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 Wine Cellar Guard

October 19, 2012

My wife and I sometimes “cat sit” our neighbour’s cat Skeeter.

Skeeter Guards the Wine!

As his kind are known to be- Skeeter is a curious cat. Don’t even try to degass or bottle wine when he is around as he insists on helping and to no surprise- causing spillage of valuable wine.

Skeeter does have his useful side, though. For some reason he likes to guard my wine cellar when he’s visiting. He even has his own special spot in my wine rack. Unfortunately for Skeeter though-  the Limited Editions are coming and I’ll have to fill his spot.

I will make it up to him though… how about a Fancy Feast? Hmmm what goes with tuna?


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)


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Construction Season

September 28, 2012

There is an old saying in Manitoba. “There are two seasons. Winter and construction.” Well- our construction season is here with a vengeance. Pembina Highway is now and has been for the last 4 weeks “under construction”. From Plaza to Chevrier there are lane closures on both sides of Pembina Highway which seems to be slowing things down.

If you’re heading from the North it’s still pretty easy to get to us although traffic may be a bit slower.

If you’re heading from the South things are a little more challenging. You might have go a little further North than usual and pull a U-turn to get back. Or you can save time if you can get into the Power Center (where Staples is) on the North East Corner of Pembina and Bishop Grandin. You can sneak through their parking lot and exit at their lights and turn left on to Pembina Hwy and we’re right there.

If you’re not sure of the easiest way give me a call at 204-275-2337 and I’ll let you know what the best route is on any given day.

We, unfortunately have no control the slow slow pace of road construction. What we can control is helping you save money. Our latest newsletter is loaded with savings on a wide variety of wine kits. Some savings are outstanding, for example: 


For Winnipegers Construction and Bargains are a way of life- so we’ll see you soon!


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

















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September 7, 2012


Noun: The Capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

What has patience got to do with winemaking? EVERYTHING.

Wine making from kits is not an exact science. It is very, very close but not exact. There are a few factors that will effect your winemaking process but for the most part if you have a little patience it will all work out : )

-If your room temperature is too cool your wine may not ferment within the guidelines in the instructions- but if you’re patient for a couple of days- it will get there.

-If your room is too cool and the wine does not clear in the instruction time frame, give it some more time- it will clear.

-If your wine is not degassed properly the wine may not clear within the instructions timeline. But if you stir or ‘whip’ a little more it will clear.

Again most of the issues are caused by deviating from the instructions- and for the most part temperature variations (seemingly a part of life in Manitoba) are the cause. But if you are patient your wine will get to where it’s supposed to be if given a couple of extra days.

And Most importantly- patience in the bottle! All good wines will improve with age. That’s why most commercial wines are not even released to the public without a year or two of ageing. See if you can find a 2012 bottle at the wine store!

All that being said- Myself and all of your Wine Sense staff members are always happy to answer any concerns you may have.


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

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Cellar Craft Wine Kits

August 31, 2012

As you know, we started carrying the Cellar Craft wine kit line in January. Vineco, one of our two wine kit manufactures took a look at Cellar Craft and said “We liked it so much we bought the company.”

Cellar Craft Sterling wines are light enough for sipping on their own and are hearty enough to compliment your favourite meals. At this point we are stocking the reds- they contain a unique, varietal-specific Crushed Grape Pack for true fermented-on-the-skins flavour and aromas. Usually bottled in as little as 5 – 6 weeks. The reds will require a few months of cellaring to show their charm. These are 12 litre wine kits that include grape skins. The skins will improve the body, depth of colour, and the flavour or taste of each glass poured. Early drinking at a value price. Life doesn’t get any better.

The 18 litre Cellar Craft Showcase offer even more character as well as vineyard specific varietals. The red wine offerings also have the varietal-specific Crushed Grape Packs which give you wonderful wines with character that shines while young- but reward those who can be patient with terrific depth and finish. Cellar Craft Showcase is ready in about 6 weeks.

We’ve had great feed-back on these wines and are pleased to add them to our collection of excellent wines!


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)


P.S. The Cellar Craft Flavoured Ports have just arrived- don’t miss out if you did not order one!

Filed under: General, New Products by WineSense


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