NE STORE IS MOVING
Thank you! Your continued support of The Home Vintner has helped us grow ever since we opened our first store in 1993. In order to serve you even better, we invite our Calgary customers to visit us at our NW location at 14th St and John Laurie Blvd. (across from Nose Hill Park and the Calgary Winter Club)
For those of you who are unable to come to this store we will arrange to deliver any sales over $300 directly to your home or office (some restrictions will apply).
We look forward to offering you the same friendly service you have come to rely on.
OUR SPECIAL PORT WILL BE ARRIVING THE FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER
Thank you to all of you who pre-ordered Chocolate Orange, Chocolate Raspberry and Chocolate Salted Caramel Dessert Wine.
We are expecting arrival the first week of September. Before you stop into the store please phone beforehand to ensure that we have received your kit.
If you did not get a chance to pre-order, we will have a limited amount of extra kits in the store!
FREE DELIVERY DURING SEPTEMBER
The Home Vintner is offering a special service to our customers during the month of September. To make it easier for you to keep making wine and beer during this busy time, we will deliver free to our customers in the city of Calgary (excluding the downtown core) on any orders of $300 or more.
Order by phone to receive the same personal guidance you would receive in person, email us or use our on-line ordering system. Delivery arrangements will be made after the receipt of your order.
HUGE SELECTION OF KITS ON SALE IN SEPTEMBER
This is a perfect time to start as many as you can. World Vineyard and Vintners Reserves will be ready to drink at the beginning of winter. We want to help you get ready for cooler times ahead. And, as you know, they will be here before you know it!
• Selection Italian Pinot Grigio - $10 off
Spicy, citrus and almond
• Selection Italian Montepulciano - $10 off
Rich red wine, blackberry and black pepper
• Selection Nebbiolo - $10 off
Tar and roses, truffle and licorice
• Selection Sangiovese - $10 off
Cherry and plum, herby and savory
• Selection Valpolicella Style - $10 off
Red berries with a hint of oak
• World Vineyard California Zinfandel / Shiraz - $5 off
full and jammy with raspberries, figs, black cherries and chocolate
• World Vineyard French Sauvignon Blanc - $5 off
dry and grassy with notes of grapefruit, apple and melon
• Vintners Reserve Mezza Luna Red - $5 off
full body with cherry, raspberry and oak
• Vintners Reserve Mezza Luna White - $5 off
rich and full with big fruit flavours and aromas
• Barons Mexican Cerveza - $4 off
Click here for full details on our special offers...
BARONS MEXICAN CERVEZA - $4.00 OFF
This versatile beer is an ideal base for our classic Belgian Wit add on pack, and for our latest addition, a Lemon Citra Cerveza. Kudos to Airdrie customer, David C for inventing this refreshing version of a Barons beer. Thank you David!
Lime, Raspberry or Blueberry Cerveza are other options, as well as a Grapefruit Wheat beer or Ginger Beer.
An excellent choice for autumn is Roasted Pumpkin Cerveza, aka "Thanksgiving in a Glass". All add packs and recipes are available at The Home Vintner.
HOPS & BEER
Hops were introduced to beer in the 15th century as a preservative and flavouring agent. Extra hops can add more dimension to your beer:
- a bittering characteristic or
- a distinctive flavour or
• Hallertau – used in lager, pilsner and wheat beers
• Cascade – American ales, IPA or Porter
• Saaz – Pilsner, Lager or Lambic
• Fuggle – English beers and American ales
• Amarillo – American and Belgian Ales, single and double IPAs
• Citra – Pale Ales, single and double IPA's
• Golding – English and European Ales
Ask the staff for more information.
ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO RED WINE
Some people think they are allergic to sulphites. The fact is, sulphite allergies are very rare. It's more likely that they're having a histamine reaction. What most people describe as a sulphite headache is a reaction to compounds found in wine known as bioamines. An example of a bioamine is malolactic fermentation.
Some commercial wineries add malolactic bioamines before the end of alcohol fermentation in order to get the wine on the market sooner. The Home Vintner wine kits are not processed in this way, therefore do not provoke allergic reactions.
STORING YOUR WINE
Drastic changes in temperature will rapidly ruin bottled wine. Ideal conditions for storage are a steady 7 to 13 degrees C. Although maturation is slower, more complexity will develop. Stored at 20 degrees, wine will mature much faster. No matter what, always keep your wine away from direct light, as ultraviolet rays are particularly harmful.
Some degree of humidity is beneficial for long term storage. Beware of air conditioners, as they actually suck moisture out of the air. Ideal humidity is between 60 - 75%, any higher than that and you could be dealing with a mould problem.
Frequent movement or vibration is another thing that is bad for wine. To ensure secure storage you must keep bottles on their sides to prevent the cork from drying out.
NOTES ON AGEING
Most red wines, when young, have obvious fruity aromas and some degree of astringency or "bite". With age, they will develop softer, gentler, more complex aromas and flavours. They become richer as the fruit mellows and the astringency of the tannins relax, giving the finished wine its body and character.
Many white wines also benefit with age. High acid levels will soften over time, uncovering wonderful textures and flavours. Ageing your wine in an environment which helps preserve its finer qualities will pay big dividends, ensuring you have excellent wine to enjoy with friends and family this winter.
HO HO HOME VINTNER
For our Island Mist lovers we are offering two Limited Edition Christmas kits. These will be available this fall - pre-order by contacting your local store. We will contact you when the first shipments arrive and you will be serving by Christmas.
Naughty Mist: Fruit forward red with a “naughty” side. Aromas of spiced orange and brown sugar with notes of cinnamon and ginger for a lingering finish with a kick.
Nice Mist: Crisp Pinot Grigio with notes of fresh green apple, festive white cranberries and a round finish. This wine definitely makes the nice list.
In the previous newsletter I told you that I'd finally become motivated because, in the middle of June, I had run out of wine. I knew I had to get down to business so I started ten kits all at once. Seven days later I racked all of them into glass Italian carboys. At a constant 23 degrees C after four weeks, every one of them were below the specific gravity with no surface activity.
I stabilised all and started degassing them using The Home Vintner electric degassing system. Two weeks later I racked off the sediment. I waited another two weeks and racked off the sediment again. After a few weeks I checked the clarity by using a light on the opposite side of the carboy. At the stage some filter to polish their wine others bottle. The following weekend I spent filtering. I bottled a few, but the rest I left to bulk age for several months.
If you don’t filter your wine, simply rack off the sediment bed, let it sit for a week or two and then bottle or bulk age.
Sometimes customers return a filter telling us it ran for 6 hours and the wine just trickled through. Often when we examine the filter after use it is obvious that too much yeast sediment was sucked up and plugged the filter. If you follow my steps you will have total success. I use the natural long corks which require the bottles to stand upright for 3 days before putting them on their sides.
During the filtering process I began degassing my next seven kits which were recently stabilized. These are all reds so I will allow twice the time at each step before filtering.
Ronnie from the NW store, previous Alberta Wine Maker of the Year
FROM OUR SATELLITES DURING SEPTEMBER
Bergeron Cheese Shoppe, Cochrane - On sale with any kit purchase - Comte is a world renowned cheese from the mountainous region of eastern France. This firm ripened cheese has a sweet and nutty aroma and distinct flavour, and pairs wonderfully with a full-bodied red wine.
Water Pure and Simple, Drumheller - free jug of water with the purchase of any wine kit ($10 refundable deposit required).
Droplets Water Company, Olds - offers a 10% discount to all students who are attending the Brewmaster course at the Olds College.
From Vine to Cork, Rocky Mountain House - we have moved across the street to 5016 50 Ave. Rocky Mountain House T42 1A4.
WINE & BEER MAKING PRESENTATIONS
Over 20,000 people have been to 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.
Dates are now posted - click here to go to our event calendar...
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MONTHLY STORE DRAW
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Monthly prize winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Krista Miller
LABOUR DAY WEEKEND HOURS
Saturday September 5 10-6
Sunday September 6 noon - 4
Monday September 7 closed
Saturday September 5 10-4:30
Sunday September 6 noon - 4
Monday September 7 closed
After Labour Day, the Airdrie store will once again be open Sundays noon-4 pm
Saturday September 5 noon - 4
Sunday September 6 closed
Monday September 7 closed