The Home Vintner - The Home Vintner Monthly Newsletter - February 2012

February 2012

In this newsletter

February  Limited Editions
Airborne Yeast
Buyer Beware
All World Vineyard on sale
Facebook Winner Monthly Prize Winner
Wine & Beer Classes
Wine & Beer on Sale


 We will honour your Groupons after they expire. Click here to see our Event Calendar to find a convenient date for you to attend a wine & beer making class and then reserve your seat - either phone us at (403) 284-0486 or email us at

WineMaker Magazine Int. Amateur Wine Competition is the largest amateur winemaking competition in North America.  Wine kits compete side-by-side in a blind judging across all categories with wines made from grapes and/or juices.  At the April 2011 competition wines made with Winexpert's premium quality brands were awarded 220 medals bringing our total to 1766 medals in the 9 annual competitions held so far.

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


Click here to read our blog


 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)


Winexpert is the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer winemaking products

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...
the wine and beer making lifestyle.
Become a winemaker or grow your winemaking skills with Winexpert wine kits, equipment, supplies, and (most importantly) advice and ideas.


Click here to view this years Limited Edition videos - with complete written descriptions of our five 2011 Limited Edition wines. 
Washington Meritage - now available
South African Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon - now available
California Petite Sirah/Zinfandel - now available
German Traminer Spatlese - March
Spanish Matador Trio Red - April

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


Cross contamination between airborne beer yeast and wine yeast is always a concern. And, for our rural customers, another problem is "eau du moo"!! A "barnyard bouquet" can be appropriate in a well aged burgundy, but absolutely not for other styles of wine or beer! The Home Vintner carries 30 L primaries with a snap down air tight seal, along with a bung and airlock, to protect the wine and beer. We recommend 1 primary exclusively for wine and 1 exclusively for beer. This insures no crossover of odours between the two.

If you notice scratches in your primary, this could be trapping bacteria, and this is a good time to replace the primary. Our primaries are the highest quality plastic available on the market today, with a 5 Code. The next level up would be to step up to our new stainless steel primaries, which are completely neutral. This is the same caliber used by wineries to ferment both wine and beer. - from Paul


The Home Vintner guarantees our kits 100%!  Most stores don't, but it is easy for us to offer this service as we carry the best kits on the market. We absolutely do not want our customers to drink any wine or beer from a kit that isn't 100% in quality. We educate our customers with classes, utilizing proper techniques to make award winning wine and beer. Yes, we will even guarantee our kits if YOU make a mistake as long as you use our corks and caps.   Rick S, customer of the Airdrie store, accidentally added water to his Chocolate Raspberry Port!  He was delighted when we replaced it for him and stated, "I didn't expect this!" Remember, we will always stand behind our product!  - from Paul


With the closing of a number of local wine kit stores we are seeing an influx of new customers.  We are discovering a lot of old school techniques and out of date methods. My suggestion is if you are new to The Home Vintner, enroll in one of our weekly wine and beer making classes.  Invest an evening and learn current processes.  When you use our techniques you will be rewarded with the best home crafted wine. - from Ron at the NW store.


During February all World Vineyard wine kits are on sale - $5 off!  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.




Join us on facebook to enter our draw. To qualify for the draw become a friend of The Home Vintner on Facebook. This months winner of a $25 gift certificate is: Alastair P.

click here to become a friend on facebook...


Monthly, each wine or beer purchase automatically enters you into our monthly draw.  Congratulations to Vince M from our Cochrane store - pick up your $25 gift certificate at the Cochrane store.


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...


Join Paul & Ron at this informative and fun evening at the Northwest Calgary store! Learn how you can take our full malt award winning Barons kits and create your brew to your palate. Secrets shared from our Award Winning Brew Master! Pre-registration please by calling 403-284-0486 or email  Cost for this popular event is $ 25 per person.



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 Valpolicella Style - Bronze Award Winner

This red wine is typically made from three red grape varietals. Light bodied and often served slightly chilled.

This Italian style wine has a delicate bouquet, rich texture, has a smooth, easy drinking style, fragrant and fruity with delicate notes of red berries.  This is a great wine for pizza and pasta.

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

Vintner's Reserve Liebraumilch Style

Liebfraumilch is a German word literally meaning “Beloved lady’s milk”.  Amazingly true to style, this blend epitomizes the classic white wine style that Germany is renowned for. Ripe sweet fruit fills the mouth of this easy drinking, semi-sweet white wine.  The agreeable sweet finish is accomplished through adding our F-pack.

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


ALL ON SALE IN FEBRUARY.  Wines from Australia, California, South America and Europe are represented in the Vintners Reserve World Vineyard Collection. These wines are perfect if you enjoy versatile wines which don't require extended aging but still offer distinct flavours from some of the great wine regions in the world. 


Redwood Ale

Deep copper with hints of garnet and amber. Big, round, rich, full-bodied brown ale in the English style - our Redwood has a complex taste with perfect balance. It is full of flavour, with notes of toast, fruit and nuts. The superior maltiness and body in this flavoursome ale are derived from a special blend of blonde and crystal malt. Full and refreshing.

Redwood Chocolate Ale is made with 500 gm of chocolate malt available with our recipe. The final product is an extremely dark, rich ale. Redwood has become my favorite because it's snappy and robust. The chocolate creates a great background flavour that, in it's own way is a bit mellow. I may be biased here because I am a chocoholic but this ale tends to leave a very characteristic taste that lingers on long after the last mouthful - from Rob the creator of this great beer! Click here to read our blog on this beer...

Try Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale yeast.

Click here to follow Ron as he takes you step by step in making the Redwood Chocolate Ale. 

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