The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - December 2011

December 2011

In this newsletter

2011 Limited Editions
Food Pairing Recipes
New Product Intro
Our Website is for You
Codes
Wyeast
2 New Wine Projects
Brunello returns!!
Advanced Beer Class
Accolades
Ho Ho Home Vintner
Facebook Winner
Monthly Prize Winner
Wine & Beer Classes
Wine & Beer on Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday hours for Calgary and Airdrie stores hours:

Christmas Eve closed at 4
Christmas Day closed
Boxing Day closed

New Years Eve closed at 4
New Years Day closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We reward loyalty - every 11th kit is 1/2 price

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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  Referral Program

 
We truly appreciate you referring us to your family and friends. When the new vintner or brewer makes their first kit purchase, you both will receive 10% off the regular price of any kit. Referral certificates are available in our stores. (Cannot be combined with any other offer)
 
 
 
 
 
 
       

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Our wine products are supported by knowledgeable, dedicated staff.  In addition to helping choose the right wine, we will help you discover an exciting new experience...
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PRE-ORDER DEADLINE-SUNDAY DEC 4
CRAFT YOUR OWN MASTERPIECE

Click here to view this years Limited Edition videos - with complete written descriptions of our five 2011 Limited Edition wines. 

Click here to view our order form with prices.  We are again offering a 10% discount if you wish to prepay when you place your order.

Washington Meritage - January
South African Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon - January
California Petite Sirah/Zinfandel - February
German Traminer Spatlese - March
Spanish Matador Trio Red - April

 

click here to read our 2 page pdf on the 2011 line up...

FOOD PAIRING RECIPES FROM OUR WINE TASTING

We have had so many requests for the recipes of the pairings that were offered at our Limited Edition wine tasting!  This year our guests were seated at tables, as the 5 wines were introduced by Dave Larocque a commercial equivalent with food pairings was served.  The WOW factor was achieved a number of times.  click here for the recipes...

AVAILABLE NOW -ESSENCIA PRODUCTS

In a blind tasting "9 out 10 who tasted our Italian Pinot Grigio preferred the one fermented in the essencia 27 litre stainless steel fermenter vs. plastic fermenters. The Italian Pinot Grigio was crisp, floral aromatic notes, delivering complex flavors of green apple, orange and a hint of lemon on the palette vs the one fermented in the plastic having less distinct flavors, not as crisp and little fruit on the
nose." - "Camelot Cellars - Columbus, Ohio"

We now have this new product available and will be doing our own testing.  All Essencia products are by pre-order, click here to go to their website...

ONE OF THE GREATEST WINE & BEER MAKING WEBSITES IN CANADA!

We invest in knowledge.  We want to give you the tools to make award winning wine & beer in your home!  We offer step by step presentations of both wine and beer on our website.  If you invest time on our website we will reward you with knowedge.  Invest in any kit, use our closures and we guarantee our products 100% -  a guarantee not often found on the market!

 

BUYER BEWARE OF BLOWOUT SALES

A wine or beer kit is a food product and should be treated as such. Would you be comfortable eating a can of peaches that was a couple of years old?  We are one of the few stores with a 100% guarantee on our wine and beer kits, so we want to make sure that the products sold to our customers are always going to turn out! With having 9 stores, we consistently visit in order to rotate the stock.   If there are any older codes, we pull them off the shelf and "feed" it to the staff!  If a kit has had the code removed, NEVER purchase that kit!  click here to read more... 

 

LIQUID YEAST - NEW ORDER NOW IN

Our fridges are full with over 50 new liquid yeast for both wine and beer.  Stop in and we will assist you in choosing the best for your project.  Adding a new dimension to your home brewing projects!  read more...

 

 

 

 

FOLLOW OUR WINE MAKER OF THE YEAR IN 2 NEW WINE PROJECTS

I don't have time to make wine - this is a unique step by step presentation showing the actual time involved in making a wine kit.  click here to follow

 

Our newest products are Limited Releases from previous years with the addition of grape skins.  Click here to follow Ron as he makes an Australian Petit Verdot.

 

LETTING THE SECRET OUT

My favorite wine of all times was the 2007 Limited Edition Italian Brunello, I bought 8 kits, do the math, a commercial bottle averages $105 x 28 bottles x 8 kits = $23,520 (I paid $146 per kit x 8 = $1168) a savings of $22,352.  When they brought the Brunello back in 2009 I bought 3 kits, again the commercial value is $105 x 28 bottles x 3 kits = $8,820.  The good news is that this spring we are bringing back the Brunello as a Selection International kit with grape skins!!  Yahoo! We'll keep you informed on the release dates.  This is a wow wine which requires 1 1/2 to 2 years ageing to enjoy its true value.  / Ron

 

ADVANCED BEER MAKING CLASS

Thursday December 8 at the NW store, $25 per person.  Click here to read our March 2011 blog to get an idea of how great this event is...  (Almost full, pre-registration is required)

 

 

ACCOLADES FROM A NEW FRIEND

"My wife and I attended the Wine and Beer making class last night (ala Groupon). Although we have been making wine for several years now and we attended mostly for the beer making aspect, we learned a lot about our wine making process and how to improve it. It turns out the beer making is not much different from the wine making.  click here to read more...

 

HO HO HOME VINTNER

Just check off your Christmas Wish List and leave it in a convenient location so that Santa can find it.

A gift certificate in any amount...

Complete starter kit $84.95
Carboy handle $8.95
750 ml wine bottles $13.95 doz
Carboy cleaner $34.95
375 ml Frosted Icewine bottles $29.95 doz
Hand made ceramic wine casks $69.95
High quality primary $27.95
...see complete list 

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK TO QUALIFY FOR OUR NEW MONTHLY DRAW

33 new pictures of the Limited Edition wine tasting have just been added to acebook.  Join us on facebook to enter our draw, this months winner receives a free beer kit. To qualify for the draw become a friend of The Home Vintner on Facebook. This months winner is: Dean L...

click here to become a friend on facebook... 

 

MONTHLY STORE DRAW

Monthly, each wine or beer purchase automatically enters you into our monthly draw.  Congratulations to Terry F, this months prize winner - pick up your $34.95 Eisch wine glass at the NW store. 

DECEMBER CALENDAR INCLUDING OUR WINE & BEER MAKING CLASS

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. Payment of $25 per person is payable at the class. Each student will receive a coupon worth 15% off their next wine or beer kit.

click here to see our current calendar...

WINE ON SALE IN DECEMBER - $10 OFF

Special newsletter reader offer: All our Selection Originals are $10 off in December...to receive this discount just ask for it at the check out.

 

WINE ON SALE IN DECEMBER - $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 World Vineyard - featuring popular grape varietals, with grape juices and concentrates from some of the finest growing regions in the world, this 10 litre kit produces high quality wines that you can enjoy within one month after bottling.

Vintner's Reserve Bergamis

This supple, fruity and delicate red nouveau style' wine is typically consumed young and is at its best when served slightly chilled. A complex nose of black cherry and blackberry, medium bodied as Gamay goes, with bright, juicy red cherry fruit, light but silky tannins and soft barrel textures on the front and mid-palate and a finish packed with steeped cherry and plum flavours.

To be enjoyed on any occasion. Bergamais is such a fun wine. Yes, usually red wines are very serious but this light-bodied wine is red with a fun and playful attitude.

It's color is a bit lighter red than most and has a much lighter taste. Think of it as a "juicy" wine. When drinking it, you'll feel like you just bit into a fresh juicy red berry. This terrific tasting light-bodied, off-dry red has no oak added. This combination makes for a delicious, easy drinking wine with all the great health benefits from red wines. How can you go wrong! I love to serve this wine with heavier dishes because its lighter body gives your heavy dishes good balance. Try it with lasagna, beef wellington, lamb and
veal. Its great with softer cheeses such as brie or smoked
provolone.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: None

Vintner's Reserve Viognier

The intense fruitiness of this beguiling wine suggests rich sweetness, but it shows a surprisingly dry and aromatic finish.  A delicate yellow colour, tinged with the variety's typical 'green-gold' hue, it bursts out of the glass with apricot, apple, peach and violet with a hint of honey.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: None

Wikipedia - click here...

World Vineyard French Cabernet Sauvignon

All the classic associations with this well-known grape variety used in France's brilliant red wine blends are here in this Cabernet brought in directly from France: rich, intense aromas, deep berry fruits, healthy tannins, and a smooth, lingering finish. With the proper tannin astringency and premium French oak evident throughout, this is an elegant wine offering body and complexity when aged.
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium

Wikipedia - click here...

World Vineyard Washington Riesling

Riesling simply is the most versatile, complex and food-friendly of all the noble grapes. If you enjoy discovering new wines and inspiring your palate, then Riesling is your ideal wine. With floral and green apple aromas this crisp, vibrant wine has tones of green apple, citrus, apricot, white flowers and subtle mineral notes. The Washington's Columbia Valley is the largest Riesling producing state in the US. Rieslings grown here offer pronounced ripeness while retaining acidity, showing fantastic floral aromas and flavours of peach and apricot, while still maintaining a crisp freshness.
Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: None

BEER ON SALE IN DECEMBER - $4 OFF

Canadian Golden Ale

A bold hoppy blond ale, 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.  Try this Ale with 1098 Wyeast British Ale yeast.

To make a wonderful wheat beer we sell bags of wheat along with a recipe, try Wyeast 1010 American Wheat yeast at $9.95.

The Obamas Make History With Homebrewed White House Honey Ale - try brewing your own Honey Golden Ale - recipe in our stores.  White House beermaking is a milestone in American culinary history that the Chefs will continue; there might even be Hops planted in the Kitchen Garden...

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made culinary history when they served homebrewed White House Honey Ale, made with a pound of honey from the White House Beehive, to guests at last month's Super Bowl party. They are the first presidential couple to ever charge their chefs with the ancient--and now wildly popular--art of homebrewing, according to White House Curator Bill Allman. read more... 

 
 
 
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