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 2012


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Making Multiples? Then Make Notes!

June 29, 2012

Making more than one wine kit at a time? 

Here’s a hint from someone who makes 3-4 kits at a time. 

Use a permanent marker to identify the add-packs for each wine. Mark the add pack and F pack with the name of the kit that they belong to. 

You will also want to mark your pail and carboy with the kit/style as well so you match the right add-pack to the right carboy.

A Wine Sense Wine Log is the best way to identify your Pails and Carboys- there’s a place to mark the wine’s brand, style and production code along with your dates and hydrometer readings. It also has all of Wine Sense’s contact information in case you wish to contact us with any questions.

Again, a permanent marker and tape (duct tape if you’re a Red Green fan) works just fine too. The important thing is to identify everything.

Don’t trust your memory… there’s nothing worse than staring at multiple carboys and trying to guess which pack goes in which wine!


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

Filed under: General by WineSense

Introducing Mike and Amarone!

June 21, 2012

Hello Folks,

My name is Mike and I am the new manager at the store in Southdale Square along Fermor Ave. I love wine, beer and food so even though I do not sell food at the store I love to talk about it! Looking for food pairing options for your delicious beverage? I can most certainly help you with that! See a varietal or blend you have never heard of? I can help with that as well! Come see me for any questions you have about our wine or beer kits.

I am also an avid blogger, so check periodically for my posts about pairings, recipes, new products and just about anything else relating to food or beverages.  I have been in the wine industry for over 10 years and have a wealth of experience. My most recent bottling will be our topic today.

You may have seen a new addition in our last newsletter, Cellar Craft Sterling Amarone. I had the pleasure of making this kit for our staff. This is the first time we have a 5 week kit with grape skins included. For those of you who are not familiar with Amarone, it is an Italian style of wine. The grapes are picked and allowed to dry and shrivel, producing a wine with beautiful dried fruit characteristics. The higher concentration of sugars also brings a higher ABV(Alcohol By Volume), usually around 15%.

I decided I would treat myself to a nice dinner and picked up a rib steak on the way home, along with some veggies. The Amarone has been in the bottle for about 3 weeks now, still young for this style but I decided that my steak would be more than enough to soften the tannins. Wow, was I right! The first note was of dried cherry, with a slight hint of dried fig and the tannins were indeed grippy. There was even a hint of vanilla in the bouquet.

The first bite of steak was unbelievable and it just got better and better! A sip after each bite and I was thoroughly enjoying the pleasures of life. Some fettucini with pan fried mushrooms and zucchini rounded out the meal perfectly. I almost thought of myself in the Italian province of Verona, where Amarone originates. Alas, reality eventually brought me back to Winnipeg but what an experience.

This kit is an amazing value at $79.99 and I highly suggest you come pick one up! Then, you too can experience the pleasure that a great Amarone can bring to your day!



 Mike Simon, Manager (Wine Sense- Southdale Square)

Filed under: General, Wine, New Products by WineSense

Real Men Drink Pink? – yes they do, especially on Father’s Day!

June 20, 2012

Even though it threatened to rain, (and eventually it did!) we had a Father’s Day BBQ for my husband Don, his Dad and brother along with their spouses. 

The food was the basic BBQ fair, but I made it a special event by setting the table with fine china and crystal. 

In chilled crystal champagne flutes I served SELECTION FRENCH ROSE instead of Champagne. The crisp fruit flavours were enjoyed by all! 

Who knows perhaps we have started a new tradition for our celebrations?


Diane (Wine Sense- McPhillips)

Filed under: Wine by WineSense

Gift Ideas for Dad!

June 15, 2012

Fathers Day is coming……FAST! What do you get the man who has everything????

Here’s a few ideas that every winemaking Dad would love- and a couple of them require a power tool which will make him even happier : )



The Wine Whip- This masterful device fits into your household drill and will degass a wine in under 4 minutes. A wonderful time saver and a much more effective way to degas a wine. 


The Carboy Cleaner- Fit the Carboy Cleaner into your household drill and quickly scrub the inside of your carboy. Click to see a Video of the Carboy Cleaner in action. It’s like a car wash in your carboy!


A Wine Kit- Show Dad how much he means to you by getting him his favourite wine kit or maybe one of our new wine kits that include Grapeskins… a little more hands on for Dad’s inner ‘craftsman’!

A Wine Sense Gift Card- Not sure what Dad needs? Let him decide with a Wine Sense Gift Card- available in any value you wish.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)


Filed under: General by WineSense


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