The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - January 2016


This year, Winexpert™ has sourced superior quality juice from Italy, California and Australia to bring you five impressive wines that will be a welcome addition to your cellar. Featuring unique blends and sought after varietals, the LE15 collection offers something for every palate.

January's Limited Editions are now arriving during the next 3 weeks. If you pre-ordered or pre-paid please phone and let us know your desired pick-up date. Extras of these stunning wines are available in store, limited quantities.

• Click here to see the introduction video     

• January – Barbera                                            
     Piedmont, Italy               

     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video


• January – Pinot Grigio Verduzzo                     
     Veneto, Italy

     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video




PORTLAND, Ore.  — The Huffington Post on Friday reported on a new study out of The University of Alberta that shows that drinking a glass of red wine may have the same effect on the body as an hour at the gym.

A component in the wine, resveratrol, was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength similar to the affect exercise has on the body.

Principal investigator Jason Dyck says, “I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do,”

“It is very satisfying to progress from basic research in a lab to testing in people, in a short period of time,” Dyck said.


We all have our favorite body strength in red wine, mine changes every day. Our Little Black Book of Wine available in all our stores has a special legend at the back that tells you the style, body, oak type if included and the sweetness of each kit.

Some like a rich body and deep concentration, others enjoy a more moderate red with lots of red berry fruit intermixed with other herbaceous and/or spicy notes with a leaner body with a refreshing finish.

The first cardinal rule is to not serve delicate reds at room temperature. It is important to serve these wines around 12° to 16°C (55° to 60° F) to help show their pretty aromatics. This can be achieved by simply popping the bottle in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.

|Some examples of our wine offerings in this style are:

• Selection Valpolicella Style
• Selection California White Merlot
• Vintner’s Reserve Bergamis
• Vintner’s Reserve Blush
• Vintner’s Reserve Sangiovese
• Vintner’s Reserve Coastal Red
• Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir
• Vintner’s Reserve Valpolicella Style


Comment from a client: I just tasted my 3 year old raspberry chocolate port! It is soooooo good I am glad I waited that long, it was difficult to wait, but the result is delicious! Chocolate, tart and sweet all at the same time a great dessert on its own, no pie or ice cream needed.





When choosing a wine kit consider which commercial wines you have enjoyed in the past. Also of all the wine kits that you have made which one was the best? Now experiment, here is a list of Winexpert's top 10. Just by the way #3 Eclipse Forza (a blend of Corvina, Sangiovese and Barbera) is a limited release into the Eclipse lineup.

1. World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio
2. Selection Italian Pinot Grigio
3. Eclipse Forza
4. Selection Traminer Riesling
5. Vintners Reserve Merlot
6. Selection Australian Shiraz
7. Selection Australian Chardonnay
8. Eclipse Lodi Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon
9. Vintners Reserve Liebfraumulch
10. Eclipse Napa Valley Stag’s Leap Merlot

Oli's Wee Piggy - NEW BEER RECIPE

Congratulations to Oli from Airdrie for inspiring a new beer recipe which will be available in the New Year. Oli wanted a riff from his favorite pub beer, and developed a very nice American style IPA. This Wee Piggy has lots of citrus hop aroma and flavour, moderate bitterness and some smooth caramel. With powerful head and subtle sweetness, this beer is a winner. Looking forward to seeing Oli soon for a free beer kit from the Vintner as a thank you!




We truly appreciate you referring The Home Vintner to your family and friends. The majority of our new clients come in the door through personal referral.  Our Client Referral Program works like this - when the new vintner or brewer makes their first kit purchase, you both will receive 10% off the regular price of any Award Winning Winexpert wine or beer kit.  Referral certificates are available in our stores. 



World Vineyard Spanish Tempranillo - $5 off

Gorgeous ruby red in color, this medium-bodied wine is Spain's answer to Cabernet Sauvignon, with berry, plum and herbal notes running to a lush finish of tobacco, leather and vanilla.

Pronounced "tem-pra-nee-yo," Tempranillo wine is a spicy wine that is the most famous of the Spanish red wines.  Although Spanish wine makers usually use it in red wine blends, wine drinkers in the county deem this their favorite type of red wine.  It grows well in fairly cool climates and has a tendency to begin to ripen early.

World Vineyard California Moscato - $5 off

Lush, fruity, and delightfully sweet with juicy peach, tropical fruit flavours and wonderful aromas. This is the sweetest of the white wines in this brand, and this wine has placed consistently very well in National as well as International Amateur Wine competitions.

Vintners Reserve Vieux Chateau du Roi - $5 off

Medium-bodied, yet soft and quick to mature, this is the perennially popular French red wine blend that continues to keep them coming back with its smooth, easy charms. A Winexpert specialty blending a host of grape varieties, each contributing to the layers of aroma and flavours that make this so special. Complex and full of character, yet supple and easy drinking.

Vintners Reserve Piesporter Style - $5 off 

Named after the village in Germany's Mosel wine region world-renowned for its high quality wines, Piesporter is characterized by a vivid fruitiness and lively balancing acidity.  Our off-dry Piesporter is made from Riesling grapes, and  includes both dried elderflower (which is soon changing to infused) and the Winexpert Finishing Pack to round out the sweetness and intensify the flavors. The elderflower contributes to the floral aroma. 




• Barons Amber Ale- $4 off - try with one of our add on packs

Malty rich flavour and body. This reddish ale has slightly more bitterness than typical ales but its maltiness gives a nice balance between sweet and bitter. Our unique blend of crystal and amber malts gives this ale its incredible character. 

This beer kit pairs well with our Home Vintner add on recipes - such as Tartan Ale, Roggenbier, Apricot any Season Weizen, Raspberry Ale, Scotch Soaked IPA or Winter Spice Amber Ale.


Bergeron Cheese Shoppe, Cochrane - Sale cheese - Le Lotbiniere. This firm, interior ripened Gouda is easily recognizable for its glossy holes and mildly sweet aroma. It has a delicate freshness that goes well with salted snacks and cold beer. In the kitchen it is perfect for sauces, fondues and raclette.  On sale for our Home Vintner customers when you purchase a wine kit.    

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 - Our next Wine & Beer making class is Saturday, January 16 at 1 PM. We have moved across the street to 5016 50 Ave. Rocky Mountain House T42 1A4.


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