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!

June 2011


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The First of Many

June 10, 2011

Here I sit in front of my computer to write my first of many weekly blogs. I will state outright that I am NOT a writer- but I am a winemaker. I’ve been making my own wine for 14 years and have been with Wine Sense for 11 years. I have made or at least tasted all of the wines produced by Winexpert and Vineco, our two wine kit manufacturer/suppliers.

Although they’re all quality wines I do have my likes and even some dislikes- and many, many favourites.

About me… I am in my 50’s and have managed the Pembina Highway Wine Sense location for 10 years. I have a strong passion for this great industry and of course for wine- as such I have completed two retailer courses offered by Winexpert: Winemaking Excellence I and Winemaking Excellence II (taught by the entertaining and knowledgeable Tim Vandergrift). I have also taken other wine courses offered by the MLCC, Wine Spectator and the International Sommelier Guild. At last count I’ve won 15 medals at the Winemaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition- the world’s largest amateur winemaking competition.

My likes include- my wife of 21 years, wine making, wine drinking, cooking with wine, my new barbeque, working in my yard, and doing nothing (of which my wife says I am a Pro).

My experiences as a winemaker are no doubt more extensive than my experiences as a writer but my passion for wine trumps my apprehension as a wordsmith. Thus my desire to write a weekly blog. I can promise I will try to be insightful, informative, and funny- but as I stated… I am not a writer.

Let’s see what happens shall we?


Bruce, Manager and now weekly blogger (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)


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