A Sense of Wine

A Sense of Wine is Wine Sense's journal of new products, techniques and behind the scenes info for those who love to make wine. The authors are the Wine Sense staff. You will be familiar with them as the friendly faces that serve you whenever you stop by one of the stores. Join us as we share our insights on new procucts, advice and our experiences. Please feel free to comment on any posts- we look forward to your input!

September 2012


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Noun: The Capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

What has patience got to do with winemaking? EVERYTHING.

Wine making from kits is not an exact science. It is very, very close but not exact. There are a few factors that will effect your winemaking process but for the most part if you have a little patience it will all work out : )

-If your room temperature is too cool your wine may not ferment within the guidelines in the instructions- but if you’re patient for a couple of days- it will get there.

-If your room is too cool and the wine does not clear in the instruction time frame, give it some more time- it will clear.

-If your wine is not degassed properly the wine may not clear within the instructions timeline. But if you stir or ‘whip’ a little more it will clear.

Again most of the issues are caused by deviating from the instructions- and for the most part temperature variations (seemingly a part of life in Manitoba) are the cause. But if you are patient your wine will get to where it’s supposed to be if given a couple of extra days.

And Most importantly- patience in the bottle! All good wines will improve with age. That’s why most commercial wines are not even released to the public without a year or two of ageing. See if you can find a 2012 bottle at the wine store!

All that being said- Myself and all of your Wine Sense staff members are always happy to answer any concerns you may have.


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

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