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 2010


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More Gamay Nouveau Party Fun!

November 15, 2010

Craig1Henry and Lynda Nelson (Wine Sense Portage Avenue location customers) got into the Gamay Nouveau Party spirit on Friday, November 12th. They thought a Gamay Nouveau Party would be a great theme for an engagement party for their nephew and his fiance who are getting married in January.

I’ll let Lynda explain the festivities in her own words:

We have been making wine since 2001, have attended the Wine Sene Limited Edition Wine Tastings for the last 6 years, and always enjoy the Special Releases.  We have purchased Beaujolais Nouveau in the past and were excited about making our own!
Our guest list of approximately 25 included family members of both the bride and groom and spanned an age range of 18 months to 85 years.  We wanted a casual fun evening for people to mingle and talk, it was the first time some of the people from the two families met.

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Our wine was perfectly chilled in a vintage galvanized tub we snagged from the farm. It looked and tasted great.  (My sister thought every bottle was even better than the previous one!)  It was great fun to have everyone choose their wine glass based on the assortment of “charms” attached and savour their first “pour”.  After a suitable period for compliments and accolades it was on to the dining room to sample cheeses, crackers, breads, and other assorted savories, such as olives, home made pickles, and little glazed sauages.  Our cheeses included a local cheddar, a French Swiss, Edam, a baked Brie, and some creamy goat cheese with Herbes de Provence.  Cheeses were served in chunks on butcher paper, we kept it interactive by having each guest cut cheese and slice bread to their own liking.  Judging by the conversation and constant returns to the table, everything worked well together.  The set up took a bit of planning, but once everything was set out the party was a breeze to host, all we had to do was keep refilling wine glasses!

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After a gift presentation, and more wine, we served a light lunch of cold meats, buns, assorted condiments, coffee, tea and assorted dainties.
We were very happy with the wine and the party and everyone had a fabulous tim

We hope you do another Gamay Nouveau kit next year.

Well Lynda, based on the great feedback we’ve received at Wine Sense- I’m sure you can expect to see Gamay Nouveau return next September!

It looks like everyone had a great time at the Nelson’s party! You can view more photos of Lynda and Henry’s party at the Wine Sense facebook page.

Keep an eye to A Sense of Wine and the Wine Sense facebook page for more upcoming Gamay Nouveau Parties!


Craig, Wine Sense

Filed under: General by Craig

It's Tasting Time!

November 15, 2010

Craig1It’s that time of year again, when Wine Sense hosts our Limited Edition Wine Tastings. If you’ve never attended one of our Limited Edition Wine Tastings here is what you’re missing:

-A chance to hear Tim Vandergrift’s always entertaining and informative presentation on the Limited Edition wines and a chance to speak in person with him. Tim has an incredible wealth of wine and winemaking knowledge.

-A chance to taste this year’s Limited Edition wines and the opportunity to try each wine with a complimintary food pairing.

-A great evening of fun, food and wine and most importantly great people. Our Limited Edition Wine Tastings have become a social event for many of our customers- they come in groups with their friends and have a great time.


For the Wine Sense folks it’s an incredible opportunity to spend time with our customers and enjoy a glass of wine with you. It’s a great place to enjoy our shared passion together. Although our tastings are planned around the very popular Limited Edition program they are a great example of why wine is the special beverage that it is.

Good people enjoying good times with a glass of good wine.

Hope to see you there!


Craig, Wine Sense

Filed under: General by Craig


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