The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - May 2015

The Fall Limited Release Dessert Wine program is on its way. This fall, we are pleased to offer three flavours: Chocolate RaspberryChocolate Orange and brand new Chocolate Salted Caramel.

read more on our home page...

Socrates, Shakespeare, Napoleon, Catherine the Great, Queen Isabella, and Casanova all were great lovers of chocolate, for the Aztecs, chocolate was a gift from the gods.  Throughout history, chocolate has been consumed as a medicine, aphrodisiac, status symbol, and to be closer to the deities.

Chocolate has over 400 distinctive flavour compounds, and a long list of natural chemicals that release endorphins. It can also affect brain chemistry to produce similar feelings experienced when a person falls in love. The rumoured health benefits of chocolate are numerous, from lowering cholesterol, improving digestion and boosting cognitive abilities.

You can experience the "WOW factor" when you pair any of our chocolate ports with your desserts, or simply by choosing the right bon bon to surge your taste buds.

PLEASE PRE-ORDER, as these are always in great demand and short supply!  Pre-orders must be submitted before June 8th


The Home Vintner has committed to as many of these wines as we can get our hands on! Every few years a wine will come through our Limited Edition series that is a "must have" in your wine cellar. This is one of those wines.  We only have a limited number available, so please let us know as soon as possible.

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

Click here for LE14 wine & food pairings.

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


Light and refreshing on the palate with flavours of fresh strawberry, raspberry & cherry. Pink Moscato pairs great with fruit kabobs, spicy dishes, Chinese takeout and sweet desserts.

This product will sell out fast.  We recommend that you PRE-ORDER PRIOR TO MAY 31st when it will be available.


We truly appreciate you referring The Home Vintner to your family and friends. When a new vintner or brewer makes their first kit purchase, you both will receive 10% off the regular price of any kit. Referral forms are available in our stores. 




Bergeron Cheese Shoppe, Cochrane - Patte Blanche goat cheese on sale during May, perfect with this months sale wine California Pinot Noir. 

Water Pure and Simple, Drumheller - free jug of water with the purchase of any wine kit ($10 refundable deposit required).

Olds Droplets Water Company, Olds - offers a 10% discount to all students who are attending the Brew Master course at the Olds College.

From Vine to Cork, Rocky Mountain House - our Wine & Beer Making class for May is on Saturday May 30th at 1 p.m. Please call or drop in to register for free. Private evening classes are offered by appointment only – please call to register – a $25.00 fee will be charged which will be applied to the purchase of your first wine or beer kit.


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 super fruit and is being used to flavour everything from beer to chewing gum. It tastes like a cross between a lemon, mandarin and grapefruit and its sourness and acidity plays well against the coconut notes and sweetness of Island Mist.

 • click here to see a one page PDF


Popsicles aren’t just for kids. Cool down and enjoy this adult twist on a hot summer day, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. This month's sale wine, World Vineyard Washington Riesling, is an ideal choice to make this summer treat. You need the right amount of fruit forwardness in the wine in order to balance out the cold temperature.

Recipe available in our stores.


Seventy percent of the extra flavours in your beer come from the yeast. You will notice a distinct difference  by using an Irish Ale yeast with our Stout recipe  or the Kolsch yeast with our Dutch Lager. Our Belgian Wit recipe just would not be the same without a true Belgian Wit yeast.

That is why The Home Vintner carries a wide selection of liquid yeast to choose from to achieve the most from your craft beers. Now available just in time for spring.


This recipe is pretty basic...Beer + Ice Cream (Blender is optional) = Beer Float.




Priming with dry malt takes longer to carbonate, but will produce a more creamy, dense head. Honey will give beer its distinct flavour. Molasses lends itself to our Porter and Stout recipes. Try priming with brown sugar.  What could be more Canadian than priming your beer with Maple Syrup?

Contact our stores for the right amount to use and  the style of beer to match these with.



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

• Vintners Reserve Merlot and Chardonnay - $5 Off

• World Vineyard California Pinot Noir and Washington Riesling - $5 Off


•  Barons Mexican Cerveza - $4 OFF

A personal favourite, and recommendation for those who want a great summer beer is the Mexican Cerveza - nothing quenches better than this – light and easygoing. Fresh, bright, light bodied, clean flavour - great on the patio and beach. Comparable to a Pacifico.

How about a lime, raspberry, blueberry or mango Cerveza?  Recipes are in our stores now.

You can create a wonderful Belgian Wit using Mexican Cerveza as the background.  A light, refreshing beer with a clean crisp profile. As with most wheat beers, the relatively high protein content leads to haze, giving the beer a light golden colour. With light body, slight sweetness and a zesty orange-fruity finish. Coriander, orange peel and our special Wyeast Belgian Wit yeast produces the complexity and depth of fruity flavours contained within the glass.

For Belgian Wit use 3944 Wyeast Belgian Witbier yeast, and our add on pack of cracked wheat, coriander and orange peel.

Watch Ron as he makes a Belgian Wit, click here to watch the process...


Over 20,000 people have attended our wine and beer making courses since 1993. Join us as we walk you through the steps. $25 per person.

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

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


To enter, become a friend of The Home Vintner on Facebook. This month's winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Paula Eva... - Cochrane.


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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 Dennis Myrt...



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Monthly prize winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Kevin Kiejko@KevinKiejko




Saturday May 16 

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Sunday May 17 

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Victoria Day Monday May 18

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