The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - June 2013

JUNE 2013




Wine & beer making classes

During June - 2 for 1! First person pays $25.00, the second person is free.

Join Paul & Ron as they make a wine & beer kit in front of the class.

If you have taken this course before and would like a refresher there is no charge for you and a guest.

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Canada Day hours

NW & NE Stores:

Sat June 29 - regular hours
Sun June 30 - closed
Mon July 1 - noon - 4


Sat June 29 - regular hours
Sun June 30 - closed
Mon July 1 - closed




We reward loyalty! Every 11th kit is half price

Purchase 10 wine or beer kits and your 11th kit is half price! Your bonus kit may be ANY kit  available in the store. Purchases may be made at any Home Vintner store with no time limit.



On your birthday

The Home Vintner appreciates your patronage so on your birthday we email you a $10 coupon which may be used for a wine kit or a $5 coupon for any beer kit - this offer is also available for your partner.  The next time you are into one of our stores ensure that we have both of your birthdates.




Our Limited Editions this year are awesome!  We have obtained a few additional kits which we are offering at $10 off.




"Congrats to Winexpert's 300 + medal winners at the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition last weekend.  More amateur winemakers won GOLD medals with Winexpert kits than any other brand!  Our Limited Edition Pacifica White won Best of Show White."

The Home Vintner Wine Guild congratulates these members for a job well done!  Ken - 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze, Dave - 1 Silver.


A huge challenge in Calgary is the process of degassing wine after it has been stabilized.  We have encouraged our clients to use the Vacuvin system which creates a vacuum in the carboy sucking out the CO2. 

Exclusive only to The Home Vintner - after years of searching for an automatic system, Paul has found an electric degassing unit.  The staff have been busy testing them by degassing their own wine - Ron tested it on the weekend by degassing two wines at the same time.  As with our wine filters, these units are available exclusively for our clients.  Rental is $10 for the first 24 hours and then $5 a day.


The Home Vintner's eight locations are exclusive retailers of Winexpert kits.  We continue to sell the largest number of wine and beer kits in Alberta.  Our focus is not only on quality of product but quality of information for our clients.

With more than 20 years of participating in wine judging competitions and sharing of winemaking technology with kit producers, I am often astounded by the so-called "knowledge" that customers receive in some stores.  The most outrageous was a suggestion by a wine kit retailer that a wine should be consumed within 6 months!  In the meantime, one of our home vintners won a medal at a national competition for a red wine that had aged in the bottle for 3 years.

While we swear by the superior quality of Winexpert kits, we will not criticize or compare other wine kit brands.  We prefer wine lovers to be their own judge.  Our wine making classes, awards won and our clients' record of wine making excellence all speak for themselves. 

From Paul CEO of The Home Vintner


If you're not regularly splashing a wine vinegar over your culinary delights, there is no better time to start. The intricate flavours will add a unique accent to any meal, and your body will thank you for it!

Red wine vinegars are typically very low in calories, and have no carbohydrates or sodium. They add a sharp flavour, decreasing or even eliminating the need for salt.

All vinegars, because of their acetic acid content, are known to help control and lower cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and blood pressure.  Balsamic vinegar also contains polyphenols - the famous powerful antioxidant.  For over 20 years I have paired my balsamic vinegar with extra virgin olive oil for dipping my bread.  Caution: some wines are not compatible with wine vinegars.

From Ron NW manager, 2011 AB Winemaker of the Year


While supplies last, we are offering $10 off in June!  Our seasonal release Selection International French Rosé is a crisp, off-dry rosé from Southern France. An extremely food friendly wine, the pairing possibilities run the gamut from light salads to spicy meats from the grill - definitely a wine to keep well-stocked and ready all summer. Serve chilled. Don't miss out on this great rosé, we have just obtained extra stock.


Chile has a growing reputation for producing world class wines; its unique geography, natural mosaic of terroirs, and enviable Mediterranean climate make it ideal for growing the rich, flavourful grapes used to make the country’s increasingly sought-after wines.  Try some of these Chilean favourites, during June these are $10 off:

• Selection Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon
• Selection Chilean Carmenère
• Selection Chilean Malbec
• Selection Chilean Merlot
• Selection Chilean Pinot Noir
• Selection Chilean Sauvignon Blanc


Indulge in our award winning chocolate ports.  Pre-order now for our rich seasonal dessert wines. Both were gold medal winners in the Port Style category of the 2013 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition.  This kit produces 11.5 litres of Port - do not add additional water.

Deadline to pre-order is August 6 with delivery in September.  Pre-order discount is $10 and when you pre-pay you receive an additional 10% discount.

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To enter, become a friend of The Home Vintner on Facebook. This month's winner of a $46.95 Vin-Aire Aerator is Julian Hamp...   

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Each month, every wine or beer purchase automatically enters you into our monthly draw.  This month's winner of a $46.95 Vin-Aire Aerator is David & Lynne Tayl...




Vintners Reserve White Zinfandel - $5 Off

This a fantastic rose! Sweet plums dance across your palate. A refreshing, medium bodied wine with a touch of sweetness and crispness with a flavourful finish. Complete with Winexpert's innovative F-pack, this blush favorite displays the trademark pink hues and a soft, refreshing taste that make it particularly enjoyable as a chilled delight on a summer afternoon.

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

read more - wikipedia

Vintners Reserve Chardonnay - $5 Off

Powerfully structured, this wine shows a crisp, minerally character and a refreshing floral aroma well-balanced by toasty smoke and vanilla notes, and a long complex finish that emerges with ageing.

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

read more - wikipedia

World Vineyard Chilean Merlot - $5 Off

Originating from the world famous Maipo Valley wine region in Chile. This wine is a dark inky purple, the open nose is alluring and bold with aromas of spicy plum, coffee, raspberry and blackberries. The generous palate is complex and loaded with intense fruit flavours. You can expect blackcurrant, plum, dark cherry and raspberry fruit with bittersweet chocolate nuances, a hint of toasty oak and light herbal spiciness. The structure is superb with just the right amount of acidity to balance the deep fruit flavours. The finish is lengthy and elegant.

read more - wikipedia

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

World Vineyard French Sauvignon Blanc - $5 Off

Steely, grassy, herbaceous - the classic traits of Sauvignon Blanc. Sourced directly from the French countryside, crisp and dry, this wine is best enjoyed young. The aroma of Sauvignon is unmistakable with its green leafy notes, gooseberry fruit, mineral and melon.

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

read more - wikipedia



Barons 10% off when you buy 2!

During June buy 2 or more Barons beer kits and receive 10% off!

Now available at The Home Vintner...19 litre glass carboys!  These are used for making a West Coast IPA.

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