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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It’s Time to Bottle!

December 14, 2012

The Easiest Way to Clean Your Bottles!

As we get closer to Christmas many winemakers are in a hurry to get their wine bottled. As a result, many of my customers are asking me what the best way is to I sanitize their bottles.

I recommend two methods:

1- Bring them into my store on Pembina Highway and run the through our Automatic Bottle Washer. The Bottle Washer is a modified industrial dishwasher that sanitizes 30 bottles inside and out in under 8 minutes. Very fast!

2- If coming in to the store is not convenient then I recommend using an Avvinatore Bottle Sulphiter and Aseptox (no rinse sanitizer) to sanitize the inside of the bottles. The Avvinatore squirts sanitizer inside your clean bottles. Then hang the sterilized bottles on a Bottle Tree to drip dry. The Bottle Tree keeps your bottling area neat and tidy while you clean and bottle.

Both methods will save you a lot of time when sanitizing bottles and help relieve a little ‘Holiday Stress’!

Happy Fermenting,

Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

Oh yes, for your bottle cleaning convenience, there are Automatic Bottle Washers at our Vermillion, Pembina, Portage and Brandon locations.


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The Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

December 7, 2012

Apparently people don’t always finish the bottle?!

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? How about the Wine Sense Bottle Stopper? It’s a silicon cap that fits flush on your bottle so the bottle can fit easily in your fridge on the shelf or in the door with out a big hinge or decorative piece getting in the way. The seal is so good the bottle can be stored on its side.

The stoppers come in burgundy and green and will fit in any stocking, so pick some up for all your wine making and wine drinking friends.

The best part? They’re only $1.99 each!

Merry Christmas,

Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)


Filed under: General, Equipment by WineSense

Tick…tick…tick….

November 30, 2012

Can you believe it? December already. We have cold, snow, and short days. Where does the time go? There are 3 things I really enjoy about December. 

1) Winter Solstice- Yep- on December 21st the days start getting longer : )
2) Christmas- It is a great time to spend time with friends and family. It is also a time to relax and eat lots of turkey 

(and drink wine). 
3) The release of the new Limited Edition wine kits- You have until Thursday December 7th to pre-order. 

How do you pre-order you ask? Easy! 

-You can visit your favourite Wine Sense store and pre-order with your friendly Wine Sense staff.
-You can phone your favourite Wine Sense store and pre-order over the phone. 
-You can pre-order online at mywinesense.com or by clicking here.

A $15 deposit guarantees your kits!

And don’t forget- This year all Limited Edition wine kits are 18 litres! 

Happy fermenting,

Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Highway)


Filed under: General by WineSense

Wine Tasting Fun!

November 23, 2012

Happy wine tasters at the Winnipeg Festival!

Well, the Limited Edition Wine Tasting Festivals and Component Wine Tastings are over- 4 fun nights of wine. Thanks to all of our friends who attended each night. It was great seeing and talking with you about the LE2012 wines. It’s always a treat for all of the Wine Sense staff to be able to chat with our customers with a glass of wine in our hands!

The new Component Tastings we offered this year were very popular with great feed-back from our customers as a great way to learn about wine in general followed by a guided tasting of the LE2012 wines.

There is still time to reserve the 2012’s if you haven’t done so- the pre-order deadline is December 7th. So stop in to your favourite Wine Sense location or by clicking through to our secure online LE2012 Pre-order App.

7 wines and 5 Components at the Component Tasting

Tim was a hit on all 4 nights and entertained and informed as usual!

On a personal note- if you’re a red wine drinker and do not reserve an Italian Nebbiolo with crushed Grapeskins, you will be missing out on one great wine.

And remember- all 5 styles are 18 litres this year! That means you’re only adding 5 litres of water!

See you soon.
Happy fermenting.

Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)


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