The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - June 2015
 

• Chocolate Salted Caramel Dessert Wine

• Chocolate Orange Dessert Wine

• Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Wine

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

Our Chocolate dessert wines are fabulous for seasonal entertaining.  These wines will echo the characteristics of your desserts.  Imagine a Black Forest cake , a chocolate truffle cake with raspberry sauce, or how about some high quality dark chocolate with orange or cherry filling, or simply chocolate covered raisins?

Rule number 1 :  Dessert wines should be at least as sweet , if not a touch sweeter, than the dessert you are serving it with. Otherwise, they may not pair well.

These wines are perfect to enjoy with your family and friends!

 

 

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

Arriving the first part of June.

SELECTION ITALIAN ON SALE IN JUNE - $10 OFF

Keeping with summer tradition is the blockbuster movie. To play on this, The Home Vintner is launching its own summer blockbuster – a series of tongue-in cheek promotions designed to increase your wine cellar! For the next three months we will feature wines at $10 off the regular price. The featured wines will be synonymous with three blockbusters: Goodfellas, The Incredibles and Pulp Fiction.

June 6th: Goodfellas – featuring the “Best Italians”. Save $10 on Selection Italian Pinot Grigio, Selection Valpolicella, Selection Nebbiolo, Selection Sangiovese and Selection Italian Montepulciano.

 

 

AGLC ANNOUNCED INCREASES IN THEIR MARK-UP RATE SCHEDULE MARCH 27, 2015

One of the last taxes to be raised by the PCs was the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission (ALGC) mark-up rate on wine & beer.

ABOUT WINE: When you purchase a 750ml bottle of wine from a liquor store in Alberta, you pay two taxes:

• AGLC mark-up rate for 750 ml wine under 16% alcohol was $2.59, now it is $2.75 a bottle.

• GST on the entire purchase including GST on the AGLC tax.  So you are paying tax on a tax!

No tax is payable on homemade wine kits. Do the math $2.75 ALGC plus GST a bottle = $2.89, our wine kits produce 28 bottles, so the tax you don’t pay is $80.92. Many of our wine kits cost less than the tax you don’t pay.

ABOUT BEER:

• The AGLC standard mark-up rate for beer was $.98 per litre plus GST. Since March 2015 it is now $1.20 per litre plus GST.  Our beer kits produce 23 litres, so the tax you don’t pay is $1.20 AGLC plus GST = $1.26 x 23 litres = $28.98.  Once again you can buy a whole beer kit for close to the tax you don’t pay.

It's a great time to get ahead for the summer tax free.

click here to view the AGLC Mark-up Schedule effective March 27, 2015...

 

DE-GASSING MACHINES

One of the problems in Calgary and areas at high altitude is the difficulty in removing the C02 gas from the wine after fermentation ceases.

We dissuade our customers from beating the gas out of the wine with attachments connected to a drill, as after a number of days with this abuse to the wine, it can make the wine taste "tired" including the loss of  fruit forwardness.  Most of our customers use a Vacuvin to remove the C02 without oxygenating the wine.

The rental of our Home Vintner degassers is a speedier process to remove the C02 gas.   These are exclusive to The Home Vintner and rental is for our customers ONLY.

BEER CORNER - NEW THIS MONTH

Amarillo hops! Available in 45 gram packets, Amarillo are medium strength, spicy and flowery with a distinctive orange bouquet.  Great for both bittering and aroma, these versatile hops may be used with anything from an American wheat beer to a red ale.  They are so special that the plants are patented. They are only grown by one farm in Washington state.  

And no, they were not named after a city in Texas!  Amarillo (pronounced Ah-mah-REE-oh) is the Spanish word for "yellow", the predominant colour of the lupulin in Amarillo hops.

 

BEER ADD-ON PACKS EXCLUSIVE TO THE HOME VINTNER

Add packs, recipes, and yeast add 21,500 options to craft beer making choices exclusive at The Home Vintner. With over 23 years experience of crafting great brews, and with the help of some of the top people in the industry, these add-ons to our Barons kits allows us to craft an amazing array of award winning beers. No other store in Canada has developed these add-on options. 

Here's a short list of examples : Citra Pale Ale / Saaz Pilsner / Tartan Ale / Belgian Wit / Stout / Innis & Gunn IPA / Hemp Nut Brown / Chocolate Redwood. If you find a beer that you really love, chances are, we either have it, or can create a version.   Please let us know. 

FROM OUR SATELLITES DURING JUNE

Bergeron Cheese Shoppe, Cochrane - Lotbiniere cheese is recommended to go with White Zinfandel, the Vintners Reserve on sale this month. This cheese has a slight sweetness that will complement the flavours of this light, summery wine.   

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 per cent discount to all students who are attending the Brewmaster course at the Olds College.

From Vine to Cork, Rocky Mountain House - our Wine & Beer Making class for June is on Saturday the 20th . 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. Classes will resume in September.

 

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 

SPECIAL OFFERS IN JUNE

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

• Vintners Reserve White Zinfandel - $5 Off

A slightly sweet, light summer wine with subtle raspberry flavours.

• Vintners Reserve Riesling - $5 Off

Citrus and crisp, Riesling also has notes of apple and peach in the background.

• World Vineyard German Muller-Thurgau - $5 Off

Floral and faintly spicy is the best way to describe this wine.

• World Vineyard Chilean Merlot - $5 Off

A juicy red with predominant blackcurrant flavour.

• Barons Dutch Lager  - $4 OFF

A straight up favourite Barons beer kit.  Excellent on its own, but for an extra boost of aroma, may we suggest dry hopping with an extra 45 grams of Hallertau.  Next, get it brewing with Wyeast Kolsch liquid yeast.  When it's time to bottle, use extra pale dry malt to carbonate.  With these additions, you'll get an amazing combination of hop flavour balanced beautifully with a creamy finish from the malt.

WINE & BEER MAKING CLASSES

Over 20,000 people have attended our wine and beer making courses since 1993. Join us as we guide 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... 

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 Amy Simps...

 

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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 Don Brin...Drumheller store.

 

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 Tyler Linton @FordFan34

 

  

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