The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - February 2011

February 2011

In this newsletter

Italian Primitivo

Food Bank

Best Advice

Symphony

Ask the Vintner

Pumpkin Beer

New Wine Guide

New Wine Racks

Spring Line-up

Facebook Winner

Monthly Prize Winner

Wine & Beer Classes

Wine & Beer on Sale

WE REWARD LOYALTY - EVERY 11th KIT IS 1/2 PRICE

FEBRUARY LIMITED NOW AVAILABLE

Italian Primitivo - pre-orders available for pick up after February 5.

The reason for this delay is the extra time needed to process the juice from the harvest in Puglia, Italy. Processing our juices is done on site in the wine region that we source our grapes from. The sequence of events goes from picking at ripeness, crushing, macerating to extract colour and flavour, pressing, and then clarifying, after which the juice is stablized for transport to Winexpert.

Every year the composition of the grapes changes dramatically due to weather factors, including heat units, sunshine hours and rainfall. Our winemaking team handles each of these challenges as they come, but this year the juices had high levels of colloidal material in suspension, which made clarifying the juice slower than normal. Attempts to speed up the clarifying with extra fining agents (we normally use bentonite) would have stripped the varietal character from the wine, so we had to wait for it to settle properly before it could be shipped.

The good news is that the juice is in excellent condition, has all of the intense and robust varietal character we expected, and will perform beautifully in the kit. We are working diligently to get the Primitivo packaged and into your hands as quickly as possible.

COMING IN MARCH - AUSTRIAN GRUNER VELTINER

FEBRUARY IS OUR FOOD BANK MONTH - PARTICPATE & GET $10 OFF PURCHASE

In February bring in food items or make a cash donation in our stores for your local Food Bank and you will receive $10 off any World Vineyard wine kit.  Not to be combined with any other offers.  read more...

 

 

 

 THE BEST ADVICE

The Home Vintner has 15 of our staff members Certified in Winemaking Excellence.   We can give you the correct information on wine or beer making questions.  Over the years, our staff members have taken Winemaker of the Year and Beer maker of the Year! 

There's so much bad advice out there, especially on the internet, that it's important to clarify this information before you accept it! 

An example comes from our Airdrie store, where one of our customers received bad advice from another store, and ruined one of our wine kits.  We guarantee our wine and beer kits 100%, so please email us or phone on ANY of your wine or beer questions. e-mail us at hvintner@telus.net or phone 1-888-222-0486

 

FROM OUR BLOG - SYMPHONY

...that evening, Paul started up a Winexpert Selection Symphony - this is one of my absolute favourite white wines!  Years back it was a Limited Edition and we still hear customers sigh, "That was a gorgeous wine!"  There was such a clamor for more that Winexpert brought it into the Selection lineup (much to my great happiness!) Symphony is a white grape that defies tradition and convention.   It's a crossing of 2 French grapes - Muscat and Grenache Gris.  read more...

ASK THE VINTNER

I'm new to beer making, could you walk me step by step through the beer making process?  Our mission at The Home Vintner is to teach you how to make the best micro brewery style beer at home.  The Barons beer instructions included with your kit will walk you through the beer making process.  I will provide you with a few tips to make you successful your first time.  read more...

2011 WINE GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

Our new wine guides are available in all of our stores.  Winexpert's commitment to excellence, and dedication to delivering the highest quality products in the winemaking market, has made us the world's foremost supplier of premium wine kits.  Our careful sourcing of supply, combined with the state-of-the-art processing facilities and stringent quality control procedures continue to set the industry standard.

 

 

NEW PRODUCT - WINE RACKS

Introducing our new modular interlocking wine storage racks.  Each module holds the full 30 wine bottles produced from one winekit.  Special order wine racks are also available with turn around in about 10 days.  How about 60, 90, 120 bottles in one convenient location?  Turn around is about 10 days.

Cost is $3 per bottle. 

4 GREAT WAYS TO ENJOY YOUR SUMMER

Coming in March

Island Mist $66.95 - Winexpert is pleased to be introducing new Cranberry Malbec to the Island Mist line up. The crisp tartness of Cranberry enveloped with the robust fruity structure of Malbec makes this a perfect blend. Cranberry Malbec will be available for ordering in the first week of March.

 

Coming in April

Twisted Mist $79.95 - It's time once again to get Twisted! Following the highly successful introductory launch of Twisted Mist last year we have decided to bring them back. Returning will be the popular Mojito and a reformulated Strawberry Margarita (not quite as sweet this time), also joining Twisted Mist will be new Lime Margarita and a Margarita combo-pack that produces 15 750ml bottles of Lime and Strawberry Margarita. All three Twisted Mists will be available for ordering in the first week of April.

 

 Selection International Spanish Rosé$129.95 - Last year we decided to take a break from Spanish Rosé and we had so many e-mails from retailers and consumers alike that they missed their favourite summertime Rosé, that we are bringing it back for another season. Winexpert Spanish Rosé is a luscious combination of Spanish red and white grapes, including the silky and seductive Tempranillo, which together creates a perfect Spanish Rosé that should be enjoyed while young, crisp and refreshing. Selection International Spanish Rosé will be available to order in the first week of April.

 

 Barons Lime Lager- No Spring would be complete without a light easy to drink beer. Last year we introduced Barons Lime Lager for the first time and it was a big success.  This year we are bringing it out earlier for consumers to enjoy right from the beginning of the season. Barons Lime Lager is a refreshing American Light-style beer with a bracing splash of pure lime flavour and a crisp zesty finish. Barons Lime Lager will be available in the first week of April.

 

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK TO QUALIFY FOR OUR NEW MONTHLY DRAW

Join us on Facebook to enter our draw for a Selection wine kit.  To qualify for the draw become a friend of The Home Vintner on Facebook.  This months winner is: Tim T.

MONTHLY STORE DRAW

Monthly, each wine or beer purchase automatically enters you into our monthly draw.  Congratulations to Bruce & Diane, January's prize winner - pick up your Breathable Glass valued at $34.95 at the NW store.

FREE WINE & BEER MAKING CLASSES

At our free wine and beer making classes Paul demonstrates the making of a wine kit from the first steps right through to removing the CO2 and proper corking.  Years of experience are shared, so the novice wine maker can be successful on their first attempt.  For those who have made wine for years, there are new methodologies which will improve your end result.  Also, step by step Paul walks through the making of a beer kit with secrets shared so your first kit will be a success.  Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday February 1st @ 7 pm – NW Store - to register phone (403) 284-0486 or email hvintner@telus.net 

Saturday March 15th @ 1 pm - Rocky Mntn House Store - to register phone (403) 844-4858 or email hvintner@telus.net

WINE ON SALE IN FEBRUARY $5 OFF

Vintner's Reserve - continues to set the standard in it's category by yielding wines of excellent quality, flavour and aroma.

Vintner's Reserve Valpolicella Style $76.95

Ruby red colour with a delicate bouquet and a rich mouth-filling texture. A pleasureful taste that is sure to be enjoyed by all.

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

Vintner's Reserve Liebfraumilch Style (loving mothers milk) $71.95

This blend epitomizes the classic white wine style that Germany is renowned for. Amazingly true to style, the agreeably sweet finish is accomplished through adding our Flavour-pack. The exciting result is perfect with seafood or dessert.

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

ALL WORLD VINEYARD $10 off with a donation to the food bank

BEER ON SALE IN FEBRUARY $4 OFF

Canadian Golden Ale $31.95

A bold hoppy blond ale, yet it has slightly more hop flavour than typical Canadian beers. True to its style, this ale is malty but well-balanced, very crisp and refreshing, an exceptional beer for the North American ale enthusiast.

Visit us in store to find out more about our recipes to try with this kit.  Varieties include wheat, raspberry and blueberry golden ale.                       www.thehomevintner.com


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