What’s New

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.