The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - July 2015
 

6 SELECTION ON SALE IN JULY - $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 two months we will feature wines at $10 off the regular price. The featured wines will be synonymous with two blockbusters: The Incredibles and Pulp Fiction.

THE INCREDIBLES Featuring an incredible lineup. Save 10% from July 1 – July 31:

• Selection Australian Shiraz
• Selection Australian Traminer Riesling
• Selection Australian Chardonnay
• Selection Luna Rossa  
• Selection Chilean Merlot
• Selection Chilean Sauvignon Blanc

NEW ECLIPSE PRODUCT - FORZA

Deep ruby colour with aromas of plum, smoke and spice. Rich flavours of dark fruit, chocolate, and cedar with lingering oak and a firm, long finish.

Great News, we have a Limited Release Eclipse style kit being released mid July. The kit will be called “Forza” (meaning strength in Italian) and will be an “Amarone Style” kit featuring Corvina, Sangiovese, and Barbera juice along with grape skins for added depth. This is a rare treat for the wine makers who like a big bold red wine and we expect this kit to be our top seller in Eclipse for a short time. 

Limited supply, please pre-order to reserve your Forza.

Click here for more information...

APPLE CIDER IS NOW IN STOCK 

The Chinese wrote a book on orcharding 3,000 years ago, but the Romans perfected the right apples for cider.

Tips on your Cider making:

Cider does not like exposure to oxygen, so care should be taken to minimize contact with the air while fermenting. Use a Home Vintner primary with airtight seal and a bung and airlock, and be sure to keep your carboys topped up.

When racking, don't splash the cider down the side of the carboy and bottle as soon as possible.

Using 2 cans of Cider will produce much more flavourful results, and sparkling cider will have a sharper taste than a still one.

FERMENTING IN THE SUMMER

When making wine or beer in the summer, you must avoid large temperature fluctuations while fermenting. Drastic temperature changes can impart off-flavours to your wine or beer. Moderate temperature changes are not a problem, but don't be tempted to ferment in the garage over the summer! Wrapping a blanket around your carboy can keep the temperature more stable. If you are fermenting in a hot apartment, the wet T-shirt method works well.  A carboy in a tray of water with a wet cotton T-shirt over it will keep things cool and steady.

Every fall, we have a lot of wine and beer makers panicking because they've depleted their cellars much faster than expected due to entertaining over the summer.

Think ahead, and don't be caught with an empty cellar!

CELEBRATING THE HOME VINTNER WINE GUILD COMPETITION WINNERS!

Hearty congratulations to the four members of our Wine Guild who won medals at this prestigious international competition. This year there were 2825 total entries judged covering 10 countries, 49 American states and 6 Canadian provinces.

 •  KEN GIBSON - 1 Gold, 4 Bronze    
 •  KELLIE BABIN - 1 Gold, 2 Bronze
 •  KELLY MACKAY - 1 Gold, 1 Bronze      
 •  DAVE BRACEY - 2 Bronze

The Home Vintner Wine Guild now has a total of 670 awards using our wine and beer kits.  We are always eager to share our knowledge on how to get the most out of your hobby. Set your standards high with The Home Vintner.

To see the full results click here - WineMaker Magazine website and click to download results.  

PILSNER STYLE BEERS

Pilsner style beers originate in the Plzeƈ or Pilsen region of Czech Republic. Mozart spent his summers in Prague, presumably drinking Pilsner beer, and composing great symphonies.

This is an excellent summer beer on its own, but we can take this beer in many different directions with our add-on packages. The addition of extra Saaz hops to the primary gives it a more distinct aroma. We also have a special add-pack with malt and 2-stage hops to really increase the complexity. Don't forget that 70% of beer's extra flavour comes from the yeast, hence we carry special liquid Pilsner yeast.

"Na zdravi!"

FROM OUR SATELLITES DURING JULY

Bergeron Cheese Shoppe, Cochrane - July brings picnic season! We are offering 10% off two styles of cheese this month.  

• "La Patte Blanche" is a mildly sweet goat milk gouda from Quebec. (This will pair especially well with a Shiraz, but also with many others)

• "Le Roitelet" is a French double cream brie. (This will pair well with both white and red, it's pretty much great with anything!)

Both will be a hit at your picnic table or backyard BBQ!

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 - Again this year, owners Wende and Ole are volunteers with the Rocky Mountain House Airshow on July 22. We would like to commend them on their hard work to make it all happen.

500 ML MICROBREWERY STYLE BEERS AT 41¢ EACH

A whole new generation is discovering homemade microbrewery style beer. Not only is the quality superb but the cost savings is significant. Beer add-on packs are exclusive to The Home Vintner, talk to the staff to determine how to make your favorites.

The Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission (ALGC) standard mark-up rate for beer was $.98 per litre plus GST on the Provincial tax. Since March 2015 it is now $1.20 per litre plus GST. Our beer kits produce 22 litres after you rack off the sediment, so the tax you don’t pay is $1.20 ALGC plus GST = $1.26 x 22 litres = $27.72. 

As you may know there is no tax on a beer kit, so do the math, Amber is on sale during July $49.95 - $4.00 = $45.95. Our most popular glass beer bottle is the 500 ml. So $45.95 minus the $27.72 tax you don’t pay = $18.23. The kit will produce 44 - 500 ml bottles at 41¢ a bottle.

(Bottles and caps are not included in this calculation as most clients already have them)

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

16 ISLAND MIST ON SALE IN JULY - $5 Off

Island Mist is a delicious alternative to everyday wines and wine coolers. Combining the crisp freshness of distinctive varietal wines with full fruit flavours, this unique kit makes a fun, refreshing wine-based beverage to enjoy anytime.

These Fruit Wine Kits are a perfect marriage. The clean, crispness of a fine wine plus the luscious refreshment of juicy orchard fresh fruit which produce a light alcohol (6.5%) drink that is lighter and fruitier than table wines. Deliciously walking the edge between coolers and table wine, this truly luscious fruit wine satisfies in every way! Simple, succulent, satisfying, it's all yours in a variety of tongue teasing flavors.

SPECIAL OFFERS IN JULY

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

• 6 Australian Selection (mentioned above) - $10 Off

• Vintners Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon- $5 Off
Deep ruby, with black currant and cedar on the nose.

• Vintners Reserve Sauvignon Blanc- $5 Off
The flavour is full and dry, with a fruity, herbaceous character, which finishes crisp and clean. A versatile wine which handles a wide range of herbs, spices and flavourings.

• World Vineyard Italian Nebbiolo- $5 Off
Medium in body with a luminous dark cherry colour our Barolo has rich, spicy fruit and delivers the true character of the grape and land. 

• World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio - $5 Off
This wine has a clear, straw yellow color, with light golden reflections. With tropical fruit notes that make this unique vintage truly exotic, with apple and pineapple aromas and flavors.

• Barons Amber Ale- $4 OFF

Our Scottish Tartan add package will give this beer the smoky, peaty characteristics of the classic Scottish Highland style of beers. Our Amber Ale can also be the base for our add package for Any Season Apricot Wiezen, and our Scotch soaked IPA.

Start now for your Amber Winter Spice Seasonal beer! Recipe available.

Priming with dry malt and a Liquid Yeast will produce a very creamy head to our Amber Ale.

 

CLIENT REFERRAL PROGRAM

We truly appreciate you referring The Home Vintner to your family and friends. When the new vintner or brewer makes their first kit purchase, you both will receive 10% off the regular price of any wine or beer kit.

 

 

 

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 TR Rick... NE customer.

 

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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 Rob Mo.... from the NW 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 Doctor Dave @dave209april

 

  

CANADA DAY HOURS

Wednesday July 1st NW store open 12:00 - 4:00
NE & Airdrie closed

STAMPEDE HOURS 

NW Store
Friday July 3 Stampede Parade noon-5
Saturday July 4 10-5
Sunday July 5 noon-4
July 6-11 10-5
Sunday July 12 noon-4

NE Store
Friday July 3 Stampede Parade noon-4
Saturday July 4 10-430
Sunday July 5 noon - 4
July 6-11 11-5
Sunday July 12 noon-4

Airdrie - closed Sundays for July and August
Friday July 3 Stampede Parade noon-5
Saturday July 4 11-5
Sunday July 5 closed
July 6-11 11-5
Sunday July 12 closed

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