The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - November 2014

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Winexpert Limited Edition releases. The biggest and best one of a kind wine-kit program in the industry, and an enormous triumph.  

In honour of this occasion, four spectacular wines are making their return. These are the wines consumers have raved about, and begged to be brought back.

We have also developed a special 25th Anniversary Yakima Bordeaux style blend, aptly named Triumph. This blockbuster wine was created to celebrate the achievement which defines this limited edition program.

 Click here for the order form.  Deadline for pre-orders & pre-payment is December 5th,

Click here to see the introduction video

                                                              Regular price     pre-order price     pre-pay price (-5%)

• January Riesling – Germany                    $146.00           $136.00              $129.20
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video

• January Shiraz Viognier – Australia         $151.00           $141.00              $133.95
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video

• February Triumph – Washington              $151.00           $141.00              $133.95
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video

• March Trio Blanco – California                 $146.00           $136.00              $129.20
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video

• April Super Tuscan – Italy (with skins)     $165.00            $155.00             $147.25
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video

Click here to see the ending video


There is something in the way the subtle flavours and balance of wine really come alive when paired with its food counterpart.  It's something we like to call the ‘wow factor’. Interested in discovering this for yourself?  You’re in luck! We are hosting a series of wine & food pairing evenings  November 6, November 27, and December 4 where you can experience what a difference the right dish can make. Here, not only will we be showcasing commercial examples of our upcoming special edition wines, but you will be trying them with perfectly paired food.

Wine and food have gone hand in hand since around 6000 BC when people first started fermenting grapes. It’s interesting to look at cultures with a long history of grape growing and to see how their cuisine and wine mesh together perfectly, as if both food and wine were specifically designed with the other in mind.

Take Bordeaux in France for example, Bordeaux is often described as a ‘food wine’ but what does this mean? Having a glass of Bordeaux on its own, while certainly enjoyable, isn’t nearly as mind blowing as pairing with with duck or lamb traditionally grown in Bordeaux, or with a rich creamy mushroom truffle sauce which the region is also known for. 

Paul has been hard at work consulting with the Home Vintner Chefs, and we are very excited to share this event with you. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot soon! Tickets are $10 per person, and the event starts at 7pm at the Highwood Community hall, 16 Harlow Ave NW.

Turn North from 40th Ave NW (half way between 4th street and Northmount Drive) onto Hudson Rd NW.  The hall is 4 blocks north on the NW corner of Harlow and Hudson.  Behind Colonel Irvine School.

Call (403) 284-0486, email us at or drop in to any of our stores to reserve your seat.


Did you know that homemade wine kits can age on par or even above commercial brands? If you start with a high quality kit, such as our Limited Editions, you can age it just as long as a high end commercial equivalent and reap the benefits.

For example, last night I opened a bottle of the 2003 Sicilian Primitivo Limited Edition.  It has aged beautifully! Primitivo is a dark-skinned grape that produces inky, tannic wines that are generally high in alcohol, deep in colour and intense in flavour. Primitivos should have mouth puckering tannins and a certain bitterness. Therefore, they should be aged as well as decanted.   Decanting wine is a good idea for any "big" red with heavy tannins, as well as aged wine (like the '03 Limited Edition Primitivo!).

Decanting is a good way to eliminate unpleasant solids in your glass, as aged wine can often produce sediment.   Decanting also helps the wine to open up and reveal its complexities. The 2014 Limited edition kits are ready to order now. Ask us about which wines have the best potential for ageing.  

Want to try before you buy? We have several upcoming events where you can taste the commercial equivalents of our 2014 Limited Edition kits that we are pairing with corresponding food samples.


The autumn limited run of Paddock Wood beer kits are now in stock.  Direct from Saskatchewan's first microbrewery, you can make perfectly engineered craft beer at home.

Craft beer breaks all the traditional rules, as Paddock Wood say themselves "There are so many stereotypes surrounding beer... it's a man's drink... it's only good in the summer to quench your thirst... taste doesn't really matter." But, stereotypes don't apply to craft beer at all. There are so many distinctive flavours, you really need to taste them.  You will be pleasantly surprised.  SO what are you waiting for? Be adventurous!

Now in stock in the 23 litre kit:

• American Red Ale
• Cream Ale
• Kolsch Ale
• Pale Ale
• Spitfire English Ale


To get the best out of our quality kits, it is extremely important to get the C02 gas out of your wine.  The by-products of fermentation are  C02 gas and alcohol. At the higher altitudes of Alberta, it is more difficult to remove C02 from your wine than the directions would have you believe. Yes, stirring will agitate the gas out over time. However, we do not recommend drill attachments as after prolonged use the wine can taste tired and lose its character from over exposure to oxygen.  Not removing the C02 will leave the wine with a sharp edge and off odour.

We strongly recommend using a vacuum system, either a Vacuvin pump, or you can rent our Home Vintner degasser.

Our rental units are available exclusively for our customers.   Please phone to reserve.

click here to watch a short demo...









We recommend our new Selection Enigma Wine Making Kit - The zing of Zinfandel, dark fruit of Syrah, bold flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon and suave sophistication of Merlot. Intense fruit aromas and notes of black cherry, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Full bodied with a smooth, round finish. Food friendly, this wine pairs well with everything from pizza to pasta and is a great match for meats like ribs or chicken with sweet and sticky marinade.

Sweetness: OFF-DRY | Body: FULL | Oak Intensity: NONE


We have just received the last of the last of this years Ports, we have a small number of Blackberry and Chocolate Raspberry Port.  


Over 20,000 people have attended our wine and beer making courses since 1993. During November 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 October are now posted - click here to go to our event calendar... 


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• Vintners Reserve Merlot and Gewürztraminer - $5 OFF

• World Vineyard Italian Sangiovese and French Sauvignon Blanc - $5 OFF

Barons Canadian Pilsner - $4 OFF 

This beer is a classic on its own, but by adding our extra Czech Saaz hop package, now it is in the style of a Prague Pilsner. Or try our Black Pilsner add-on for a typical German style Pilsner.
By adding one of our liquid yeasts, such as a Pilsen Lager or a Czech Pils is a perfect choice to add even more dimension to your beer.

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