The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - November 2010

November 2010

In this newsletter

Airdrie extended hours

Airdrie Business Award

Paul's blog

2010 Ltd Editions

Ltd Wine Tasting Event

November Events

Wine & Beer on Sale

November Store Hours

 

AIRDRIE NEW STORE HOURS

Due to customer requests, the Airdrie store is now open at 10:00 AM (except Sundays which opens at noon) &  later two evenings a week - Wednesdays & Thursdays our new store hours are 10 AM to 8:00 PM.

Come in and meet Kellie during the evening hours - she will be happy to assist you!  Kellie has been a customer and a winemaker for several years now and is excited to be a part of The Home Vintner team. 

THE HOME VINTNER AIRDRIE NOMINATED FOR AWARD

It is Small Business Week in Airdrie, and the Airdrie store was honoured to be nominated for the prestigious "Winning Edge Award"! Not only were we nominated, but we made it to the Top 5 Finalists position, going up against some stiff competition! The Winning Edge Award is given to a small business who shows excellence in customer service, knowledge, community spirit and involvement.

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PAUL'S BLOG ON THIS YEARS LIMITED EDITIONS WITH FULL DESCRIPTION

I think that we have some really exciting wines to work with this year, some of them being extremely rare and unique.  In this blog I will present each wine to you in terms that we are all familiar with.  This is an extensive description of our 5 limited edition wines available January to March 2011.  Pre-order deadline to guarantee your product is December 15...

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2010 SELECTION LIMITED EDITION - PRE-ORDER PRICE - SAME AS LAST YEAR

Selection Limited Edition Series features a limited number of outstanding unique varieties from around the world that are released annually from January through April.  These special wines are only available during their month of release and are immensely popular, pre-registration required to guarantee your kits, deadline December 15, 2010.

Pre-order price prior to December 15th will be the same as last year at $131 for whites and $135 for reds. 

We do order a few extras of each Limited (first come first served), our regular price if not pre-ordered will be $141 for whites and $145 for reds.

January - Australian Shiraz/Viognier
             - Pacifica White
February - Italian Primitivo
March - Austria Gruner Veltliner
April - Portuguese Douro Tinto

...read more plus videos with Tim Vandergrift

A TASTING YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS

We would like to invite you to our 2010 Limited Edition Tasting with special guest Dave Larocque.

 

When: Wednesday November 18th
Where: Capitol Hill Community Centre
Address: 1531 21 Ave NW Calgary
Time: 7:00 pm sharp
Cost: $10 per person ($5 toward charity and $5 credit toward the purchase of a Limited Edition Wine Kit)

We will have the chance to sample:
Australian Shiraz/Viognier
Pacifica White
Italian Primitivo
Austria Gruner Veltliner
Portuguese Douro Tinto

You can reserve your tickets by replying to this email or by contacting (403) 284-0486

...read more including Dave's Bio

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK TO QUALIFY FOR OUR NEW MONTHLY DRAW

Join us on Facebook - for the next 3 months there will be a monthly draw for a free Selection wine kit.  To qualify for the draw become a friend of The Home Vintner on Facebook.

IMPORTANCE OF THE HYDROMETER

One of the most important tools in your wine & beer making process is the hydrometer.

The principle of the hydrometer is to measure the density of your wine & beer.  As the wine & beer ferments creating alcohol, the hydrometer will sink deeper into the wine & beer, giving you important readings as to the progress of your fermentation.

Over the years The Home Vintner has educated over 9,000 wine & beer makers through our classes, stressing the importance of taking readings.  It is essential to take a reading BEFORE you pitch the yeast; BEFORE stabilizing; & BEFORE bottling.

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NOVEMBER EVENTS

Nov 5th @ 7 pm The Home Vintner is hosting a fundraising charity event in Airdrie.  Tickets are $15 and all proceeds from this Wine Appreciation and Tasting will go to Volunteer Airdrie group.  Paul will pair both white and red wines with compatible cheese and chocolate.  These events are always fun and informative and feedback is always very positive.

Last month, we raised over $1000 for the Airdrie & District Humane Society, with more planned for the future.  Charity work and wine are very important to The Home Vintner, so we combined the two - a perfect pair! 

Other charities that we donate to include First Step Children’s Fund in Sierra Leone Africa, The Salvation Army, The Poppy Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The Mustard Seed, and The Red Cross.

Nov 6th @ 7 pm – Wine Guild Meeting - Bring $5, a bottle of your favourite wine and let's learn more about wine (& beer)!  We will have a short meeting and then judge each other's wines.   Always a fun and informative evening.  Call Pat or Paul @ 403-284-0486 for location.  Always interested in new members!

Nov 18th @ 7 pm – Capitol Hill Community - $10 Ltd Wine Tasting call (403) 284-0486 or email hvintner@telus.net to register

Nov 20th @ 1 - 4 pm – Rocky Mntn House Store - Open House for more info call (403) 844-4858 or email hvintner@telus.net to register

Nov 24th & 25th Airdrie Humane Society Christmas Fundraiser

Nov 26th @ 7 pm – Cochrane Store - Wine & Beer Making Class call (403) 851-8155 or email hvintner@telus.net to register

WINE ON SALE IN NOVEMBER $5 OFF

Vintners Reserve Gewurztraminer  $73.95

A distinctive grape varietal with an unmistakably aromatic bouquet and appealing fruit intensity. Now including Winexpert's F-pack, Gewurztraminer bursts with intense grapefruit flavours capped with a long full finish. Excellent with spicy foods or desserts.

Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: None

 

Vintners Reserve Zinfandel Cabernet  $81.95

Vintners Reserve Zinfandel/Cabernet is a medium bodied, deep red wine with initial raspberry and licorice notes giving way to a blackberry, currant and pepper character that finishes with firm tannins and light, spicy oak. Rich, but not clumsy, it's an excellent foil for red meat, strong cheeses or even dark chocolate.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium

World Vineyard Australian Riverland  $77.95

A stunningly unique blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard and Muscat varieties sourced from Australia's Riverland region on the Murray River. The hot climate produces a wine offering a lively combination of rich ripe fruits, complimentary acidity, and a full body, making this delicious white wine a must-try'.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: None

World Vineyard Italian Sangiovese  $84.95

The lively fruit and good acidity make it one of the most food-friendly of all reds, pairing well with pasta, veal Parmigiana, intensely flavoured cheeses, and fruits like cherries, figs, plums and raspberries.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium  Oak Intensity: Medium

BEER ON SALE IN NOVEMBER $4 OFF

Baron's Dutch Lager - 35.95

This globally popular beer reflects the styles of Grolsch and Heineken, with a crisp golden lager character and smooth spicy hoppiness, rounding out to a gentle, grassy finish. Crisp, distinct and delicious.

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY HOURS

Please note our Calgary and Airdrie stores will be open noon - 4 on Thursday November 11

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