The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - February2015


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.  

When you pick up your February wine kit talk to the staff about Wyeast liquid yeast options to maximize the quality of your kit.

Click here for LE14 wine & food pairings.


• February Triumph – Washington
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video                                                

We have brought in extra stock of the February Limited Edition for our customers who may have missed the initial release.  We have a few remaining from January, check your local store.


Travelling in Chile recently, I sat down to an amazing craft beer at a lovely cafe in downtown Santiago. The craft beer movement appears to be catching on all over the world, and several new and interesting Chilean craft breweries have popped up in recent years. The beer I had the pleasure of sampling was from Kross brewery which has been around since 2003 and is one of the more established craft breweries in Chile. I tried their Kross 5, a strong amber style ale that was full of caramel, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. One of the creamier amber ales I’ve had the pleasure of drinking, there is something to be said for ageing beers and Kross 5 did not disappoint. Good news for you, you can recreate this or any other beer you run into on your travels - international or the corner pub. If you describe to our amazing staff, they can help find the perfect combination of beer kit, yeast and add on packs for you to create the perfect beer. For something similar to the Kross 5, try our Baron’s Amber ale kit, dry malt, and Denny's Favourite 50 liquid yeast. For a beer this delicious, it’ll be difficult to age it for 5 years!



Inspired by a great pub night - the quest was on for a new recipe. This wheat beer presents as coppery orange with appropriate wheat haze and a persistent silky head. With slight grapefruit on the nose, you definitely taste the beer, transitioning into a tart and acidic grapefruit pop, ending with a slightly sweet finish. The more you sip this beer, the greater the grapefruit builds on the palate. Best enjoyed young!

This Add-Pack is currently available in store. To view this product click here.....



“Corky” describes a musty, mouldy, earthy, or mushroom aroma.

Wines can become corked in three ways. Metabolites from an organism living in the cork are diffused into the wine or secondly, the viable cells of a micro-organism enter the wine, live and die in it, or finally enzymes from these organisms enter the wine and catalyze a  reaction which lends an unpleasant taste to the wine. The chemical compound, 2,4,6-trichloroanisole has been identified as producing corked wines.

About 15% of corks are thought to contain life and anywhere from 0.5 to 6.0 per cent often lead to spoiled wine.

The Home Vintner guarantees our wines 100 per cent with the condition that you must use our excellent quality corks. Our DCK short corks will protect your wine for a year and a half. Our DCK long corks will protect your wine for three years. Our synthetic nomacorcs are designed to protect your wine for three plus years.

We are extending our cork sale into February.....our package of 100 DCK long corks are on sale at 20% off.


Lagering is a secondary fermentation at temperatures as low as 4 degrees C.  It only works with one of the special cultures of lager yeast. At this temperature, lager yeast ferments very slowly, giving a wonderful “cleanness” that allows the full flavour of the malt and hops to come through. The beer also drops most of its suspended particles including the proteins responsible for chill haze. Make sure you have the ability to hold your beer at lagering temperature over an extended time – it can take several weeks, or longer. Be sure to follow the instructions on your liquid yeast package for pitching and temperature ranges.




Cold conditioning is holding finished ale at low temperatures (close to freezing) for several days.

Fermentation activity ceases and the yeast drops out of suspension, leaving a clear beer with a smooth flavour. In effect, it gracefully ages the beer, leaving it much more stable over time.

Both lagering and  cold conditioning are best accomplished in a refrigerator dedicated to beer. External thermostats can easily convert an old refrigerator or chest freezer to a beer cooler. Remember the temperature not only needs to be cold, it must also be steady. Fluctuating temperatures can make the yeast produce off flavours, spoiling the beer. 


One of the great things about The Home Vintner is that the staff are as passionate about the hobby of wine and beer making as you are! Beer is an ever evolving art, driven by trends as much as any other industry. Current emerging market trends are leaning towards a focus on a specific (or single) hop with which the beer is then crafted around. When done well, the result can be a stunning craft quality beer. With this in mind, recipe development is in production for our very own Home Vintner line of Hop Series craft beers! This is just a tease - expect to hear more about the first release in the Hop Series with recipe available in March.



• Gluten Free IPA Beer is now available

• 2 different sized growlers are available for your beer

• Black Rock Cider is now in stock



Introducing a unique and delicious Island Mist flavour that will have you in a vacation state-of-mind with the first sip. New Coconut Yuzu Pinot Gris is flavoured with coconut water and has a tropical splash of Yuzu and hint of lime.

Not familiar with Yuzu? Yuzu [pronounced YOO-zoo] is a Japanese citrus fruit which is about the size of a tangerine. It's being hailed as the next superfruit and is being used to flavour everything from beer to chewing gum. It tastes like a cross between a lemon, mandarin and grapefruit and it's sourness and acidity plays well against the coconut notes and sweetness of Island Mist.

Available early March, contact us to pre-order.


Last year's Limited Release Rosé program was a resounding success. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the quality of the finished wine and countless requests to bring it back. So, Selection Australian Grenache Rosé will be offered a final time, in limited quantity. This encore appearance will be the last, so don't miss out!

Available early March, contact us to pre-order.


One of the true pleasures of the autumn harvest is the availability of pure juice from some of the Okanagan wineries. This is real juice, pure, sterile, not diluted from concentrate, cut with fruit juice, or watered down.

Be aware of cheap imitations. There are a number of products on the market that bill themselves as real juice, when in reality they're nothing more than cut, blended concentrates packaged under a sterile juice label.

Ask yourself – what time of year is it?  This is February, not October, so it's probably a diluted concentrate.   Not a lot of harvesting going on this time of year!

Pure juice is expensive. If it's a bargain, then diluted concentrate is what you bought. You get what you pay for.

The Home Vintner wines have won 658 provincial, national and international awards, and we are set to take more at an international competition this spring.  We do not settle for anything less than the best quality wine kits for our customers.


• PADDOCK WOOD - 909 IPA and Porter.  

We are very excited to have the 909 IPA. This beer is a spin-off from the flagship 606 IPA produced by Paddock Wood. This version is shooting for hoppy and aromatic with citrus nodes from the Cascade hops. With expected IBU's of 40-45 - it definitely rings in as an IPA style.
Another new release this month is a Porter. If you have been thinking of making a darker and more complex beer but don't want to do the steeping required as an add-on, this full wort 23L kit is as easy as it gets, giving you all the depth you hope for. This beer contains chocolate malt, which gives off subtle coffee notes. Please visit our stores to find out more about these great micro brewery beer kits, and for staff suggestions on the best liquid yeasts to pair.


Click here for full details on our special offers...

20% off 100 long natural DCK corks

• Vintners Reserve Valpolicella style & Liebfraumilch style - $5 OFF

• World Vineyard California Trinity Red & California Trinity White  - $5 OFF

 Barons  Brown - $4 OFF  


We went here for a beer and wine making class from a daily deal site, and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the products at this store!  The owner and speaker was entertaining and knowledgable, and provided nice cheese and chocolate pairings. The variety of products is also impressive, including ports and ice wines.

All of the staff at this store are really into making these kits, and win lots of brewing/winemaking awards.  So, in addition to having all of the paraphernalia, the Home Vintner also has the expertise you can call on so you don't end up with 5 gallons of plonk. The kits here aren't the cheapest by any means...they concentrate on sourcing quality must and wort.  To me this makes sense, since who really wants to master the art of making $6 bottles of wine that taste like $10 bottles of wine?  The wines here tasted more like they are in the $30-40 dollar range, but will probably cost you a quarter that.

Thanks so much for your great review Paul G.  Click here for more from Yelp...


Over 20,000 people have attended our wine and beer making courses since 1993. We are offering 2 for 1 in February! $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 January are now posted - click here to go to our event calendar... 


To enter, become a friend of The Home Vintner on Facebook. This months winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Lynda Lesl...


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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 Bob Mos... from our Airdrie store.



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