The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - April 2014
 

APRIL LIMITED EDITION IS ARRIVING SOON

A collection of five limited edition varietals from some of the world's legendary wine growing regions are released January through April.  Now known simply as LE2013, named for the harvest year.  Each wine is vineyard specific.

May • Article on Washington Cabernet Merlot

 • Video on Washington Cabernet Merlot

April • Article on Oregon Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley, Oregon - we have extras available

• Video on Oregon Pinot Noir

THE 2014 SELECTION ROSÉ LIMITED RELEASE IS SELLING OUT

Limited Quantity Remaining - Australian Grenache Rosé - crisp hints of red cherry, fresh strawberry with a barely off-dry, refreshing finish. Enjoy it this summer with your favourite summer salads and barbeque fare.  Only a limited quantity of this fantastic varietal was produced so get yours before they’re gone!  This is one of Paul's favourite wines for the summer.

DYNAMIC DUO - STRAWBERRY WATERMELON WINE COOLER

Coming Soon - Introducing a fresh, new Island Mist flavour just in time for summer.  We are excited to announce our new flavour: Strawberry Watermelon White Shiraz.  Serve this on the deck with fresh strawberries and watermelon.  To reserve this product please email or phone your local store.

 

GET A HEAD START ON SUMMER!

Just arrived - New Island Mist Hard Pink Lemonade and Hard Limeade, here for a limited time.  

Get ready to start your very own backyard lemonade stand with these delicious creations from Island Mist.  With flavours of freshly squeezed lemons, Hard Pink Lemonade has the classic taste with a kick. New Hard Lime is refreshingly tart with flavours of freshly squeezed limes and just the right amount of sweet.  Both flavours are 7.5% alcohol, with a sweetness code of 5. Available for a limited time only, so stock up to ensure you don’t run out!

CUSTOMER LOG IN

You may now personally review your wine and beer purchase history from our website.  Click here to visit the sign in spot.  It's easy!  Just go to our website and click 'Customer Login' on the left hand side.  Enter your email address and click on the bottom section to have a temporary password sent to you.  Once you receive your temporary password, be sure to customize it.  If it didn't work for you email us at info@thehomevintner.com and we will assist you.

THE BENEFITS OF LIQUID YEAST

It's time to try a liquid yeast with your next wine or beer kit!  Although the dry yeast that comes with your kits gives excellent results, a change to liquid yeast can give dramatically different profiles to your wines or beers.  The Chablis yeast added to a Chardonnay allows the fruit character to dominate.

Liquid yeasts can offer a wider range of fermentation temperatures, e.g., for beer, cold fermentation lagers to warm fermentation fruit forward ales.  Some wines can greatly benefit from variable fermentation temperatures.

The Chianti yeast added to a Carmenere or a Sangiovese gives a rich, bold and well rounded profile.  The Barons Dutch Lager is ideal paired with the Kolsch yeast.  And, the Belgian Wit kit without the Wit Yeast just would not be the same!  With the choice of 9 Liquid Wine Yeasts and 49 Liquid Beer Yeasts, our knowledgeable staff can make excellent suggestions to help you enhance your wine and beer.

We carry a variety of liquid yeasts in our stores.  If you pre-order, we can insure your choices will be on the next shipment and in-stock when you need them.

BLUE CHEESE AND STOUT PAIRING

Salty, sweet, tangy and piquant, the range and complexity of flavours in blue cheese is as varied as it is vivid. A good blue cheese can handle a weighty beer.  Rich and toasty stouts of all kinds are perfect pairings for blue cheese, be they milk, oat, or imperial stouts. The roasted malt melds with the blue cheese for a deep, earthy and satisfying effect.

We offer various stout kits to choose from:  The Home Vintner's award winning stout uses Barons Brown Ale as a base. Also available are  Paddock Wood Toucan Stout, Brewers Best Classic Recipe Irish Stout and Premium Recipe Oatmeal Stout. 

Click here for resource for pairings...   

WHY NOT TRY MAKING “BUBBLY”?

Create a Sparkling Rosé or a Chardonnay based Blanc de Blanc Sparkling wine.  Many of our wines are excellent when carbonated.  If you create effervescence in your wine by the addition of dextrose (the same way we carbonate our beer), there will be a slight sediment bed in your bottles.  Or, you can rent our carbonation machine, exclusive to The Home Vintner.  This infuses C02 into the wine, therefore leaving no sediment.

We carry the proper bottles, corks and wires for this style of wine.   Consult the staff regarding which wines are suitable for natural carbonation, or for use with The Home Vintner carbonation machine.  For example, all Island Mist kits require carbonation through our CO2 machine.  If you want to try a single sparkling bottle rather than the whole kit - use your Soda Stream machine.

Sparkling wine should be served cold, around 7 degrees C.  Hold the cork and gently turn the bottle in one direction.  (Turn the bottle and not the cork.)  The cork should not “pop”  as you will lose bubbles.   A quiet “sigh” is best.  “Here's looking at you, kid.”  -  Humphrey Bogart toasting Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca.

HOME VINTNER TRANSFER SYSTEM

Never lift a carboy again.  Our system will flow your wine and beer from a glass carboy on the floor to a primary or carboy on the table.  For racking you can go from one carboy to another primary or carboy on the same level.  Simple to use gentle pressure as to be nice to your wine and beer.

 

 

ALL BREWER'S BEST BEER KITS ON SALE! $5 OFF

We are pleased to offer the Brewer's Best ™ lineup of 21 varities.  We have reformulated the kits to produce 23 litres, so there is no need for you to buy additional equipment.

Many of these kits include grains, alongside their malts, a varied selection of hops and some specialty dry-pitch yeast to achieve style and lots of flavour.  It's time to start paying attention to terms such as IBU's (International Bittering Units). The lower the number, the less hoppy and/or bitter – the higher the number…let's just say at 100+ IBU's the Double India Pale Ale sounds pretty exciting!  The extra time it takes to make these kits can be well worth it.  We carry a rotating variety of these kits in stock at our different locations.

For full descriptions of the kits available, please click here. 

Click here to read our recent blog on IBU's.

PADDOCK WOOD BREW KITS AND THE HOME VINTNER PARTNERSHIP

About Paddock Wood:  Saskatchewan's first micro-brewery prides itself on unique flavour and refreshing taste. Their award-winning brewmaster Stephen Cavan leads a team of people dedicated to creating great beers.  Along with their stunning commercial beers, the crew at Paddock Wood provide a rotating brewmaster selection of ultra-premium home beer making kits.   It's exciting to have the opportunity to brew beer at home from a complete wort kit, straight from the brewmaster's imagination!

It's even more exciting to know that these kits will continue to change with season and with trends.  For full descriptions of the kits available, please click here.

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WINE & BEER MAKING CLASSES

Over 20,000 people have attended our wine & beer making courses since 1993.  During April we are offering 2 for 1!  $25.00 for you and a friend.  Join us as we walk you through the steps.

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

97% of class participants would recommend us to a friend.

Classes for April are now posted - click here to go to our event calendar... 

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 Melissa Malej...

 

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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 Chris New... 

 

JOIN US ON TWITTER - MONTHLY DRAW STARTS IN APRIL

Join us on Twitter @TheHomeVintner to keep up with the latest news, events, sales, questions and comments.

Monthly prize winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Tyler Lin...

 

SPECIAL OFFERS IN APRIL - $5 OFF

• World Vineyard Australian Shiraz

• World Vineyard Australian Chardonnay

• Vintners Reserve Pinot Noir

• Vintners Reserve Pinot Blanc

• All Brewers Best Beer Kits - 21 different beers on a rotating basis

 

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