The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - June, 2010

June 2010


Another satellite store will be opening early in June at Glacier Pure Water Ltd at 7 - 700 Village Ave in Okotoks.  Phone Whitney at (403) 995-7873 for more information.  Thank you to our clients who have made us the largest wine supply store in Alberta.  Quality matters!


We are excited to once again bring you Winexpert’s 7th annual International Summer Celebration starting this June. This year we will be celebrating France in June, Italy in July and Australia in August.

French Cabernet Sauvignon

French Merlot

French Chardonnay



An excellent candidate for short term aging due to its moderate tannins. Deep ruby red colour with berries and oak on the palate. Serve with prime rib and steaks.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium


Direct from the vineyards of southern France, this classic varietal is rich with ripe fruit and berry flavours, yet soft and elegant. Dry, full-bodied and deeply coloured, with a complex velvety taste accentuated with premium French oak.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium


The classic, from the country that made it famous in so many of its high-end white wine blends. Pleasantly dry, with medium acidity balanced with subtle hints of citrus and fruit. Includes premium French oak for a characteristic vanilla-oak structure. Has established a following for its unique balance of dryness, fruit and oak.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium


Last summer The Home Vintner had a contest offering 3 winners with guests to a weekend with Okanagan Wine Country Tours -  2 nights accommodation and 2 days of wine touring in beautiful Kelowna.  Congratulations to winner Penny and guest who will be the first to enjoy their tour next week.  Spectacular vineyard views, exquisite tasting rooms as wine guides present these world renowned wineries.

JUNE 16 & 17, 7-9 PM

The Home Vintner will be hosting an Evening of Wine Appreciation, with Cheese & Chocolate, on June 16 & 17 at the Holiday Inn Express, 64 East Lake Ave NE Airdrie as a fundraiser for Airdrie & District Humane Society.  The event runs from 7 to 9 PM with all ticket proceeds being donated to the Humane Society.  Tickets are $30 per couple and can be purchased at The Home Vintner Airdrie Store.  Come and support this worthwhile cause and learn about pairing wine with cheese and chocolate.  These events are always fun and informative!

For more information on setting up your own fundraising event and/or class for your group or organization please contact your local Home Vintner.


For the father who has everything, give the gift of wine making.  If you are the wine maker in the family make dad a special kit.  Starter kits and wine making gifts are available as well as gift certificates which are available in any amount.


 A glass worthy of Estate Series

Eisch Vino Nobile Breathable Glassware Red Wine - Set of 6 GlassesAgain this year, if you purchase any Selection Estate series wine kit, you will receive a free Breathable Eisch wine glass!  These proved to be immensely popular last year, and even Paul admits “they work!”

A wine poured into a Breathable Glass for just 2 to 4 minutes will show signs of aeration equivalent to the same wine that has been decanted and aerated for 1 to 2 hours.  (While supplies last)  Retail value of each glass is $34.95.  For more info, go online at


The Home Vintner excelled this year by winning 23 awards at the Provincial Wine & Beer Making Competition bringing our total to 448 Provincial and National awards.  We are extremely proud of our “little Guild that Could” and all their achievements!  We are always looking for more members – we meet about once a month to discuss wine, try different wines, and organize various field trips and tours.  We are a fun bunch of wine and beer loving people who refuse to be “snobs”!

Check out the Home Vintner Wine Guild on facebook by clicking here.


We have a few extra Limited Edition Brunello in our stores for a limited time. 


The new Twisted Mists, Strawberry Margarita and Mint Mojito are still available for a limited time. 

Named after mojadito, Spanish for "a little wet", the Mojito was a favorite drink of author Ernest Heminway.  Traditionally made of five ingredients (rum, sugar, lime, sparkling water and mint) the mojito's combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus and mint flavors complement the rich intensity of the rum.

Winexpert's Twisted Mist Mojito combines all of these flavors in a ready-to-drink cocktail: crisp lime, aromatic mint and wonderfully balanced, it's perfect for the patio and sultry summer nights. 


During June purchase and 2 wine or beer kits and buy a high quality 23 litre Italian glass carboy $27.95 at 1/2 price.  






June 1st @ 7 pm – Cochrane Store  - Wine & Beer Making Class - call (403) 851-8155  to register

June 16th & 17th @ 7-9 PM -Evening of Wine Appreciation with Cheese & Chocolate fundraiser for Airdrie & District Humane Society - call (403) 912-6323 tickets at the Airdrie store for $30 per couple.

June 19th @ 7 pm – Rocky Mountain House Store - Wine Appreciation call (403) 844-4858 to register

June 26th @ 7 pm - Wine Guild BBQ - bring a pot luck dish, something for the BBQ and your beverage of choice, call (403) 284-0486


Vintners Reserve White Zinfandel - This uniquely Californian treat is a pleasure to savour fully chilled, literally bursting with sweet plum flavours and a refreshing, flavourful finish.
Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: None

Vintners Reserve Riesling - The pride of German winemaking, this popular varietal produces a light, refreshing, well-balanced white wine, which is smooth and is easy to drink. A great match with seafood and chicken entrees.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: None

World Vineyard French Cabernet Sauvignon - All the classic associations with this well-known grape variety used in France's brilliant red wine blends are here in this Cabernet brought in directly from France: rich, intense aromas, deep berry fruits, healthy tannins, and a smooth, lingering finish. With the proper tannin astringency and premium French oak evident throughout, this is an elegant wine offering body and complexity when aged.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium

World Vineyard French Sauvignon Blanc - Steely, grassy, herbaceous the classic traits of palate-cleansing Sauvignon Blanc are here in this version sourced directly from the French countryside. Crisp and dry, this refreshing wine is a fabulous match with food, as its full, fresh flavours and wonderfully balanced acidity make it essential with chicken, fish and grilled vegetables.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: None


Barons Amber - Malty rich flavour and body. This reddish ale has slightly more bitterness than typical ales but its maltiness gives a nice balance between sweet and bitter. Our unique blend of 2-row pilsen, crystal and chocolate malts gives this ale its incredible character.

Barons Canadian Draught - Creamy beer with a sparkling golden colour. Lightly hopped to bring out the true, just-tapped flavour of pub-style draughts.

Canada Day Holiday

Please note we will be closed for Canada Day, Thursday, July 1st 2010.

In this newsletter...

Okotoks Store Opening

Internation Summer Celebration

Okanagan Prize Winner

Wine Appreciation Evenings

Breathable Eisch Glasses are back

Provincial Wine & Beer Making Competition

Italian Brunello

New Twisted Mist

June Events

Wine & Beer on Sale

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