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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NEW Styles Galore!

March 15, 2018

These are exciting times at Wine Sense as we currently have nine new wines and one new beer in stock!

Some of them are Limited Release wines so you will not want to delay in getting yours- the Selection Pink Pinot Grigio is moving like hotcakes and we are trying to get more in stock asap!

Here’s a quick summary of the styles- you can get complete details of the new products at our NEW Page:

-Eclipse Italian Veneto Forza with Grapeskins- an Amarone style blockbuster coming it at 16%

-Selection Argentine Malbec- another BIG red wine and great for those who were fans of discontinued Selection Chilean Malbec

-Limited Release Selection Pink Pinot Grigio- don’t pre-judge this Rose, it’s delicious, versatile and perfect for summer.

-Limited Release Island Mist Hard Pink Lemonade- back by popular demand!

-Limited Release Island Mist Mango Mai Tai- refreshing flavours of mango, pineapple and rum!

-Limited Release Island Mist Peach Bellini- peach, apricot and prosecco (we secured the last 38 cases from Winexert!)

-Niagara Mist Pineapple Ginger Mist- fragrant pineapple with a exotic ginger!

-Limited Release Niagara Mist Pineapple Coconut Mist- cool things down with pineapple and coconut!

-Limited Release Spice Lime Mist- kick it up with spiced lime! A great alternative to vodka when mixing Caesars!

-Limited Release Brew House Kölsch- the easy drinking classic German-style beer is perfect for the summer!

So head on down to Wine Sense asap to get your hands on these great new styles!

Just a handful of the New styles available at Wine Sense!

Cheers!

 

 


Filed under: Wine, New Products by WineSense

LE17 Hawke’s Bay Merlot

January 16, 2018

We are very fortunate to be offering the New Zealand Hawke’s Bay Merlot as the February wine in the LE17 Collection.

Hawke’s Bay’s temperate climate and plentiful sunshine make the region ideal for fruit-growing with grape vines first planted in 1851.
Hawke’s Bay has since earned itself an international reputation for producing high quality Cabernet & Merlot blends, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and an impressive array of aromatic white wines.

Our LE17 Hawke’s Bay Merlot features ripe fruit with dark, oaky spice and soft tannins with hints of mocha and licorice. It will pair well with any beef dish and of course lamb!

LE17 Hawke’s Bay Merlot arrives later this month. For those of you who didn’t pre-order this fabulous wine- call you favourite Wine Sense location and ask them to reserve one for you before they are gone!


Filed under: General, Wine, New Products, Recipes, Uncategorized by WineSense

The LE17 Pre-Order Deadline is Near!

November 30, 2017

This year’s LE17 collection is looking like a great line up. One of the unique things about this year collection is that all 5 wines are from different countries. Usually you will see at least two wines from the same country. This year we’re offering wines from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Spain and Italy!

5 wines from 5 countries that will give you a diverse collection in your wine rack that will have you prepared for any occasion or food pairing: A Dry and Off-Dry white and three reds that are Medium, Medium-Full and Full-Bodied!

The Pre-Order Deadline is this Saturday!

You can visit this page to see videos about each wine and video recipe that will pair with each wine!

 

Although we do bring in extra kits- we are well ahead of last year’s pre-order numbers so that means their will be few kits available if you don’t pre-order!

Don’t miss out- the five LE wines are always in the Top 10 Best Sellers for the year and they are only available for a month or two at max!!

Cheers!


Filed under: General, Wine by WineSense

It’s Limited Edition Time!

October 5, 2012

Over the next few months you’re going to hear a lot from Wine Sense about Limited Edition program:

 

 

 

– The styles

– The video’s

– Pre-orders

– Wine tastings

This is because it’s a very big program for us and many, many of our customers. Why? To put it simply for more than 20 years now the wines offered are always exciting styles that deliver great wine experiences. This is reflected in the fact that each year all 5 Limited Edition wines are in our top 10 for sales- and they’re only in stock for about two months each before they’re sold out!

LE wines also offer great value. Not only because they are great wines- but value for the dollar can’t be beat. The raw materials are top notch but because the raws come in and are produced into kits and shipped to us so quickly- there is no costs associated for Winexpert with storing the raw materials (as there is for kits that are offered year round). 

Oh yeah- every year all styles of the Limited Edition win medals at the Winemaker Magazine International Wine Competition.

If you’ve never tried the Limited Edition wines LE2012 is the time to start.

Without further ado…

Here are this year’s styles!

January – Argentine Malbec Bonarda 

REGION: Viñas Doña Constanza Vineyard, San Juan, Argentina

Nestled in the Andes Mountains in western Argentina, the vineyards of San Juan get brilliant sunshine and little rain in their high desert location. The icy mountain runoff from the Andean snow pack waters the fine loamy soil to produce intensely flavourful grapes.

WINE: This Malbec-dominated blend exudes the new world southern hemisphere style of wine: deep reddish purple in the glass, with aromas of dark fruit, black currants and plums. A rush of initial sweet fruit brought on by the plum element turns slightly drier, reflecting more of a blackberry flavour, finally finishing with a hint of anise. The finish is quite long with dusty dry tannins and a hint of lingering black pepper. A rich, bold wine that will pair nicely with richly prepared red meat dishes.7

AGING: Try to hold for at least six months before drinking. This wine will peak at 12-18 months and hold for another two years with good cellaring.

SWEETNESS: Dry    BODY: Medium Full    ALCOHOL: 13.5%   

 

January – Argentine Torrontés

REGION: Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina

Surrounded by mountain ranges, an average height of 1,700m above sea level, grapes grown in the Cafayate valley benefit from more than 300 sunny days a year and low-humidity mild weather.

WINE: This wine’s enticing aromas are strikingly similar to Viognier: hints of peach pit, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate it has a lush structure and vibrant acidity—and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity and floral this wine is still quite dry.Best enjoyed either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood.

AGING: This wine will begin to show very well early on, peaking between six and 12 months and holding for another six to 12 in a good cellar.

SWEETNESS: Dry    BODY: Medium    ALCOHOL: 12.5%

 

February – Portuguese Aragones Cabernet Sauvignon 

REGION: Vinho Mountains of Northern Portugal

The Vinho Mountains of Northern Portugal overlook the broad, stormy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, capturing both the heat of the continent and the gentle, cool breezes that pass over them. Here, Aragones reaches its full potential at a high degree of maturity, delivering deep, intense grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon also thrives here, delivering surprisingly classic character.

WINE:The wine has an aromatic profile of mulberry, blackberry currants, black cherry and cedar—and in time, a hint of rockrose and spice. In the mouth it offers cherry and raspberry, blackberry and plum, with a hint of tobacco competing with the cedar notes, along with subtle vanilla and toast.Brilliant with lamb, duck, barbecue and aged cheeses, it’s also an excellent wine for sipping on a summer patio by itself.

AGING: Aragones matures early, making this tempting to drink under six months of age, but a year of patience will be well rewarded with more subtle fruit and developed cedar/spices notes; it will hold well for another two years.

SWEETNESS: Dry BODY: Medium ALCOHOL: 13.5%

 

March – Washington Riesling Chenin Blanc 

REGION: Dufault Vineyard, Yakima Valley, Washington, U.S.A.

From Dufault Vineyard in the lower Yakima Valley of Washington state, this wine comes out of sandy-loam soil that runs down an extremely long south slope, ending in a drop to the Yakima river that allows for perfect air drainage. Hot, late-season sunshine and cool, breezy nights combine to make balanced, flavourful grapes.

WINE: Riesling gives boldly classic apple and stone fruit aromas, while Chenin Blanc provides more subtle melon and honey notes. On the palate it shows apricot, peach, green apple, quince and honey, with zesty acidity offset by a creamy mouthfeel and perfectly balanced richness.An excellent food wine, it matches well with grilled chicken, pork, and seafood, but it’s also an excellent sipper on its own, juicy, thirst-quenching and delicious.

AGING: Barely off-dry, this wine will be tempting to drink right on bottling day, but will show surprising flavour development over the course of a year, and will hold for two more years in a good cellar.

SWEETNESS: Off Dry BODY: Medium ALCOHOL: 12%

 

April – Italian Nebbiolo with Grape Skins 

REGION: Ghiardello Vineyard, Reggio Emilia, Italy

From the Ghiardello vineyard in Reggio Emilia, in the foothills of the DOC Colli di Scandiano, Nebbiolo is a late ripener and produces wine of excellent acidity and high tannins.

WINE: This is a wine of rare subtlety. Redolent with aromas of tar, rose, mint, chocolate, licorice and truffles, and rich, spicy fruit. Hints of cherries, violets, black licorice, and truffles play on the tongue with long-lasting flavour and a rich, chewy finish. Serve with red meats, stews, lamb shanks or osso buco.

AGING: This gripping wine will begin to open up after six months, but the richer, more intense flavours will take at least eighteen months to show, with cherry and spicy dominating the long, fruity finish for five years or more.

SWEETNESS:    Dry BODY:    Full ALCOHOL: 13 

What a lineup! Something for everyone. 
See you at the Wine Tastings!

Cheers,

Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)


Filed under: Wine by WineSense



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