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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Happy Neighbours!

August 26, 2011

One of the most popular wines at my neighbourhood barbecues is the 2009 Limited Edition Australian Petit Verdot. Everyone likes it because of its balance of blackberry and black current fruitiness and spice. It’s smooth tannins match perfectly with a good ribeye or t-bone steak. Because of its popularity and my dwindling supply- I’ve been hesitant to bring out too many bottles lately.

Of course one of the reasons Limited Edition wines are so popular is that they are… Limited. Unfortunately that’s the one drawback- you can really enjoy a Limited Edition wine and may never see it again (better buy two!). Once in a while though Winexpert is able to secure a long term source of raw materials for a previous Limited Edition wine.

And they’ve done it again! Winexpert is releasing an Australian Petit Verdot in its new Selection International crushed grapeskin line (experience enhance body, fuller mouth-feel, softer tannins and richer colour). At the end of August I will be able to replenish my cellar with Australian Petit Verdot.

My neighbours will be so happy.



Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)


Filed under: Wine, New Products by WineSense

Gamay Nouveau- A Great Summer Wine?

August 19, 2011

Preamble- Gamay Nouveau (also known as Beaujolais Nouveau) is France’s traditional wine made to celebrate the year’s harvest. It is picked, fermented and ready to drink in 8 weeks. Selection International Gamay Nouveau allows you the same experience!

Last year when the Selection International Gamay Nouveau was introduced, I made the first kit we received at my store. On bottling day, my wife and I tasted the half bottle that we always have left over when bottling. It was amazing, so…. I made a second one right away.


I knew the first batch would go fast, which it did. When we bottled the second batch, my wife commented that the Gamay Nouveau would make a good summer wine. Would there be any left for summer? We looked at each other and laughed. There was no way it would last. I bought a 3rd kit and started it this past May and bottled it at the end of June- and we had 30 bottles ready for this summer and we were set!

Gamay Nouveau is a great summer wine. Served with a slight chill on a hot day, it’s amazing. Great on it’s own or with lighter summer foods it has been a crown pleaser. I will definitely be making an extra Gamay Nouveau for next summer.


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

Filed under: Wine, New Products by WineSense

Twisted Mist Lime Margarita

May 13, 2011

A customer was kind enough to drop off a bottle of the new Twisted Mist Lime Margarita the other day for me to try- she was very pleased with the way it turned out. So last night I decided to take it on a test drive. I have to confirm her assessment… the Twisted Mist Lime Margarita is good, very good.

It has a pronounced lime flavour and not sweet at all. I tried it on it’s own and blended with mineral water over ice, both equally tasty. This is one beverage everyone should have in their cellar for summer.


Margarita Bob, Manager (Wine Sense- Springfield)

note: Twisted Mist kits are on sale until May21st!

Filed under: General, New Products, Uncategorized by WineSense

Think Pink!

May 12, 2011

I along with many other people were extremely disappointed last year when the Selection International Spanish Rosé wasn’t offered- well it’s a new year and it’s back due to popular demand! If you haven’t picked one up yet I highly recommend it.

Spanish Rosé is a perfect wine on it’s own and a great food wine. It will compliment a variety of summer foods including: BBQ chicken or pork with lots of barbecue sauce, hamburgers, salmon, potato salad, sandwiches… I could go on but I’m getting hungry.

A good quality Rosé is a great addition to any wine collection and gives you another option to just offering red or white.

Spanish Rosé is currently in stock and should be available until the end of May.

Call or stop by your favourite Wine Sense location and get a Selection International Spanish Rosé ready for the hot weather!


Bob, Manager (Wine Sense- Springfield)

Filed under: General, New Products by WineSense


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