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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4 On-Site Wineries to Serve You!

October 14, 2015

The third and fourth Wine Sense On-Site Wineries are now open at our Portage Avenue and Southdale Square locations! They join our McPhillips St and Brandon locations as we continue to convert our stores so we can offer this great service to you!

Southdale Square customers have been patiently waiting as what
we thought would be our first store to convert has ended up being the fourth as we navigated the city permit process. But it’s ready to go with a nickel wire racking in our Winery, a triple cartridge water filter and a 3 compartment stainless steel sink.

If you’ve been in our Portage Avenue location recently you’ve no doubt noticed the work going on. We’ve doubled the size of our store which now includes an expanded retail side to accommodate the bottling station for customers to bottle their wines at and we’ve also added a 1000 square foot winery! The winery side has brand new welded, vinyl flooring for easy cleaning and like our other locations nickel plated, stainless, wire shelving for easy cleaning, a stainless steel 3 compartment sink and a triple cartridge water filter for consistent water quality for winemaking.

All of our Wineries are run with our custom made Winery App. When you make your kit purchase to be made in our Wineries your wine kit is scanned into the Wine Sense Winery App, bar coded and is tracked from start to finish. All actions that are taken on your wine are tracked on iPads and the winery workers involved in the production are recorded. Your Bottling Appointment is recorded in the App and it even sends you an email to confirm your bottling appointment!

We’ve also added a Training Center at our Portage Avenue location for staff meetings and training sessions so our staff are always well trained and up to date on recent developments and trends.

For the customer- you get to use our Automatic 2 Head Bottle Fillers, our Pneumatic Corkers and our Heat Shrinkers which very quickly heat the Shrink Top onto your bottles. To clean your bottles you get to use our Automatic Bottle Washers which will do 30 bottles at a time- it doesn’t get any easier! Check out the videos below to see how easy it is!

What is On-Site Winemaking?

Also known as U-Vint, U-Brew and Wine-On-Premise, ‘On-Site’ Winemaking has been allowed in all provinces (except Manitoba and Alberta) for as long as 20 years. Now Manitobans get to join in the fun!

It’s a big change for our industry- in provinces like Ontario and B.C. where they have offered the service for almost 20 years- the vast majority of wine is made at stores with very little being made at home.

Simply put we do most of the work for you in our stores…

-You choose and pay for your wine.

-We quickly prep it for you in our In-Store Winery facility.

-You pitch (add) the yeast.

-We ferment, degas, stabilize and filter your wine in our In-Store Winery.

-You come back when the wine is ready and bottle your wine using our Winery Bottle Washers, Bottle Fillers and Corkers.

You don’t have to worry about the heavy lifting or any of the clean-up!

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Wines clearing at our McPhillips St On-Site Winery!

 

It’s a great service for those with space or time limitations, people who have trouble lifting the kits and carboys or for those who don’t want to make the ‘commitment’ to buy equipment. You can buy one kit and have it made for you in our winery and still save a great deal of money over the commercial price. 30 bottles of our best wine can be had for about $200!

How much does it cost?

We have three options:

Basic- Includes our In-Store Winery Service where we ferment, degas, stabilize and filter your wine, the use of our Automatic Bottle Washer to clean and sanitize your bottles, our automatic Electric 2-Head Bottle Fillers, our Pneumatic automatic Corkers and 30 regular corks for only $49.99.

Intermediate- Includes our In-Store Winery Service where we ferment, degas, stabilize and filter your wine, the use of our Automatic Bottle Washer to clean and sanitize your bottles, our automatic Electric 2-Head Bottle Fillers, our Pneumatic automatic Corkers and 30 Nomacorc synthetic corks for long term storage for only $54.99.

Deluxe- Includes our In-Store Winery Service where we ferment, degas, stabilize and filter your wine, the use of our Automatic Bottle Washer to clean and sanitize your bottles, our automatic Electric 2-Head Bottle Fillers, our Pneumatic automatic Corkers and 30 Nomacorc synthetic corks for long term storage and 30 Custom Wine Labels for only $59.99.

How does it work?

Check out these videos shot in June when City TV came by to visit us to see what was coming:


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