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!

August 2020


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The Snow is Blowing Today…

January 11, 2013

Looking outside and seeing the blowing snow and feeling the chill of winter it is hard to believe that summer is just months away. Have you checked your wine inventory to ensure you have enough made for the barbecue evenings, weekends and neighbourhood get-togethers?

Summer is closer than you think!

The snow is blowing today but in a few short months the sun will be shining. Now is the time to start your Mist kits, your BBQ reds and whites or just your favourite sitting in the backyard sipping wines. Start now so you won’t have to rush later- and you’ll get the benefit of a little bit of ageing!

The two wines that I’ll have in quantity for this summer are the Selection French Rose that will be available in March and the fabulous NEW Eclipse German Gewürztraminer being released in February. As for reds, I make all of the Limited Edition kits so I have  an ample supply of aged reds.

Happy Fermenting,

Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

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Waiter… There’s a Raspberry in My Cabernet!

January 4, 2013

Waiter… there’s a raspberry in my Cabernet!

When you’re in the wine business you spend a lot of time talking to customers about wine. Which is a wonderful way to spend your days- but there is always one little piece of the puzzle that doesn’t always fit for the customer. How does wine – when it’s made from grapes – have aromas and flavours ranging from citrus notes to berry flavours to hints of coffee and the finish of chocolate?

As mysterious and exciting and fancy as wine can be to drink and discuss it really just comes down to science.

Simply put- when grapes are fermented into wine they possess a range of chemical compounds that are responsible for the aromas and flavours found in an endless variety of foods found in nature. 

Taste blackberries in your favourite Cabernet Sauvignon? There are no blackberries in your Cabernet but it does possess the compound that gives blackberries their distinctive flavour.

Taste green apple in your favourite Pinot Gris? That’s because Pinot Gris grapes once fermented possess the same compound that gives green apples their crisp flavour.

And that goes for all of the flavours and aromas you see wines described as having- citrus, raspberries, herbal notes, leather, tobacco, chocolate, coffee and much, much more.

And it doesn’t stop at wine. If you remember Tim’s Blog from 2009 he discussed how astrobiologists found Ethyl Formate at the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy. Ethyl Formate is responsible for giving raspberries their flavour. So if you love the raspberry flavours in your Selection Australian Cabernet Sauvignon– you can thank Ethyl Formate! 

And you’ll also probably like how the Milky Way Galaxy tastes…


Craig- Wine Sense

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Happy New Year!

December 28, 2012

As 2012 is quickly fading away- I wish to thank all of our friends, old and new, a safe and Happy New Year. Rest assured I will drink a toast to all of you- and because I really care about you, I will be toasting you with a 2009 Limited Edition Petit Verdot and the last bottle I have of 2009 Limited Edition Pacific Quartet! If you have made either of those wines you know I’m going to have a great New Years Eve  😀

Whatever wine you choose to ring in the New Year with- have a happy and safe New Years Eve!


Happy New Year!

Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

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Wine Pairings for Christmas Dinner

December 21, 2012

The big dinner is only a few days away and if you’re wondering what wines to drink with the big bird here’s a few safe bets-

– For red wine lovers choose a lighter wine like Pinot Noir– its more elegant nature will not over power either turkey or ham.

– For white wine lovers most good white wines will do. Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio will work well and dry is better choice than sweet.

– A nice Blush will also work very well with both turkey and ham but again don’t go too sweet. A French or Spanish Rosé will both work wonderfully. 

But when it’s all said and done any wine you have on hand is better than no wine at all!

I wish to take a moment to wish you and your families a safe and Merry Christmas. Eat, drink (wine of course) and be merry.

Merry Christmas!

Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

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