The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - April, 2010
April 2010


Strawberry Margarita & Mojito wine cocktails

This month we will be introducing an exciting and delicious new addition to the Island Mist family: Twisted Mist Cocktails!  Twisted Mist makes 30 bottles of the world's first consumer-made ready-to-drink cocktail – just chill, pour and enjoy!  Twisted Mist will only be around for summer and includes two great tasting cocktails: Strawberry Margarita and Mojito.  These kits are in the 10 L format, and will finish at 12% ABV (alcohol by volume).
Bottle labels are included. 

Trendy cocktail bars charge up to $10 a drink for cocktails like these.  Bottled, pre-mixed cocktail products are available for $18 to $20 /750 ml bottle at the liquor store.  Twisted Mist is produced exactly the same way as your existing wine kits, and finishes exactly like a perfectly mixed cocktail.

Cocktails are a great complement to summertime BBQ's and patio season, so stock up your cellars before it runs out!   

For campers, hikers, hot tubbers, and patio parties, we will be bringing in the clear plastic bottles – a safe alternative to glass during summer festivities!

While supplies last, buy 1 Twisted Mist & 1 Island Mist or 2 Twisted Mists & receive a free Twisted Mist t-shirt


The highly anticipated Limited Edition Italian Brunello will be arriving the second week in April.

Originally offered in 2007, Brunello is a large-berried variety of the Sangiovese grape – fruity, with strong natural acidity, a firm and elegant assertiveness and a robust finish that can extend surprisingly long.  The aroma is generally subtle, with cherry, strawberry, blueberry, and violet notes.  With age, the richer flavours will show cherry and spice dominating the long, fruity finish.

Many of our customers who are familiar with the 2007 offering, have doubled their orders this time around!  If you regret not ordering, please call to be put on our list, which will guarantee you can take advantage of the extras that Paul has ordered.

Watch the video by Tim Vandergrift on these 5 limited editions, click or paste into your web broswer - 


We have had such wonderful response and reaction to our new website at .  Customers are particularly impressed with the new format of the monthly newsletter.

We encourage everyone to review our on-line articles to brush up on your knowledge.  Also, check out Paul's blog, links, FAQ's, our updated calendar, etc.  All information is current and up to date.


Paul demonstrates the making of a wine kit from the first steps right through to removing the CO2 and proper corking.  Years of experience shared so that 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.

April 13th @ 7 pm -  Rocky Mountain House - call Wende 
(403) 844-4858 to register

April 15th @ 7 pm – NE Calgary store - call (403) 291-4888 to register

April 20th @ 7 pm – NW Calgary store - call (403) 284-0486 to register

Come & learn more about handcrafting your own wine & beer!


Interested in learning more about wine, trying different wines, chatting about wine with fellow wine lovers?  Then think about joining our Guild.  We will be meeting this month on April 17 at 7 pm at a guild member's home.  Bring a bottle of wine, $5 and come and join us.  Call (403) 912-6323 for further information.  Provincial competition is also this month, and our Guild members have entered some very fine wines!  We look forward to hearing the results.


The Home Vintner is a part of the Airdrie Home & Garden Show - come on out and visit us at our booth on April 24th & 25th.    This year the new location for the Show is Genesis Place Recreation Centre, located at 800 East Lake Blvd.  Bring aspiring new winemakers to our booth, enter our Prize Draw for great prizes – wine kits, winemaking accessories, to name a few.  We look forward to seeing you there.


(excluding satellites)

Good Friday, April 2nd – All stores closed
Saturday, April 3rd  -- All stores regular hours
Easter Sunday, April 4th -  All stores closed
Easter Monday, April 5th -  NW & NE Calgary – Noon to 4 pm  (Airdrie closed on Easter Monday)


Vintners Reserve Pinot Noir - This very popular grape produces a wine with very fruity, yet spicy characteristics. Pinot Noir has a velvety flavour that is met with a fullness of aroma resembling black currants. Ageing uncovers further complexity.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: None

Vintners Reserve Pinot Blanc - A versatile varietal grape which displays an agreeable dry, sharp, lightly fruity yet full-bodied taste. Vital and refreshing; perfect as both a sipping wine or as a match with cream sauce dishes, light cheeses and delicate meats.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: None

World Vineyard California Trinity Red - An ideal blending of three of California 's most popular grape varieties - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, com ing together to make a perfectly balanced, well- structured dry red wine. Notes of black cherry and coffee complement the smokey, herbal flavours, and hints of vanilla that round out this medium bodied wine , making it highly enjoyable for any occasion. Serve with a roast dinner or barbecued steak.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak Intensity: Medium

World Vineyard California Trinity White - A unique blend of Colombard, Sauv Blanc and Semillon, combining lemon and grapefruit aromas with rounded fruit, redolent of melons and frsh figs to round out this crisp refreshing medium-bodied white.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: None


While quantities last, you may purchase any 2 Baron's beer kits and purchase a dozen EZ-Cap bottles for 1/2 price! 

This year with the introduction of our new website we have received great online interest in Grolsch style beer bottles.  Many beer chat rooms talk about a poor quality foreign import that didn't meet expectations.  Many beer enthusiasts have been searching for a supplier of a quality product here in Calgary.  The good news is that we have found an EZ-Cap 500 ml Grolsch style beer bottle that is made in Canada.

Our special order has just arrived - you may now purchase a dozen bottles for $29.00 at any of our locations.  For large orders please give us a phone call to ensure adequate supplies.


Barons Dutch Lager - 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.

Barons Canadian Lager - Similar colour and flavour to commercial varieties without the additives. Clean, cool and effervescent - a true slice of Canadiana.


The Home Vintner is now taking orders for liquid beer yeast.

In this newsletter...

New Twisted Mist

Italian Brunello

Feedback on our new website

Free Wine / Beer Making Classes

Wine Guild Meeting

Airdrie Home & Garden Show

Easter Hours

Wine & Beer on Sale

EZ-Cap Beer Bottles

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