The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - October 2014

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Winexpert Limited Edition releases. The biggest and best speciality of a kind wine-kit program in the industry, and an enormous triumph.  

In honour of this occasion, four spectacular wines are making their return. These are the wines consumers have raved about, and begged to be brought back.

We have also developed a special 25th Anniversary Yakima Bordeaux style Blend, aptly named Triumph. This blockbuster wine was created to celebrate the achievement which defines this limited edition program.

 Click here for the order form.  Deadline for pre-orders & pre-payment is Sunday December 7th,

Click here to see the introduction video

                                                              Regular price     pre-order price     pre-pay price (-5%)

• January Riesling – Germany                    $146.00           $136.00              $129.20
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video

• January Shiraz Viognier – Australia         $151.00           $141.00              $133.95
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video

• February Triumph – Washington              $151.00           $141.00              $133.95
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video

• March Trio Blanco – California                 $146.00           $136.00              $129.20
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video

• April Super Tuscan – Italy (with skins)     $165.00            $155.00             $147.25
     • click here to see a one page PDF
     • click here to see a short video

Click here to see the ending video


You are invited to one of our 2014 Limited Edition wine tasting and food pairing events with special guest Rick Vanderberg. Paul has been hard at work consulting with our chefs to prepare accompanying dishes for each wine that will show off it's "wow factor". We will be offering 3 tastings with limited seating, reserve your spot now, we sellout every year!. Please phone (403) 241-8151 or email us at info@thehomevinvnter to make your reservation.

The events will be held at the Highwood Community Hall at 16 Harlow Ave NW. To get to the hall, turn North from 40th Ave NW (half way between 4th street and Northmount Drive) onto Hudson Rd NW, it is 4 blocks north on the NW corner of Harlow and Hudson.

• When: Thursday, November 6, November 27, or December 4
• Where: Highwood Community Hall
• Address: 16 Harlow Ave NW
• Time: 7:00 pm sharp
• Cost: $10 per person 


Congratulations to The Home Vintner as they have won 1st place in the Winemaking/brewing category in the 2014-2015 Calgary Herald Readers Choice survey.  Thank you to all of our clients who supported us.


We are pleased to announce the return of Chocolate Raspberry Port (Dessert Wine) and, after a three year hiatus, Blackberry Port (Dessert Wine) is making a comeback.  

Blackberry Port is now sold out at our warehouses. Product in our stores is all that's left.

For a limited time only, we are offering two great products for you to enjoy this fall. Get a kit started now and dazzle your friends and family over the Christmas holidays. 



Introducing a new addition to the Winexpert "Falliday" limited release program. New Island Mist Merlot HO HO has notes of orange, cranberry, spice and cloves paired with round, fruit-forward Merlot. This unique Island Mist can be enjoyed at room temperature or slightly warmed. Available on a first come, first served basis in early September.  Get it started soon so you'll have a festive beverage over the holiday season. Think mulled wine, but better, leave a glass for Santa to ensure you've made the 'nice' list!


A long time in the making, we are pleased to announce the launch of the totally redesigned Winexpert website. The website is now mobile phone and tablet friendly.  

Click here to view the new site...


It's harvest time for most everything, including the beer makers best friend, hops. Due to a growing demand for the freshest produce available, you might start wondering where the best place is to get your hands on fresh hops. The truth is, they're really hard to find, unless you buy a seasonal beer labelled "wet hopped". These days, most every commercial brewer uses pelletised hops, just like the ones we sell in our stores.

Why the pellets? The reasons are mostly practical, and in the interest of safety. Seriously. Freshly picked hops used to be baled and stored in warehouses at temperatures that cause the bales to start on fire. After much property damage and crop losses, producers decided they should forget about baling altogether and therefore started processing their crops into pellet form as soon as possible after harvest. 

At The Home Vintner, we have several varieties of vacuum packed hop pellets in stock, from the ever popular Cascade to the aromatic and high alpha acid "Citra", which, incidentally, even has its own trademark.   

If you like hoppy beer, why not try adding some extra hop-oomph  to your Barons beer kit?  Here are some suggestions to get you started:
• Want more punch in your Pilsner? Go with Czech Saaz.
• You'll get more of a European flavour from a Redwood Ale or Dutch Lager with the addition of Hallertau.
•Brown Ale loves an extra dose of hops. Try US Fuggle.
•And for you IPA fans, we have our popular add on packs that include extra Cascade hops and French oak chips to put into a Barons Pale Ale.

If you decide to hop up your home brew, remember to use the hops that are in the kit, in addition to your extra choice.


Oaking your homemade wine is more than simply adding flavour. In fact, the addition of oak changes the biochemistry the wine itself. Of course, you do get the added complexity of subtle oak and wood flavours, but there is much more at work here.

Just think of the painstaking process commercial wineries go through to age their wine in expensive French or American oak barrels. More highly aromatic notes can be transformed into softer flavours by increasing the presence of polysaccharide sugars. These are a type of unfermentable sugar that give length of palate and body.

In home winemaking, you add oak during primary fermentation rather than using a several thousand dollar barrel most of us don't have room for. This considered, it is important allow time for sufficient ageing after fermentation is complete; either in the carboy or post bottling. Adding oak post-fermentation can give the wine a more assertive and not as balanced quality.

While commercial wineries add oak post fermentation, ageing wine in an oak barrel also allows for a small amount of oxygenation and evaporation, called ‘the angels share’ which tempers the assertive oak flavour.


This is a must read to understand the commercial craft beer market.

click here for the complete article...






Chile is a constantly underrated wine regions of the world. The key to understanding Chilean wine is diversity. Not only because it's over 4,000 km long, but also its many valleys, hills, and complex varying terrior enable producers to grow an amazing array of varietals.

 In Chile, you will find anything from delicate, cool climate Pinot Noirs in Bio Bio Valley to robust, juicy Cabernets in Maipo. If you can name it, Chile’s got it. Are you thinking of a wine oriented visit to this stunning, dynamic region?  From the nations capital Santiago, you can go to six different wine growing areas in under two hours. This is one region to keep a close eye on as seasoned Chilean winemakers who know their terroir team up with a  young, inspired winemakers and begin to release world class quality wine.  

These Chilean wine kits are available at The Home Vintner:
•Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
•Selection Chilean Malbec Shiraz with grape skins
• Selection Chilean Carmenere
•Selection Chilean Malbec
•Selection Chilean Merlot
•Selection Chilean Pinot Noir
•Selection Chilean Sauvignon Blanc
•World Vineyard Chilean Malbec
  World Vineyard Chilean Merlot


Over 20,000 people have attended our wine and beer making courses since 1993. During October we are offering 2 for 1!  $25.00 for you and a friend. Join us as we walk you through the steps.

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

Classes for October are now posted - click here to go to our event calendar... 


To enter, become a friend of The Home Vintner on Facebook. This months winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Jessie Jon...


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Each month, every wine or beer purchase automatically enters you into our monthly draw.  This month's winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Matthew Li...



Join us on Twitter @TheHomeVintner to keep up with the latest news, events, sales, questions and comments.

Monthly prize winner of a $25.00 gift certificate is Stephanie Warthe @StephanieWarthe.  




ALL World Vineyard  - $5 off

Wines from Australia, California, South America and Europe are represented in the World Vineyard Collection. These are perfect if you enjoy versatile wines that don’t require extended aging but still offer distinct flavours from  some of the great wine regions in the world.



Barons Brown - $4 off

Deep chestnut coloured ale with a full-bodied, roasted malt flavour. Precisely balanced with hop flavour, aroma, and maltiness to bring out this beer's true character!  

This brown ale is more full bodied and flavorful than lagers in general, thereby providing a nice autumn or winter drink as well as many food pairing possibilities. With its smooth mouth feel, lightly roasted sweet malt taste, and subtle nutty butteriness, Baron's Brown Ale makes for a very pleasant drink similar to our English neighbours Newcastle.

Try this Ale with 1056 American Ale yeast.

Add 500ml pasteurised honey to carboy to make a Honey Brown.  Or, try our Stout add-on pack at $12.95 and create our Award winning Stout!  With roasted milled barley, oatmeal and Cascade Hops you will enjoy the adventure of simmering these grains and adding them to your Brown Ale Kit. Try Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale yeast.  If stored in a glass bottle try aging your stout - I had the pleasure of sampling a bottle that was 4 years old, it was amazing!


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Saturday October 11-- 10-6
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Monday October 13-- Closed

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