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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There’s a New Way to Make Wine!

April 26, 2015

CraigSoon you’ll have a new way to make wine! The Manitoba Liquor and Gaming Authority recently announced that Wine-On-Premise will be allowed in Manitoba.

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

What is Wine-On-Premise? Simply put we do the 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.winery 2

-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!

So over the next while you’ll notice some changes at your favourite Wine Sense store as we prepare the Winery facilities in each store. Right now we’re waiting for some time-lines and final regulations from the LGA. As we get this information we’ll have more specific timelines and information for you.

So spread the word- There’s a new way to make wine!






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Coconut Yuzu what…?

March 30, 2015



We’re really excited at Wine Sense with some of the new products we have coming out in our Mist product lines. Niagara Mist has re-released Mango Strawberry Moscato and Island Mist has just released Coconut Yuzu Pinot Gris. Now many of you are familiar with the Mango Strawberry Moscato as it was first released 2 years ago as a Special Release Niagara Mist style but…

Coconut Yuzu?

It’s not because they’re running out of styles and are trying anything- it’s because Winexpert is using a new ‘Flavour House’ which is providing them with flavours and blends that are amazing! The Winexpert Product Tasting Panel is being wowed by the flavours and jumping at the opportunity to offer them to winemakers.

And that goes the same for 2 new upcoming products. You’ll see a new release in Niagara Mist in May that is another wild and unique blend and one of this fall’s Seasonal Release DeCoconut Yuzussert Wines will blow you away… but you’ll have to wait to see more info on them ; )

In the meantime try the Coconut Yuzu Pinot Grigio. It’s a subtle blend of Coconut Water and Yuzu (an Asian citrus fruit) that is refreshing and blends perfectly with Pinot Gris. Perfect for summer time sipping…

…. and stay tuned for more exciting blends that will excite anyone who loves great tasting treats!


Note* All Mist Wines are on sale until April 25th, 2015!




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The Best Beer You Can Brew!

November 26, 2013

Do you drink beer? There have been huge strides in increasing the quality of beer kits, and now with our Paddock Wood Brewing Company Ready Brew beer kits, it is even easier to make a high quality brew just like the ones produced at the brewery.

The Paddock Wood Brewing Co. is located in Saskatoon and is an award winning craft micro-brewery. Steve Cavan- Paddock Wood’s founder and Brew Master started as a home brewer! Click here to see a tour of the the brewery!

What is so special about this kit, you ask? There are many features that set this kit above the rest, first and foremost being quality. Sold Brown Aleexclusively at Wine Sense, Ready Brew kits are made in the same fashion as any craft beer you purchase at a beer store or liquor mart. Paddock Wood uses 100% fresh grains and hops to create an all grain wort with tremendous body and flavour. Each kit has gone through a 90 minute boil with these fresh grains and hops to produce the finest quality wort available.

This is not a concentrate, there has been no removal of water during any part of the process so there is no need to top up. Wyeast Liquid Yeast is included with each kit and helps to give exceptional depth and flavour to your beer. The beer will clear nicely using a single stage fermentation, so there is no need for a carboy and no racking required. The yeast also creates a firm pack after fermentation, making cleanup a breeze! We have 10 styles available to suit various palettes, including an American Pale Ale, Carib Lager, Cream Ale, German Koelsch and Spitfire English Ale and more!

 The Carib Lager and German Koelsch are the lightest of the group. If you are looking for a crisp, clean tasting beer with little to no hops, these would be your best choice. If you like a bit more hops in your beer the Spitfire English Ale is a classic English Ale with a nice balance of hops. If you like a more assertive hoppy flavour like I do, the American Pale Ale is the way to go. For those who prefer a light balance of malt and hops, the creamy texture of the Cream Ale is a pleasure to drink!

So go ahead and treat yourself to a Paddock Wood Brewing Co. Ready Brew kit, at just 95 cents a bottle you are not only saving money but getting huge bang for your buck. Try it, I promise you will not be disappointed!


Mike- Manager Wine Sense (Southdale Square)

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Drinking Beer to Serve You Better!

June 21, 2013

MikeSummer is slowly peeking it’s head over the horizon which means it is time for beer! What better way to celebrate this time of year, than with a staff beer tasting?! This was, of course ‘strictly’ for research purposes ; )

Two weekends ago, the Wine Sense team gathered at the Raddison downtown for a night of pizza, wings and beer…oops I meant to say research! One of the main purposes of this research was to compare the differences in beers made with WyeastWyeast liquid yeast against and the same beer made with dry yeast.

The results were astounding. We tasted various styles and the liquid yeast was the winner every time! There was more flavour, with a cleaner taste and more body. The beer was also smoother, tasting more like a crafted microbrew! It was a huge eye opener. Don’t believe me?? Ask any of the Wine Sense staff.

Wyeast Liquid Yeasts are specific yeast strains that are cultured from the specific style of beer you are making. As a result they enhance the flavour of the style of beer you’re making. If you’re making an Ale kit and prefer traditional English Ales then use the London Ale yeast- prefer American Micro Brews? Then try the American Ale yeast- an easy way to customize  your beer kits. Each Wyeast Package holds over 100 billion yeast cells so fermentation is fast and complete.

The Wine Sense Staff working hard to serve you better!

The Wine Sense Staff working hard to serve you better!

So, next time you are in for a beer kit, make sure to pick up a package of liquid yeast with your kit. Your beer will taste better, and you will thank us in the end!


Mike, Manager- Wine Sense Southdale Square


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