The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - July 2014
 

Introducing NEW Skinny MistTM - an industry first, and only from Winexpert

Low calorie alcoholic beverages have been experiencing explosive growth since 2010, driven by brands Skinny Girl, Skinny Vine and Skinny Grape.  Winexpert is bringing Skinny to the home-made wine industry with the launch of SKINNY MISTTM.

Available this July, Skinny Mist will be available in three delicious and refreshing flavours:

Slight White: Tropical Riesling - Slight on calories, bursting with flavours of sweet, juicy pineapple and mango paired with the refreshing citrus notes of Riesling.

Leaner Traminer: Peach Gewurztraminer - Flavours of freshly picked peaches against a backdrop of crisp and subtly floral Gewurztraminer.  Lean on calories, mean on taste.

Merlittle Merlot: Blackberry Merlot - Round, fruit-forward Merlot gets a juicy infusion of succulent blackberry. 

Click here to read more...

Available mid July.

ON LINE WINE ORDERING

We have a full selection of Winexpert kits in our NW, NE and Airdrie store.  Our satellite stores have a smaller selection in Cochrane, Drumheller, Olds and Rocky Mountain House.  We would like to offer our complete line-up of wine and beer to our Satellites with on line ordering.

Simply go to our website and choose the kits that you want.  Add each one to your cart and proceed to check out.  You will need to indicate the store that you want to pick up the kits from.  Payment is secure, you may use VISA or MC.  Your kits will be added to the stock going to the satellite store of your choice. You will be contacted when your kits arrive for pick up.  

 

WINES OF ITALY $10 OFF

Viva Vino Italia

It has long been known that Italy produces world class wines, despite often being overshadowed by neighbouring France. After Italy’s World Cup disappointment last week, at least they have some outstanding wines to fill their cups.  Most people have heard of Chianti, Barolo and Barbaresco, but did you know those wines are named after their region and style, not their grape varietals?  Chianti is made from at least 80% Sangiovese, often blended with indigenous Italian grapes which yield a fruity, refreshing yet peppery red. Barolo and Barbaresco are actually both made from the same grape: Nebbiolo. The best way to describe the subtle, but palatable difference between these two wines is to say that Barolo represents the masculine Nebbiolo traits; strong, meaty and full tannins.  The Barbaresco, on the other hand, represents a more delicate, floral feminine side of the grape. We carry all of these kits at The Home Vintner, just ask one of our knowledgeable staff! 

Save $10 from July 1 – July 31, 2014

• Italian Amarone style with skins 
• Italian Brunello style with skins 
• Italian Pinot Grigio 
• Valpolicella style
• Barolo style

 

Introducing a bold, enigmatic blend from Selection

New Enigma from California has intense fruit aromas and notes of black cherry, coffee, chocolate and vanilla.  Full bodied with a smooth, round finish.  It will be similar to the commercial style of wine  called "Apothic Red", which is Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot /‎ Zinfandel.

 

We appreciate your continued support by voting for us each year.  Click here to go to the voting page, scroll down to Shopping and then to Winemaking/Brewing Supplies.  You will be required to vote on five fields so take a moment and support your favourite businesses.  Closing date is July 31, 2014.

WHIP IT, WHIP IT GOOD

To make a properly balanced wine, you need to stir the full 23L volume VIGOROUSLY prior to pitching the yeast.  This is crucial: The concentrates are so viscous that they don’t mix easily with the added water.  Unless the must is well stirred, it will stratify, with the top layer being very dilute (below specific gravity of 1.050) and the bottom layer extremely concentrated (sometime above specific gravity 1.100).  Not only would this throw off any attempt at a specific gravity reading, but the top will ferment rapidly until the yeast is exhausted.  The bottom layer will not ferment at all.  This will leave a weak tasting wine, low in alcohol and high in residual sugar – not a desirable result. 

Suggest you use a Wine Whip with a drill to really beat up the wine at the beginning.  Wait 10 minutes for accurate hydrometer readings. 

 

FROM THE BEER CORNER:

Beer has often been referred to as “liquid bread”.  In the old days, beer was a staple in a family’s diet because it was safer to drink than water.  Beer is made mostly of barley malt.  Malting is a simple process whereby grains are soaked in water and then allowed to sprout, thereby increasing their nutritional content.

As the seedling germinates, it begins to produce B vitamins including folate, B6 (pyridoxine) and B12.  They are also a good source of soluble fibre and antioxidants.

One litre of the highest folate beer, such as a dark or bitter style, contains the same amount of folate as 100 grams of broccoli, 500 grams of tomatoes, 250 grams of potatoes or 1.5 litres of 2% milk.

To your health!

EXPLODING BEER BOTTLES

We just received a phone call, “My beer bottles are exploding on the shelf”!

Simple solution – the beer had not finished fermenting before you bottled.  When the yeast ferments, the natural sugars in the malt create CO2 that is released through the airlock in the primary, which usually takes about a week.  When racked into the carboy, the fermentation continues and the CO2 is released through the airlock.  In this case, the beer was a Belgian Wit with liquid yeast.  This particular add-on pack will take triple the time compared with the instructions for a "straight up" Barons beer kit.  When using liquid yeast always follow the recommended temperature.  At 2 weeks the beer is still actively fermenting and may need another 4 weeks.  In this case, when our client bottled the beer, all the CO2 which was to be released through the airlock was trapped in the bottle along with the CO2 produced with the priming sugar.  Ka-boom!

The solution is to open all the remaining bottles, pour the beer back into the carboy and allow the priming sugar to ferment out over the next month.  When there is no surface activity, add more priming sugar and bottle again.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HOME VINTNER WINE GUILD MEMBERS KEN & DAVE

Ken & Dave both entered the 2014 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition and came away with medals.  Ken was awarded one Gold medal and two Silver medals, and Dave was awarded one Bronze medal.  With 3111 entries representing seven countries, that is some serious competition.

To read our blog that tells a bit more about which Winexpert wines scored 4 or more medals click here....

RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE 2014 WINEMAKER MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR WINE COMPETITION

Twelve different Winexpert  Limited Edition wines made a showing at the International Competition.  Limited Edition kits scored an impressive 36 MEDALS! (7 Gold, 9 Silver, 20 Bronze).  We have always known that the LE wines are fantastic, so it is great to see them so well represented in competition.

 

 

WINE & BEER MAKING CLASSES

Over 20,000 people have attended our wine & beer making courses since 1993.  During July 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.

Classes for June 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. Junes winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Heather Jeffe...

 

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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 Petra Lan... 

 

JOIN US ON TWITTER - MONTHLY DRAW

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 Melissa Faulkner @faulknerm84.

 

 

SPECIAL OFFERS IN JULY

All Island Mist - $4 off

5 Selection Wines of Italy - $10 off
     • Italian Amarone style with skins 
     • Italian Brunello style with skins 
     • Italian Pinot Grigio 
     • Valpolicella style
     • Barolo style

• Remaining Limited Editions - $20 off

World Vineyard Italian Barolo Style - $5 off

World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio - $5 off

Vintners Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - $5 off

Vintners Reserve Sauvignon Blanc - $5 off

• Barons Redwood - $4 off

 

 

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