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!

November 2009


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Small Lots Okanagan Pinot Blanc

November 6, 2009

photo3-150x150I had some friends over for dinner the other night. One of my guests had brought a bottle of the ‘small lots’ Selection Estate Okanagan Pinot Blanc that she was really excited for me to try. It had a nice full body and notes of apple and pear. I was serving a beef stir-fry and I found that it had enough character and body to really enhance the dish.

The wine was only a few months old and has the potential to really develop into a very fine wine.

The moral of the story is whenever a limited run wine kit is being promoted – BUY IT!

(Wine Sense –
Portage Avenue)

Filed under: General by Carol

Do you like it?

November 6, 2009

M2U001061-150x150One of my customers asked me, “How do I know if my wine is good?”
Great question. What makes a wine good? Is it where the grape was grown, grape varietal, were the grape stompers feet clean?
I asked her, “Do you like it?” –Yes.
“Do your friends and family like it?” – Yes.
“Will you make it again?” – Yes.
I told her, “Then it’s a good wine.”
Keep it simple folks. If you like it, it is good.

Manager (Wine Sense – Pembina Highway)

Filed under: General by Bruce

World Vineyard Italian Barolo

November 6, 2009

JimAnother new wine opportunity for me. I have completed making the new World Vineyard Italian Barolo. The Barolo wine is fast becoming one of my favorite red wines. This wine kit made up very easily and the instructions were simple to follow.

In the first stage the fermentation started almost immediately with pressure on the plastic cover within a couple of hours. My room temperature was consistent at 22C throughout the full time period.

By stage two in 5 days the SG was 1.004, which is consistent with the instructions.

Stage three took a little longer than the instructions, 14 days before I got 2 consecutive SG readings of .992. Stabilizing went well, the wine degassed properly and once again I got to play with my Wine Whip 😀 .

By bottling day the wine had cleared to a beautiful ruby red. After racking it to another carboy I decided I would filter this wine. I don’t filter all of my wines but because I want to drink this wine early, I did.

My bottling is finished and I totally enjoyed the aroma of this wine while I was leaning over the bottles as they filled. Believe it or not there was a glass of wine left over for me to analyze. This time my planning was perfect, just before supper. So I tested the wine by it’s self and found it enjoyable but young, I would give it a month or two to age. But with supper I found it superb very robust and the tannins where perfect. So either way it’s good out of the carboy or with aging.

Remember your best 2 bottles of wine will be your last 2 bottles of wine. So don’t wait, put another kit on.

Jim Everton
Manager (Wine Sense – Southdale)

Filed under: New Products by Jim


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