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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!

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FYI- or Follow Your Instructions

July 8, 2011

As a rule, there are only two types of instructions I read, power tools and wine kits. The power tools are a no brainer. I don’t want to cut my fool fingers off.The wine kit instructions are because I want my wine to turn out every time.

Whatever wine kit you buy, the wine kit instructions are set up for that kit. Each manufacturer spends countless hours designing their instructions to best provide you with winemaking success.

Compared to most- wine kit instructions are quite easy to follow!

Also, manufacturers change instructions from time to time. This is often done as a result of product or technological improvements- so if you don’t follow the instructions you may not see the benefits of these improvements.

Finally- what is good for one kit may not work in another- so read the instructions, follow the instructions and believe the instructions.

When in doubt?

Contact any of your Wine Sense wine consultants. We’re all trained to help you with any questions you might have- and if you manage to stump us… we’ll contact the manufacturer and get you the information that you need.

Cheers,

Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Highway)


Filed under: General by WineSense

Brunello Pairs Perfectly with Pizza

July 7, 2011

Last night I picked up a couple of pizza’s for supper. I was very pleased with how good the Limited Edition Italian Brunello (2009 Limited Edition Program) went with basic pepperoni pizza. The fruit and tannins in the Brunell balanced wonderfully with the sauce and spice of the pepperoni.

Brunello is a perfect Italian food wine and will pair well with any tomato based Italian foods.

Cheer’s,

Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Highway)


Filed under: General, Wine by WineSense

Trying Traminer-Riesling

July 7, 2011

On Saturday after work I decided to open a bottle of the Traminer-Riesling blend by Selection International. This is a nice easy to drink blend of two very tasty grapes- Gewurztraminer and Riesling. It was sweet on the front end with notes of crisp apples on the finish. Traminer-Riesling would be a nice patio wine without being as fruity or sweet as a ‘mist wine’. It’s wonderful on its own or will pair nicely with simply prepared salmon or chicken.

Salut’

Karen (Wine Sense- Brandon)


Filed under: General, Wine by WineSense

Trying the LE Shiraz Viognier

July 7, 2011

On a recent day off I decided to try the Limited Edition Australian Shiraz Viognier from the 2010 Limited Edition program. I bottled it in late January.

This was the wine I liked the most at November’s Limited Edition Tastings and the kit does not disappoint. It displays the nice fruit flavours and spice that Shiraz is known for and the really unique flavour and amplified fruitiness that comes from the Viognier.

Now the hard part will be staying away from it!

Cheers,

Bob, Manager (Wine Sense- Springfield Road)


Filed under: General by WineSense



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