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 of Working Men!

June 1, 2012

My wife and I are renovating the bathroom in our 60 year old house. After having the room gutted, my plumber and I had to pull out the tub. Not a problem, right?


The tub was cast iron and weighed about 400 pounds. We grunted and groaned and using science and a tow rope the plumber and I finally got the beast to the alley. After that ordeal we were thirsty and exhausted…

Did we have water? No.

Did we have a beer? No.

I opened a recently bottled Selection International French Rosé. Picture it- two hard-working, big, dirty guys sitting in the back yard drinking blush wine. The French Rosé was crisp, fruity and very refreshing!

French Rosé- the wine of working men. 

And it’s really good.



Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

Filed under: Wine, New Products by WineSense

Twisting by the Pool!

May 18, 2012

One of my favourite summer songs is “Twisting by the Pool” by Dire Straits released in 1983. It is the type of song that no one can resist when played at a social. You just have to move!

I have the same reaction with our Twisted Mist Lime Margarita/Hard Pink Lemonade wines. As soon as a bottle is opened you have to grab a glass with ice and enjoy and yes- I do have the urge to dance!

This year’s Twisted Mist is a split kit, you get 15 bottles of Lime Margarita and 15 bottles of Hard Pink Lemonade. The best part is it takes only 28 days to make and there is no aging required.


Hard Pink Lemonade:

Don’t be fooled by the pale pink hue – this Hard Pink Lemonade packs a punch. Fresh lemons mix with notes of pink grapefruit and candied peel, and a light sweetness softens the lemon pucker making for an easy-drinking treat. Serve this cooler-style drink ice cold on a hot afternoon.

Lime Margarita:

Tart lime and tequila flavours form the base of this classic margarita. A touch of sweetness offsets the sour citrus but still leaves that zesty lime explosion. Enjoy over crushed ice.


So grab yourself a Twisted Mist kit and in 4 weeks you’ll be Twisting too!



Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy) 

Filed under: General, Wine, New Products by WineSense

Real Men Drink Pink

April 27, 2012

I wasn’t sure what to write about for today’s Blog until my customers unwittingly gave me my subject. After I sold the 3rd Selection French Rosé this morning it was obvious…

Selection French Rosé!

When you look outside and see trees budding, grass turning green and tulips growing in the garden- you don’t realize is it is still spring. Warm weather is still a month away, so now is the time to make a French Rosé. French Rosé is an off dry pink wine and is the perfect back yard wine. It is an extremely food friendly wine, the pairing possibilities run the gamut from light salads to meats from the grill. Yes, I said meats from the grill- French Rosé has enough crisp flavours that it can stand up to red meats and is perfect with anything that has barbecue sauce on it. It’s definitely a wine to keep well-stocked and ready all summer.

It’s also great when served chilled which is another reason why it’s so perfect for the warm weather. 

And yes… I consider my self a Real Man and I am proud to drink and serve French Rosé!



Bruce, Manager (and Real Man)

Wine Sense- Pembina Highway

Filed under: General, Wine, New Products by WineSense

They’re Baaaack…

March 16, 2012

The warm weather is coming at us faster than ever! Which means it’s the perfect time to start making your Mist wines so you’re ready when the hot days are here.

Mist Wines feature varietal wines blended with complimentary fruit flavours. They’re lighter in alcohol, perfect in a glass full of ice and crisp and refreshing. They’re perfect for the Patio!

And now ‘back by popular demand’ we have the Niagara Mist Strawberry Lychee Traminer and the Raspberry Dragon Fruit White Shiraz. These unique styles were released a couple of years ago and sold out fast! Fortunately, this time they will be permanent features in the Niagara Mist line up and best of all… all 16 styles of Niagara Mist are on Sale until March 31st, 2012!


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)


Filed under: General, Wine, New Products by WineSense


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