why the staff ask you questions regarding what you're making and how it's turning out.  This is because we have the knowledge, and, along with the best product on the market, we want to share it with you.

From Paul CEO of The Home Vintner

THE HOME VINTNER OKOTOKS “SATELLITE” STORE

Whitney Dunham is the face you will find behind the counter at Glacier Pure Water in Okotoks. Whitney's water store has been in business for 11 years, and The Home Vintner has been in partnership with her for 4 years now.

Whitney makes her own wine from our Winexpert kits, and enjoys sharing a glass with her friends and family. Her palate leans towards red wines, and she is enthusiastic about trying many of the different red varieties that Winexpert kits offer.

Whitney feels that having The Home Vintner wine and beer making kits and equipment in her water store is a natural fit.  Most of her customers prefer to use her reverse osmosis water as part of the wine / beer making process.

As of today, she sells more wine kits than beer kits, but with the ever increasing interest in craft beer, especially amongst the younger crowd, she is thinking that beer will soon be a close second!

Glacier Pure Water is located at # 7, 700 Village Avenue, Okotoks

OUR WINE GUILD HAS NOW WON 652 AWARDS! 

In the 2013 Amateur Winemaker of Canada National Competition there were 20 awards given to Alberta winemakers. 9 were given to other Albertans while 12 were awarded to our Wine Guild! 3 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze plus Dave won Best White Kit and Ken won Best Red Kit! Ron won 1 Silver & 2 Bronze, Dave won 1 Gold, Ken 1 Gold, 1 Silver & 2 Bronze, Pat 1 Gold & 1 Silver, Gordon 1 Silver, Clarence 1 Silver.  Congratulations team!

We welcome all our clients to attend our wine guild meetings and then enter your wine into the competitions next year.

TEN STEPS TO SUCCESS

1. Clean, Sanitize & Rinse
2. Read Instructions Thoroughly Before Starting
3. Stir, Stir, Stir
4. Use Hydrometer
5. Stable Environment 
6. Be Patient
7. Degas your wine
8. Use Quality Products
9. Ask for help if in doubt
10. Have Fun

Jack NW store

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MONTHLY STORE DRAW

Each month, every wine or beer purchase automatically enters you into our monthly draw.  This month's winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Bob L... from the Okotoks store.

 

CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN BEER LABELS

You are making the best beer so why not dress up the bottles with our Home Vintner beer labels?  They are excellent for the home brewer because they stick, stay and remove cleanly.  Beer of this quality should be presented properly.

 

WHY LIQUID YEAST FOR MY WINE?

Our kits are great with the dry yeast provided but can excel in depth and complexity of taste and aroma when paired with the right liquid yeast.

By far our largest comparison opportunity to date was the LE2011 California Zinfandel Shiraz. We made that kit with the dry kit yeast provided, and also with the Chateau Red, Port Wine and Zinfandel liquid yeast. All variations were nice with this wine, with subtle differences in taste or nose. However in side by side tasting, the Zinfandel yeast brought this wine to a logical completion that outstripped the other choices. Chianti and Valpolicella shine with the Chianti yeast. Barolo displays more depth of character and fruit forward with Zinfandel yeast. Chilean Malbec and Malbec Shiraz pair exceptionally with Chateau Red yeast.  Ask our staff for liquid yeast recommendations for your next wine kit.

From Kellie Airdrie Store

SPECIAL OFFERS IN OCTOBER

BARONS - MEXICAN CERVEZA - $4 OFF

A personal favorite, and recommendation for those who want a great summer beer is the Mexican Cerveza - nothing quenches better than this – light and easygoing. Fresh, bright, light bodied, clean flavour - great on the patio and beach. Comparable to a Pacifico.

How about a lime, raspberry, blueberry or mango Cerveza? Recipes are in our stores now.

You can create a wonderful Belgian Wit using Mexican Cerveza as the background. A light, refreshing beer with a clean crisp profile. As with most wheat beers, the relatively high protein content leads to haze, giving the beer a light golden colour . With light body, slight sweetness and a zesty orange-fruity finish. Coriander, orange peel and our special Wyeast Belgian Wit yeast produces the complexity and depth of fruity flavours contained within the glass.

Use our liquid yeast and our add on pack of cracked wheat, coriander and orange peel.

Watch Ron as he makes a Belgin Wit, click here to watch the process...

Ronnie's Roasted Pumpkin Cerveza - Les calls this new beer, "Thanksgiving in a glass!" Our pumpkin beer is mild, with no bitterness, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Pumpkin Cerveza will add seasonal cheer to your beer collection. The Barons Mexican Cerveza allows the pumpkin pie flavours to come through beautifully.

 

 

WORLD VINEYARD TRINITY RED - $5 OFF

An ideal blending of three of California 's most popular grape varieties - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, coming together to make a perfectly balanced, well- structured dry red wine.  Notes of black cherry and coffee complement the smokey, herbal flavours, and hints of vanilla that round out this medium bodied wine, making it highly enjoyable for any occasion.  Serve with a roast dinner or barbecued steak.


Sweetness: DRY | Body: MEDIUM-FULL | Oak Intensity: MEDIUM

 

WORLD VINEYARD TRINITY WHITE - $5 OFF

A unique blend of Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, combining lemon and grapefruit aromas with rounded fruit, melons and fresh figs to round out this crisp refreshing medium-bodied white.


Sweetness: DRY | Body: MEDIUM | Oak Intensity: NONE

VINTNERS RESERVE SHIRAZ- $5 OFF

Boasts a concentrated blend of plum and blackberry fruit, with spice and chocolate in a firm structure that leads to a tannic, fruity finish and hints of smoky oak.  This wine is a mouth-filling, dark and delicious treat.


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

VINTNERS RESERVE PINOT GRIS  - $5 OFF

Refreshing and light-bodied, this wine shows green apple, pear and honeydew, drinking well while still young. Great with lighter foods, peppered white fish, and creamy cheeses.
Sweetness: DRY | Body: LIGHT-MEDIUM | Oak Intensity: NONE

 

 

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 birth dates.

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