LE2013 WINE TASTING WITH FOOD PAIRINGS
We would like to invite you to our 2013 Limited Edition tastings with food samples. Paul has been hard at work with our chefs preparing food pairings that will beautifully compliment each wine. Please phone or email us to reserve a spot. Prior to attending the wine tasting we recommend that you view Tim's videos below.
NW CALGARY Store (403) 284-0486:
Friday November 1st - 7 PM sharp
Thursday November 7th - 7PM sharp
Sunday November 10th - 2 PM sharp
Thursday November 14th - 7 PM sharp
Sunday November 17th - 2 PM sharp
Thursday November 21st - 7 PM sharp
Sunday November 24th - 2 PM sharp
Friday November 29th - 7 PM sharp
• Where: in the NW Calgary store
• Cost: none
NE CALGARY Store (403) 291-4888:
• When: Saturday November 16th - 1 PM sharp
• Where: in the NE Calgary store
• Cost: none
AIRDRIE Store (403) 912-6323:
• When: Saturday November 9th - 1 PM sharp
• Where: in the Airdrie store
• Cost: none
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE Store ( 403)844-4858
• When: Saturday November 16th - 1 PM sharp
• Where: in the Rocky store
• Cost: none
A collection of five limited edition varietals from some of the world's most renowned wine growing regions. Now known simply as LE2013, focused 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 between October and December before 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:
• South African Shiraz Cabernet with grape skins
• South African Viognier Chenin Blanc Rousanne
• Pacific Quartet
• Oregon Pinot Noir
• Washington Cabernet Merlot
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.
HOME BREWED CRAFT BEER & WINE SOARING IN POPULARITY
Now that the weather is cooling off, it might be time to consider an indoor hobby. There is nothing better on a cool fall day than curling up near the fire with a glass of your favourite wine or craft beer. Why not get away from the commercial, mass-produced products and make your own creation to share with friends.
Click here to view the Fall 2013 Airdrie House and Home article with Pat manager Airdrie store
EXCITEMENT IS IN THE AIR IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE
The new store features an open building concept, a ramp to haul supplies in and out and is overall more accessible and extremely customer-friendly. “We have more space to do things in,” says Wende with a sparkle in her eye.
Click here to view the article in Summer 2013 The Mountaineer from Rocky...
WINE & BEER MAKING CLASSES
Over 20,000 people have attended our wine & beer making courses since 1993! During November - 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...
Thank you Calgary Herald readers and our great customers for choosing us!
PAUL'S RANT - POOR YEAST HANDLING
Sprinkle or rehydrate? We strongly recommend simply sprinkling dry yeast on top of your must. In order to rehydrate your yeast properly, you need to have precisely 10 to 1 water / yeast. If not enough water is used, the yeast will grow sluggishly. If too much water is used the yeast cells will burst.
Temperature range is inflexible. If the water isn’t warm enough, the yeast cells won’t soften. If too warm, the yeast cells will cook and die.
Then, before adding your rehydrated yeast to the primary, the temperature difference between the yeast and your wine or beer kit must be less than 2 degrees Celsius. Otherwise, weakened cells may die and others may go dormant.
Seems like a lot of trouble, doesn't it? Just trust the yeast, it knows its job. A short lag time isn’t enough to allow any spoilage. It’s a lot simpler, and why take all that risk?
From Paul CEO of The Home Vintner
THE HOME VINTNER DRUMHELLER “SATELLITE” STORE
Nina Burfield and her son, Mike, purchased Water Pure and Simple in June 2001, and partnered with The Home Vintner in October 2003. As a family owned and operated business, they serve the needs of Drumheller and surrounding communities.
In addition to bottled water sales, they also offer service regarding all water related goods. Nina and Mike are pleased to offer the craft of wine and beer making supplies in their store. They feel it is a good fit, as well as a great hobby! Water Pure and Simple is located at 97 Bridge Street, Drumheller and is open Monday to Friday 9 to noon and 1 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm. Click here to read Nina's blog...
Immediate results are a by-product of today’s fast paced world. Most people seem to expect it all to happen NOW, and become annoyed if they have to wait for anything. Even when it comes to wine, I’ve had inquiries about additives and procedures that supposedly speed up the process of home brewing.
Well, I say, if you are in that much of a hurry, just go to the liquor store. But, to make your own wine or beer requires an investment, not just in a little space in your home, but in time.
There is a certain sense of pleasure and pride in serving your friends a wine you’ve made that is smooth, mellow and (heaven forbid) not bottled too early.
So…just wait for it! You’ll be glad you did. from Terésa NW store
We are pleased to announce the addition of Barossa Valley Australian Shiraz to the Eclipse line-up which will be available mid November. Please pre-order by contacting the nearest location.
Aromas of blackberry, peppercorns and smoked meat. Full-bodied yet smooth with big, dark, peppery fruit and plush texture on the palate.
Years ago my wife and I were into wine making, but when the kids came along we found it too difficult to continue. I have often referred to those days with my children, and so this past Christmas I received a Vintners Reserve kit as a gift from my son. Anticipation dictated we make this kit together, so my wife, son and his significant other made and shared the results. The kids were so impressed with the quality of the wine we decided to seriously get into the hobby as a foursome.
Click here to read the rest of this blog... from Jack NW store
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK TO QUALIFY FOR OUR MONTHLY DRAW
To enter, become a friend of The Home Vintner on Facebook. This month's winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Kurtis Sho...
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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 Jane Flate... from the Drumheller store.
We have a large group who just love their Cab Sauvs. From the Vintners Reserve right up to the intense Lodi Ranch 11 CS with grape skins.
We have a new Cab Sauv offering in the World Vineyard kits which includes grapeskins! This promises to be an excellent addition to your cellar.
THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING PRODUCT CODES!
The Home Vintner has constant turnover of wine and beer kits, so all of our stock is current and we guarantee them 100 per cent. When you start your wine or beer, remove the code sticker from the top of the box and stick it to your instructions or in your wine journal. You need to have the code numbers in order for us to honour this guarantee!
Some other stores appear to have lots of stock but often the product is too old to be at its best. If the code sticker has been removed, don’t buy the kit. Check the production date on the box, if it’s under a year chances are it's okay, unless it was displayed in a window. Direct sunlight will cause a kit to deteriorate within weeks.
Our customers have learned to trust the Home Vintner; life is too short to drink bad wine.
Here's how to read the codes on the different brands:
SPECIAL OFFERS IN NOVEMBER
BARONS - PALE ALE - $4 OFF
One of our most popular beers, Pale Ale is a delightful interpretation of a classic English pale ale. It has a rich, chestnut color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Goldings hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It is a flawless beer that opens with bright, perky high notes of maltiness and orange blossom and segues into a delectable hoppiness.
For IPA lovers we have the ingredients and recipe for our award winning India Pale Ale. Ask the staff about liquid yeast options. You can change your IPA into an Innis & Gunn style beer by adding Brandy, Rum, Scotch at bottling time - ask for the recipe the next time you are in. Use our IPA add on package and use a 19 L carboy to make a West Coast IPA.
BLACK AND TAN
The Black and Tan originated in English pubs as a mixture of draught Pale Ale and Stout or Porter. Subsequent modifications to the recipe allowed for a mix of Lager and Stout, known as a Half and Half.
Directions: Pour 8 oz Pale Ale into a pint glass (pour a good head). Use a spoon so that the round side is up, then gradually pour the Stout to create the top layer.
SOME GUIDELINES FOR PAIRING BEER AND CHEESE
Discover more enjoyment with your beer by pairing it with matching cheese. Try pairing complex cheeses with complex beers.
• Pair delicate beers with young, fresh cheeses.
• Pair malty beers with nutty, aged cheeses.
• Pair highly hopped, bitter beers with tart, sharp cheeses, especially cheddars.
• Pair strong, sweet beers with blue cheeses.
• Serve cheeses at room temperature - the flavours come out more.
• Contrast flavours and match textures (lighter beer, lighter cheeses.
Click here to see Springank Cheese & Beer Pairings...
WORLD VINEYARD ITALIAN SANGIOVESE - $5 OFF
The lively fruit and good acidity make it one of the most food-friendly of all reds, pairing well with pasta, veal Parmigiana, intensely flavoured cheeses, and fruits like cherries, figs, plums and raspberries.
Sweetness: DRY | Body: MEDIUM | Oak Intensity: MEDIUM
WORLD VINEYARD FRENCH SAUVIGNON BLANC - $5 OFF
Steely, grassy, herbaceous - the classic traits of Sauvignon Blanc. Sourced directly from the French countryside, crisp and dry, this wine is best enjoyed young. The aroma of Sauvignon is unmistakable with its green leafy notes, gooseberry fruit, mineral and melon.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: None
VINTNERS RESERVE MERLOT - $5 OFF
Wonderful plum, spice, currant and wild berry flavors. The soft tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish.
It is opaque and very dark ruby colored. It opens with a fragrant ripe black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a very pleasant blend of black cherry and mild black raspberry. There is a hint of oak and a touch of black pepper to add to its character. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins linger quite nicely. This wine is quite versatile and would pair well with many foods.
Sweetness: DRY | Body: MEDIUM | Oak Intensity: LIGHT
VINTNERS RESERVE GEWURZTRAMINER - $5 OFF
A distinctive wine with grapefruit, rose petal and lychee nut characteristics with a hint of sweetness. With an aromatic bouquet of cinnamon like spiciness and zesty citrus flavours that lead to a mouth-filling finish.Includes Flavour-Pack.
Sweetness: OFF-DRY | Body: 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.