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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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

Better Instructions Mean Better Wine!

October 26, 2012

As many of you have noticed the instructions for making wine kits are changing. (We all read the instructions, right?).

One change that stands out to me is the fermentation temperature. 

There is no longer the 10 degree fermenting range. Now it is between 22-24 Celsius (72-75 Farenheit). This is a little warmer than room temperature in most homes. The reasoning? To make the wine making process easier. The slightly warmer temperature will get your fermentation started faster- which will start your out gassing sooner which will make degassing easier.

If you think you might have trouble staying in this temperature range try a Heat Belt. I use the Heat Belt to ensure my fermentation temperatures are correct. To save time I have Stick on Digital Thermometers on all of my primaries and carboys. I can check their temperatures at a glance.

Correct temperature = proper fermentation = peace of mine = great wine. 

Happy fermenting!


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

Filed under: General, Equipment by WineSense

The Right Tool for the Job!

October 12, 2012

Is it not amazing how such a simple tool can save you so much work? When I was starting my wine kit the other day I could not find my Bag De-Capper. What is a Bag De-Capper you ask? A Bag De-Capper is a small plastic tool that takes the yellow cap off the bag of juice/concentrate in your wine kit. Just slip the Bag De-Capper under the lip of the yellow cab, twist your wrist and boom off comes the yellow cap.

Hmmm… what were my options? I could pry it off with my fingers but that usually results in sore fingers and bent fingernails. A Screwdriver? That would only hurt a little bit if I jabbed myself with it. I could slice the bag open with a knife… but that’s a pretty big potential mess if I miss the pail…

Fortunately, I found my Bag De-Capper while looking for a suitable option.

Use the right tool and save time!



Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

Filed under: Equipment by WineSense

It’s About What You Don’t Know!

August 3, 2012

I had a customer come in this morning who boldly told me he had never used a hydrometer. He has been making wine for several years & he said it’s always turned out (and fortunately the kits are so well made today that you can get a way without taking a hydrometer reading). But I explained you will make better wine when you use a hydrometer. Otherwise how do you really know your wine is finished fermenting? How do know if it’s ready for stabilizing? How do know if the wine is ready for bottling?

With a greater understanding of the importance of the Hydrometer he revealed that his real issue was that he was not sure how to take a hydrometer reading when the wine was in the carboy. What a great question! I explained that the easiest way was with The Thief– a very simple tool for taking samples and hydrometer readings.

My customer thanked us and left with his new Thief to go home and take his Hydrometer Readings… and to make better wine!

* Click here if you would like more information about Using Your Hydrometer.


Vic, Manager (Wine Sense- Brandon)

Filed under: General, Equipment by WineSense


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