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December 14, 2017

Introducing a new way to Après.

August 30, 2017

Raise a glass and say cheers to Après, your NEW after-dinner indulgence or special occasion showstopper.

Raise a glass and say cheers to Après, your NEW after-dinner indulgence or special occasion showstopper. Available in dessert wine and icewine style, Après will be replacing Speciale this month. Starting today three scrumptious dessert wine flavours are available, but only for a very limited time.

Indulge in the classic taste of Chocolate Raspberry with notes of warm cherries and plums supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry and luscious chocolate. This is the flavour you’ve come to love and it remains unchanged in the new Après brand. Back by popular demand, Chocolate Salted Caramel offers the ultimate in sweet and salty with the velvety decadence of chocolate beautifully blended with rich and creamy salted caramel. Or, treat yourself to new rich and smokey Toasted Marshmallow with smooth vanilla and decadent caramelized notes. Contact your retailer today for more details.

Eclipse Nocturnal

July 10, 2017

Grapes picked at night, Wine Lover’s delight.

Grapes picked at night, Wine Lover’s delight.

Introducing LIMITED RELEASE EclipseTM Nocturnal, hailing from Languedoc France. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault harvested under the moonlit sky to create a captivating palate of plum, black raspberry and woodsmoke. Grapes harvested at night when they are cool result in higher quality juice with more stable sugar levels and better acidity. And of course,  higher quality juice at the start means you get a better finished wine. A limited quantity of juice was secured, don’t miss out on this exceptional limited release. Now available at your WinexpertTM retailer for a limited time.

World Vineyard™ Pink Moscato

May 1, 2017

Sip, smile, repeat. World Vineyard™ Pink Moscato is back!

Sip, smile, repeat. World Vineyard™ Pink Moscato is back!

Featuring a brand new look with the same fresh flavours of strawberry, raspberry and cherry you loved last year. Pink Moscato is light and refreshing on the palate making it great on its own or the perfect complement to spicy BBQ dishes and fresh fruit.

Don’t miss your chance for this summertime wine, contact your Winexpert™ retailer and get yours today.

Island Mist™ Hard Blueberry Lemonade and Hard Pink Lemonade

March 20, 2017

Refresh your Patio with New Island Mist™ Hard Blueberry Lemonade and summertime favourite Hard Pink Lemonade!

Refresh your Patio with New Island Mist™ Hard Blueberry Lemonade and summertime favourite Hard Pink Lemonade! With just the right balance of sweet and tart, these Island Mists are perfect on the patio.

Only available for a limited time, see your Winexpert™ retailer today.

Selection™ Sauvignon Blanc Rosé

March 1, 2017

We’ve brought it back! LIMITED RELEASE Selection™ Sauvignon Blanc Rosé is available one last time!

We’ve brought it back! LIMITED RELEASE Selection™ Sauvignon Blanc Rosé is available one last time! Offering up tropical notes of pineapple and white peach with raspberry and cherry. The off-dry finish is balanced by expressive acidity for a refreshing, crisp wine that’s great on its own or with your favorite seafood dish.  Our limited release Rosé sells out quickly every year, and since it won’t be offered again you don’t want to miss out.  See your retailer today.

Introducing a bold, enigmatic blend from Selection

July 21, 2014

New ENIGMA from California has intense fruit aromas and notes of black cherry, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Full bodied with a smooth, round finish.

New ENIGMA from California has intense fruit aromas and notes of black cherry, coffee, chocolate and vanilla.  Full bodied with a smooth, round finish.

Food friendly, this wine pairs well with everything from pizza to pasta and is a great match for meats like ribs or chicken with sweet and sticky marinade.

A Message from Katherine Heisler – Home Vintner vs Wine made at Wine Central

July 15, 2014

To my wonderful friends at Wine Central…   Oh, how I miss you!!  I’ve moved to Alberta to be closer to my daughters and am enjoying the closeness immensely.  However, in Alberta there is no such thing as a ‘wine on premises’ store.  We have lots of wine and beer making stores, but legally they …

To my wonderful friends at Wine Central…

 

Oh, how I miss you!!  I’ve moved to Alberta to be closer to my daughters and am enjoying the closeness immensely.

 However, in Alberta there is no such thing as a ‘wine on premises’ store.  We have lots of wine and beer making stores, but legally they can’t make the wine.  We have to do it at home.

 

Scene One:  On premises at Wine Central

            Walk in, have a great visit with Cosette, Rod, Maria, Brittney or Jane.  Find out what’s new, joke, choose a wine to make.  Wait, visit a little more while they mix it up, and then I sprinkle the yeast on.  Depending on how much visiting we do, the stop may last 5 to 20 minutes.  Then on with my busy day.

 

Scene One ‘A’:  Home in Alberta

            Drive to the wine and beer making store, choose a wine to make.  Lug it out to the car, put it in the trunk.  Head home.  Grab the primary, scrub it with Sparklebrite, then rinse it thoroughly.  Make a solution of Metabisulphite and sterilize anything coming into contact with the wine.  Rinse.  Remove the packaging from the kit, add hot water to the primary fermentor, stir in the bentonite.  Pour the wine concentrate into the primary – but be careful!  It’s heavy!  It’s liquid!  It splashes!  Add water, and stir like crazy.  Sprinkle the yeast on top, just like adding salt to your French fries.  Next, move the primary (about 55 pounds of wine and equipment) to a shelf at least 3 feet off the floor.  Then, go wash the floor where you made the wine.  Relax, grab a glass of wine you made last year.

 

Scene One ‘B’:  Home in Alberta

            A week later.  Time to rack the wine.  Clean the carboy with Sparklebrite, then sanitize with Metabisulphite.  Make sure to clean and sanitize the hose as well.  Suck hard to get the wine flowing (the wine on premises store are much more sanitary about this part), and move the wine from the primary to the carboy, leaving the sediment behind.  Clean and sanitize the airlock and bung, and top the carboy with them.  Then you get to clean.  Wash out any left over wine and sediment in the primary, then clean with the Sparklebrite, rinse, sterilize, rinse and put away.  Hopefully you don’t have to wash the floor this time.

 

Scene One ‘C’:  Home in Alberta

            10 days later:  Clearing and stabilizing!   This is funJ  Clean and sterilize a small cup, a whisk, a large jug, the expensive whip you just bought, and wipe down the power drill you have seized from your husband’s workshop.  Pour out a couple of cups of wine – careful – heavy – wet – splashes – into the large jug.  Mix the chemicals according to directions, add to the carboy, then whip it like a rented mule.  One direction until it starts to swirl, then reverse the direction.  Do this for at least one minute, usually two.  Then add the final Chitosan or Islinglass and whip it again.  Try to avoid foaming…but it will happen occasionally.  Pour the remaining wine back into the carboy.  Top with a newly cleaned and sterilized airlock and bung.  Clean the floor.  Clean the equipment and put it away for next time.

 

Scene One ‘D’:  Home in Alberta

            After 8  days you will rack your wine.  This will clarify it, and help you produce a clear, wonderful wine.  Yes, you guessed it:  clean and sterilize a fresh carboy, hose and tip.  Suck hard, and get that wine moving from one carboy to the other.  Leave the sludge behind.   Clean and sanitize the airlock and bung, and fasten to the new carboy.  Hopefully you were good enough you don’t have to clean the floor this time!

 

Scene One ‘E’:  Home in Alberta

            Rack your wine again so you won’t have sediment.  Clean and sterilize a fresh carboy, hose and tip.  Move the wine, clean and sanitize the airlock and bung, and reseal.  You’re getting really good now…no floor mopping this time.

 

Scene Two:  On premises at Wine Central

            Show up for your appointment!  Your wine is ready for bottling.  It’s been looked after, loved and coddled.  It’s filtered, and ready to bottle.  Put your bottles in the machine, wait 4 minutes, take them out, line them up, and start filling.  The automatic filler is great!  Two bottles at a time, and the levels are great.  An automatic corking machine saves your back from aches and pains.  Labels go on easily, shrink capsules take a second.  Beautiful!!  Let the wonderful staff load them in your car.  When you get home, grab the kids or your husband to help unload.

 

Scene Two ‘A’:  Home in Alberta

            Rack your wine into a newly cleaned and sanitized primary or carboy to leave any sediment behind.  Don’t forget to clean and sanitized the hose.

            Take all your bottles and soak them in a solution of Sparklebrite for at least 20 minutes.  Then rinse with clean water.  Sanitize them with Metabisuphite solution, then rinse and drain. 

            Make sure your wine is at least 3 feet off the floor.  Clean and sanitize your bottling tip.  Insert the hose and bottling tip into each bottle, and fill to the proper level.  Cork.  Fill.  Cork.   28 to 30 times.  Add a label if you have any energy left.  Date the bottles – there aren’t any labeling machines here!  If you want to have the shrink wraps on the bottles, move the wine to the kitchen, and hold the bottles with shrinks on over a boiling kettle to shrink.   Once you’ve finished, clean and sanitize the equipment.  Wash down the corker.  Wash the floors.   Have a shower.

 Go pour yourself a glass of wine.  You deserve it!

 Of all the things I miss about Kelowna, Wine Central is at the top of the list!!  You make wine making so easy.  And so great!

             

Introducing NEW Skinny Mist™ – an industry first, and only from Winexpert

July 7, 2014

What’s the skinny on new SKINNY MIST™? They’re fruit infused wines that are anything but skinny on flavour. We’ve paired the refreshing notes of fresh fruit with crisp and juicy varietals for an incredible taste that’s less than 80 calories per glass. So go ahead and enjoy – these Mists are skinny jeans approved.

What’s the skinny on new SKINNY MIST™?  They’re fruit infused wines that are anything but skinny on flavour. 

We’ve paired the refreshing notes of fresh fruit with crisp and juicy varietals for an incredible taste that’s less than 80 calories per glass. So go ahead and enjoy – these Mists are skinny jeans approved.

Choose from three delicious flavours:

Slight White Tropical Riesling:

Slight on calories, bursting with flavours of sweet, juicy

pineapple and mango paired with the refreshing citrus

notes of Riesling

Merlittle Merlot Blackberry Merlot:

Merlittle calories, merlots of flavour. Round fruit-forward

Merlot gets a juicy infusion of succulent blackberry.

Leaner Traminer Peach Gewürztraminer:

Flavours of freshly picked peaches against a backdrop

of crisp and subtly floral Gewürztraminer. Lean on

calories, mean on taste.

 

Visit your retailer today and be among the first to try new Skinny Mist!

What’s the Difference Between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris?

March 7, 2014

What is the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris most will ask?  They are actually the same grape variety, however, Pinot Gris originates in France and across the border in Italy is where Pinot Grigio is known. Pinot Grigio is typically lighter bodied, crisp, fresh with a touch of spice.  Whereas, Pinot Gris wines are more …

What is the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris most will ask? 

They are actually the same grape variety, however, Pinot Gris originates in France and across the border in Italy is where Pinot Grigio is known.

Pinot Grigio is typically lighter bodied, crisp, fresh with a touch of spice.  Whereas, Pinot Gris wines are more full-bodied, richer, spicier and more viscous in texture.

When pairing food with these wines – Pinot Grigio being lighter is best suited with light dishes such as fish or light appetizers.  In contrast the richness of a Pinot Gris works together with something

heavier such as veal chops, chicken casseroles and most hard cheeses.

So the next time you get together with friends, have a taste test and ask them if they can detect the differences in the two wines.

A New Dynamic Duo from Island Mist

February 25, 2014

Strawberry and Watermelon is a natural flavour combination and a perfect addition to the Island Mist line of wines. We’ve taken fruity and spicy white shiraz and infused it with the flavours of refreshingly sweet strawberry and watermelon for an irresistible, lip smackingly delicious Island Mist. See your retailer today to start this fantastic new wine!

Strawberry and Watermelon is a natural flavour combination and a perfect addition to the Island Mist line of wines. We’ve taken fruity and spicy white shiraz and infused it with the flavours of refreshingly sweet strawberry and watermelon for an irresistible, lip smackingly delicious Island Mist. See your retailer today to start this fantastic new wine!

Pairs Well With Others

February 24, 2014

Warmer weather is coming which means it’s the perfect time to get ready for all that summertime entertaining. See our collection of Island Mist recipes here!

Warmer weather is coming which means it’s the perfect time to get ready for all that summertime entertaining.  Island Mist pairs perfectly with backyard barbecues, spontaneous happy hours or the kick off to a long weekend.  You can enjoy your favourite Island Mist simply over ice, mixed with other spirits or blended with other Island Mist flavours. Be your own bartender this summer and develop your own signature cocktail. Need some inspiration? Here are some of our favourite Island Mist cocktails to get you started.

Berry Wildberry Punch
Featuring Island Mist Wildberry Shiraz

Blackberry Sour Fizz
Featuring Island Mist Blackberry Cabernet

Electric Blue-tini
Featuring Island Mist Blueberry Pinot Noir

Exotic Zinfandel Twist
Featuring Island Mist Exotic Fruits White Zinfandel

Green Apple & Melon Twist
Featuring Island Mist Green Apple Riesling

Island Mist White Cranberry Mojito
Featuring Island Mist White Cranberry Pinot Gris

Kiwi-Pear Sauvignon Blanc Summer Slammer
Featuring Island Mist Kiwi-Pear Sauvignon Blanc

Mojito Triple P-To!
Featuring Island Mist Pineapple Pear Pinot Grigio

Peach Apricot Punch
Featuring Island Mist Peach Apricot Chardonnay

Pomegranate Zinfandel Spritzer
Featuring Island Mist Pomegranate Zinfandel

Raspberry Melon Mixer
Featuring Island Mist Black Raspberry Merlot

Strawberry Daiquiri Spritzer
Featuring Island Mist Strawberry White Merlot

LE2013 – The 2013 Limited Editions have been Announced!

November 15, 2013

LE2013 presents five distinguished wines from some of the finest growing regions in the world.  Order yours by December 3, 2013.  Remember these wines only come out once and will not be on our regular wine list.    Available January 2014: South African Shiraz Cabernet with grape skins:  This classic blend showcases the depth and …

LE2013 presents five distinguished wines from some of the finest growing regions in the world.  Order yours by December 3, 2013.  Remember these wines only come out once and will not be on our regular wine list. 

 

Available January 2014:

South African Shiraz Cabernet with grape skins:  This classic blend showcases the depth and ripeness of these intense grapes.  Cabernet Sauvignon’s classic character of blackberry, currants, black cherry and cedar blend seamlessly with the densely packed berry, chocolate, espresso and pepper characters of Shiraz with a hint of earthiness.

South African Viognier Chenin Blanc Roussanne:  These thress grapes make an unique wine of elegance, power and delicacy:  crisp, but honeyed with aromas of apricot, orange blossoms, herbal tea and melons give way to a medium body and a long rich finish of floral notes.  Sweetness: Dry

 

Available February 2014:

Pacific QuartetThe four grapes showcase a host of brilliant flavours of bright fruit, excellent structure and a long finish.  Viognier from Chile give apricots, blossoms and stone fruit.  Chenin Blanc from California gives a wonderful melony-honeyed aroma with hints of apple.  Gewurztraminer from Washington contributes lychee, rose petals and floral notes and Muscat from Australia’s Murrya-Darling Valley gives wonderful grapey notes with dried fruit and hints of orange peel.  Sweetness:  Off-Dry

 

Available March 2014:

Oregon Pinot Noir:  Deep ruby with garnet highlights Oregon Pinot Noir as a poet rather than a linebacker, and it’s character is defined almost as much in the elisions between it’s delicate scents and ethereal aromas as it is from it’s rich fruit and finesse.  Aromas of red cherry, bright raspberry and strawberry give way to the delicate scents of vioents and the tannins are lustrously smooth and full on the palate.

 

Available April 2014:

Red Mountain, Washington Cabernet Merlot:  Apowerful wine with immediate notes of oak and blackcurrants on the nose come to mingle with peppery spice and cedar, supported by a fruit-driven palate of boysenberry, plum, redcurrant, and black cherry.  The finish is boldly tannic, with a mouth-filling grip of dense, brambly fruit.

 

 

August is Australian Month!

August 23, 2013

Summer is half over, but we still have some great summer specials. For the month of August, receive 10% off the following 6 week wines from the Selection Series: Australian Chardonnay; Australian Traminer Riesling; Australina Cabernet Sauvignon; Australian Cabernet/Shiraz; Australian Shiraz; Australian Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre Come and enjoy these summer specials while you can!

Summer is half over, but we still have some great summer specials. For the month of August, receive 10% off the following 6 week wines from the Selection Series:

Australian Chardonnay; Australian Traminer Riesling; Australina Cabernet Sauvignon; Australian Cabernet/Shiraz; Australian Shiraz; Australian Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre

Come and enjoy these summer specials while you can!

LE 2012 Portuguese Aragones Cabernet Sauvignon

February 15, 2013

The wine kits have arrived in the store! If you are quick we have a few extra. A sensational stand alone sipper with expressive aromatics with berry, plum and subtle vanilla flavours.

The wine kits have arrived in the store! If you are quick we have a few extra.

A sensational stand alone sipper with expressive aromatics with berry, plum and subtle vanilla flavours.

Experience Eclipse

February 10, 2013

The Eclipse collection of premium wines is surpassing all our expectations! We’re so excited about these wines. They take the place of our previous Estate wines, come with more juice, and 4 of the red wines have crushed grapes and skins to help produce better tannins. All 10 of the varietals are showing incredible flavours, …

The Eclipse collection of premium wines is surpassing all our expectations! We’re so excited about these wines. They take the place of our previous Estate wines, come with more juice, and 4 of the red wines have crushed grapes and skins to help produce better tannins. All 10 of the varietals are showing incredible flavours, and excellent mouth feel. What we’re finding amazing is how great they taste right out of the carboy! Just imagine what they’ll taste like at 6, 9 or 12 months of age.

We would love you to try these wines, so from February 1 until March 23 coupons to save $20.00 will be available in store. The coupon will apply to kits you take home to make, or wines you make on premises.

A New Year, A New Selection

February 8, 2013

Winexpert, our supplier, continues to strive for excellence as the premier brand in the craft winemaking industry. Last year we saw reformulation and new packaging for the Vintners Reserve and World Vineyard Collection wine kits. Then, the new Eclipse was launched. This year, Winexpert is improving the Selection Original and Selection International wines. They have …

Winexpert, our supplier, continues to strive for excellence as the premier brand in the craft winemaking industry. Last year we saw reformulation and new packaging for the Vintners Reserve and World Vineyard Collection wine kits. Then, the new Eclipse was launched.

This year, Winexpert is improving the Selection Original and Selection International wines. They have undergone significant product improvements and will be released in new packaging over the next 5 or 6 months. All the 6 week wines will be called Selection, with the name of the varietals and country of origin (if possible) on the box.

The days are getting LONGER!

February 7, 2013

We’re all looking forward to a happy and healthy 2013, and we have some great specials and new wines coming up. Seasonal Releases FRENCH ROSÉ WILL RETURN! Vinas Dona Constanza Vineyard, San Juan, Argentina. This crisp, fruity, slightly off-dry Rosé has received so many positive comments from people who made it last year. It’s the …

We’re all looking forward to a happy and healthy 2013, and we have some great specials and new wines coming up.

Seasonal Releases

FRENCH ROSÉ WILL RETURN!

Vinas Dona Constanza Vineyard, San Juan, Argentina. This crisp, fruity, slightly off-dry Rosé has received so many positive comments from people who made it last year. It’s the ultimate summertime patio sipper! A beautiful pink colour, it is the perfect accompaniment to fish, chicken, salads or just about any of the lighter dishes we enjoy in summer. It’s also perfect for turkey – so make sure you save some for the fall.
Please reserve your kit by February 15. The kits will be in the store mid-March, so you’ll be able to enjoy French Rosé this summer. We’ll call you when they arrive – you don’t pay until you start the wine.

  • Kit to go: $125
  • Wine Made on Premises: $175.33
  • Labels and shrinks included.

TWISTED MIST: HARD PINK LEMONADE AND LIME MARGARITA

This year take your choice of either Hard Pink Lemonade or Lime Margarita. Each kit will produce 23 L of summertime fun. These are definitely a party in a bottle! Great for campouts, sipping around the pool or enjoying on a hot summer day. Twisted Mist beverages are ready to drink as soon as they are bottled.
Please reserve your kit by February 15. The kits will arrive in the store mid-March to ensure some summertime fun.

  • Kit to go: $60.00
  • Beverage Made on Premises: $113.33
  • Includes labels and shrinks.