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Feb 4, 2015

Just Fine Wine aims to provide you with the very best handcrafted wines available on the market. This is why we almost exclusively use Winexpert products and offer you a 100% satisfaction guarantee on every Winexpert wine kit made on-premise. With over one hundred varietals to choose from, we always look forward to finding out which of these wines our loyal and supportive clients have enjoyed the most over the course of the previous twelve months, and from year to year. So without further delay, here are your top ten wines of 2014*:

Just Fine Wine aims to provide you with the very best handcrafted wines available on the market. This is why we almost exclusively use Winexpert products and offer you a 100% satisfaction guarantee on every Winexpert wine kit made on-premise. With over one hundred varietals to choose from, we always look forward to finding out which of these wines our loyal and supportive clients have enjoyed the most over the course of the previous twelve months, and from year to year. So without further delay, here are your top ten wines of 2014*:

WINE  2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009 
Eclipse Barossa Valley Shiraz    10      -      -      -      -      -
Selection California Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot         9      7      9     10      6      9
Vintners Reserve Mezza Luna Red      8      9      8       -       -       -
World Vineyard California Trinity Red      7       -       -       -       -       -
Selection Italian Amarone with Grape Skins     T5       -       -       -       -       -
World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio     T5      5      5      4      4      7
Eclipse Italian Piedmont Nebbiolo (Barolo)      4      6      4      5      3       -
Selection Luna Rossa      3      2      2      2      1      2
Selection Italian Pinot Grigio      2      3      3      3      4      3
Eclipse Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot      1      1      1      1      2      1

*Wines are listed in descending order with the previous years' rankings included.

"-" Not Ranked That Year

"T5" Tied for Fifth

Points of Interest:

  • The top five wines have remained relatively unchanged (with a few exceptions) since we started tracking in 2009.
  • Reds continue to dominate
  • Stags Leap Merlot proves again to be the "alpha-wine", outselling the number two wine by a shade under 77%!
  • There are three debuts on the list: World Vineyard California Trinity Red is a 4-5 Week version of the always popular Bordeaux or Meritage blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and Merlot; 6-8 Week Selection Amarone with Grape Skins is a distinct and unique wine that is one of the best value kits available at Just Fine Wine. You will found Italian Amarone in the liquor store starting at $40 a bottle and reaching prices of over $100 per bottle! Ours works out to a little over $6 a bottle! Amazingly, it has only taken a little over a year after its introduction for 8 Week Eclipse Barossa Valley Shiraz to find its way onto the top ten list. This is an unprecedented accomplishment for a new wine kit and speaks to the quality of this Shiraz from South Eastern Australia.
  • These three newcomers to the top ten have displaced some still popular wines: Selection Chilean Malbec; Selection Chilean Carmenere; as well as Vintners Reserve Riesling and Selection Italian Montepulciano which were tied for 10th last year.    

With over 100 varieties, Winexpert has no shortage of top quality wines to make and it's a sizeable task to try them all. Our facebook page is a great place to connect with fellow wine lovers who may want to swap a few bottles or even start a new winemaking partnership/group to share a batch of something new.

 

Just Look At The Money You're Saving!

Oct 6, 2014

Over the roughly thirty year existence of the personal winemaking industry, the quality of the product has come a long, long way. Craft winemakers can now enjoy wines comparable to, and in many cases much better than, their commercial counterparts found at your local liquor stores. Besides the excellent quality of the wines, one of the most significant benefits of making your own wine at Just Fine Wine continues to be the cost savings to you.

Over the roughly thirty year existence of the personal winemaking industry, the quality of the product has come a long, long way. Craft winemakers can now enjoy wines comparable to, and in many cases much better than, their commercial counterparts found at your local liquor stores. Besides the excellent quality of the wines, one of the most significant benefits of making your own wine at Just Fine Wine continues to be the cost savings to you.

Sometimes it is not ideal to have to wait up to 8 weeks to receive your wine and the savings may not be readily apparent when you pay for an entire batch of thirty bottles up front.  This is the reason we've sat down and did a little number crunching for you. Most everyone is aware that making your wine at Just Fine Wine is cheaper than liquor stores and restaurants but have you ever wondered just how much money you're actually saving in the long run? We found out and the results are staggering -- well worth an 8 week wait! 

The following chart is based on an average person who consumes a single 5oz (or roughly 150ml) glass of wine a night. Since a standard bottle is 25oz (or 750ml), said person will consume just shy of one and a half bottles per week or slightly less than 73 bottles per year.  This works out to a little under two and a half batches at Just Fine Wine.  For ease of calculation we will round up to 75 bottles/year or 2 1/2 batches.

You're Saving Money at Just Fine Wine

While these numbers are already impressive, please keep in mind they are very conservative estimates. The quality of Winexpert wines of all levels is often far superior to the price level that we have used for commercial equivalents.  Two notable examples are Selection Italian Amarone and Eclipse Stag's Leap Merlot, whose starting price point in liquor stores is $40 and can be found for over $100. Yes, that's per bottle! And don't forget to factor in the increased savings if you drink more than the bottle and a half per week that the above calculations are based on.

If your thinking to yourself: "Yes, but what about my time?".  Well, guess what? You'll save that as well. And it's often said time is money! If it takes approximately five minutes to shop for each bottle of wine purchased in a liquor store, these purchases would take up 6.25 hours of your life each year. If it takes 5 minutes to shop for and 30 minutes to bottle a batch at Just Fine Wine, the total for year is a whopping 1.46 hours. A time savings of 4.8 hours a year. For a couple that's almost half a day saved to enjoy your wine rather than shop for it!

If you have ever had second thoughts about the economics of craft winemaking, we hope we've set those doubts at ease. Now sit back, relax, grab a glass of Just Fine Wine vino, and revel in the fact that not only are you drinking fabulous, award winning wines from around the globe, you're doing it at a fraction of the cost compared to those who do their wine shopping at a liquor store.

 

Anti Spam Legislation

Jul 2, 2014

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation, CASL went into effect July 1st, 2014, and requires that we have your formal consent to provide you with the "Speaking of Wine" e-newsletter and other important Just Fine Wine communications.

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation, CASL went into effect July 1st, 2014, and requires that we have your formal consent to provide you with the "Speaking of Wine" e-newsletter and other important Just Fine Wine communications.

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Are You Properly Caring For Your Bottles?

Jun 3, 2014

The importance of properly caring for and preparing bottles for filling with a completed batch of wine is sometimes overlooked or ignored by craft wine makers. This can be a very big mistake.  Starting out with clean and sanitized wine bottles is paramount to having healthy, beautiful wine. The alternative can lead to spoilage of your wine and embarrassment upon serving to friends and family.

The importance of properly caring for and preparing bottles for filling with a completed batch of wine is sometimes overlooked or ignored by craft wine makers. This can be a very big mistake.  Starting out with clean and sanitized wine bottles is paramount to having healthy, beautiful wine. The alternative can lead to spoilage of your wine and embarrassment upon serving to friends and family.

Keeping your bottles clean is a simple task that doesn’t have to end up a big chore. All of the labels used at JUST FINE WINE are vinyl or vinyl-coated, both of which use “peel & stick” technology. This means they should peel off your bottles about as easy as they stuck on. To remove, simply lift up a corner and gently peel the remainder of the label form the bottle. If you are having any trouble, try filling the inside of the bottle with hot water and let stand for a few minutes. Then try again – the heat from the water should have loosened the grip of the label. Please note that you do NOT want to get the vinyl-coated labels (the ones that look like a paper sticker) wet as they will become gummy and extremely sticky upon contact with water.

After removing the labels and the shrink cap, rinse your wine bottle several times with hot water. A good technique is to fill the bottle about 1/3 full, put your thumb over the opening and shake vigorously, then drain. Repeat this process 3-4 times. After this is completed, leave the bottle(s) to rest upside down. When they are dry, put them back into your crate or box upside down and they will be ready to use on your next bottling appointment. Storing empties upside down prevents unwanted material such as dust, dirt, and insects from getting inside. If you are entertaining and the night is late, simply fill your bottles with water, let stand overnight, and then take care of the cleaning the next day.

Never use soap, baking soda, or anything other than household bleach to clean your bottles.  Soap and baking soda residue can be difficult to completely rinse away from the interior of the bottle and can ruin the taste of the next wine put in that bottle.  JUST FINE WINE has a great cleaning product available for purchase called Chloroclean, which is essentially a “food-grade” bleach. We also sell various sizes and styles of bottle brushes if you need to scrub inside your bottles.  It is recommended that bottles should be bleached each year, depending on usage.  When you clean with Chloroclean or household bleach, be sure to rinse thoroughly with water, MANY TIMES, to ensure there is no residue left in the bottle. 

Clean your bottles annually with Chloroclean available at Just Fine Wine

It's important to keep in mind that even a tiny spot of mold or a single fruit fly that finds its way into one of your empty bottles can ruin your wine. To check for cleanliness, put the bottle to your eye and lift towards a light in order to do a thorough scan of the bottle, making sure it is free of dirt, grime, residue, mold, mildew, insects, etc.  Do not try to re-use any wine bottle that is dirty or contains black mold or mildew spots on the inside – it just isn’t worth it.  Send that bottle to the recycle depot and move on with a new one.

Proper care of your wine bottles is a relatively easy task that can ensure years of use with great results.

 

BC's Top Ten Wines of 2013

Apr 10, 2014

Just over a month ago we unveiled the Just Fine Wine's Top Ten Wines of 2013. As in previous years, we here at Just Fine Wine like to compare and contrast how our top ten list of most popular wines against what is most popular throughout the rest of the province of B.C.

Just over a month ago we unveiled the Just Fine Wine's Top Ten Wines of 2013. As in previous years, we here at Just Fine Wine like to compare and contrast how our top ten list of most popular wines against what is most popular throughout the rest of the province of B.C.

As has been the case during the five years that we have been tracking the results, the BC Top Ten remains very consistent. Last year three wines made their first appearance on this list and they all remain there a year later. Only one wine (Vintners Reserve Gewurztraminer) is a new addition to the group this year, returning after a one year blip that saw it fall out of BC Top Ten contention in 2012. Falling off the list this year to make room, is Selection Australian Chardonnay, a perrenial strong contender. Of the ten wines presented below, five varietals appear on both the BC Top Ten and Just Fine Wine Top Ten.

Without further ado, we present to you BC's Top Ten Wines of 2013: 

  

WINE 2013   2012   2011  2010   2009 
ECLIPSE Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot 101010--
Selection Chilean Malbec99---
Vintners Reserve Gewurztraminer8-989
Selection Chilean Merlot78655
Selection Luna Rossa66443
Selection California Gewurztraminer54334
Selection Australian Shiraz42222
World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio33---
Selection Australian Traminer Riesling25---
Selection Italian Pinot Grigio11111

  

*Wines are listed in descending order with the previous years' rankings included.

"-" Not Ranked That Year

 

With over 150 varieties, Winexpert has no shortage of top quality wines to make and it's a sizeable task to try them all. Our facebook page is a great place to connect with fellow wine lovers who may want to swap a few bottles or even start a new winemaking partnership/group to share a batch of something new.

 

Just Fine Wine's Top Ten Wines of 2013

Feb 13, 2014

At Just Fine Wine we pride ourselves on our ability to offer you the finest quality handcrafted wines available on the market. We are so confident that you will be happy with the end result that we guarantee your satisfaction for every purchase of a Winexpert product. With over one hundred varietals to choose from, we are always excited to find out which of these wines our loyal and supportive clients are enjoying the most.

At Just Fine Wine we pride ourselves on our ability to offer you the finest quality handcrafted wines available on the market. We are so confident that you will be happy with the end result that we guarantee your satisfaction for every purchase of a Winexpert product. With over one hundred varietals to choose from, we are always excited to find out which of these wines our loyal and supportive clients are enjoying the most.

In 2012 Winexpert completely overhauled the Vintners Reserve, World Vineyard, and Eclipse lines of wine kits. This past year Selection Original and Selection International were revamped under a single "Selection" banner. With all the Winexpert brands now being new and improved, we were curious to see if there has been any impact on our top ten most popular wines.

There are several interesting things to note regarding the Top Ten of 2013. Three wines have maintained a stranglehold on the top three spots since 2009; have they continued their dominance again this year?  The number of white wines in the top ten has dropped from four to three with Selection California Symphony and Eclipse Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay just missing the cut this time out. Taking one of those spots is a white wine making it's debut on the chart. Speaking of debuts, there is a total of three wine varietals making their premiere appearance in the top ten.  Another wine returns to the rankings after being bumped off it last year. One of the casualties, World Vineyard Chilean Merlot narrowly missed making the list again after placing sixth last year.

Without further delay, here they are. The top wines of 2013 - as decided by you:

WINE20132012201120102009
Selection Italian MontepulcianoT10-8--
Vintners Reserve RieslingT10----
Vintners Reserve Mezza Luna Red98---
Selection Chilean Malbec8----
Selection California Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 791069
Eclipse Italian Piedmont Barolo6453-
World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio55447
Selection Chilean Carmenere4----
Selection Italian Pinot Grigio33343
Selection Luna Rossa 22212
Eclipse Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot  11121

 

*Wines are listed in descending order with the previous years' rankings included.

"-" Not Ranked That Year

"T10" Tied for Tenth 

 

With over 100 varieties, Winexpert has no shortage of top quality wines to make and it's a sizeable task to try them all. Our facebook page is a great place to connect with fellow wine lovers who may want to swap a few bottles or even start a new winemaking partnership/group to share a batch of something new.

Have a Complaint? We Want to Hear About It!

Apr 15, 2013

One of the best things about being a local family-owned business is that we get to know our clients quite well and we consider you all friends as opposed to just another business transaction. Not only do we strive to offer the best available products but also to provide the best possible service to our loyal patrons. Recently Bob Negen brought it to our attention that most people do not like to complain and will go out of their way to avoid confrontation. Many are afraid they'll be met with rudeness, hostility, or outright dismissal if they bring attention to a problem. This fact seemed pretty obvious to us since we don't enjoy complaining at all. The thought of complaining to a friend is even worse! While this may not be breaking any new ground, the eye-opening consequence of this common behaviour trait is that when customers are disappointed with a product or service they often will simply stop patronizing the business altogether rather than have to deal with the potentially uncomfortable situation involved in making a complaint. We do NOT want this to happen with you!

One of the best things about being a local family-owned business is that we get to know our clients quite well and we consider you all friends as opposed to just another business transaction. Not only do we strive to offer the best available products but also to provide the best possible service to our loyal patrons. Recently Bob Negen brought it to our attention that most people do not like to complain and will go out of their way to avoid confrontation. Many are afraid they'll be met with rudeness, hostility, or outright dismissal if they bring attention to a problem. This fact seemed pretty obvious to us since we don't enjoy complaining at all. The thought of complaining to a friend is even worse! While this may not be breaking any new ground, the eye-opening consequence of this common behaviour trait is that when customers are disappointed with a product or service they often will simply stop patronizing the business altogether rather than have to deal with the potentially uncomfortable situation involved in making a complaint. We do NOT want this to happen with you!

We value you as a customer and truly appreciate your opinions and feedback (both positive and negative) about your experience in our store and with our products. Sharing your experience with us is how we find out that a product or service is unsatisfactory to you or hasn't lived up to your expectations. Letting us know there is a problem or concern not only enables us to work with you to make sure you are 100% satisfied but also allows us to take any necessary action to ensure the situation does not happen again. We are human and are bound to make mistakes. If you do not share with us, it is likely we will not know there is a problem. If we don't know then we won't have the opportunity to make things right for you.

It all boils down to this: Please don’t be shy! We always appreciate hearing from you when you’ve had a good experience and it is even more important to hear from you if you are in any way dissatisfied.

We use the slogan "Love Your Wine. Guaranteed". We mean it.

 

If you have a concern or complaint, please feel free and comfortable to let us know about it at any time:

CONTACT JUST FINE WINE

 

(Source: Michael LeBoeuf, Ph.D., WhizBang! Training, Kitchenware Outfitters of Savannah)

 

BC's Top Ten Wines of 2012

Mar 17, 2013

Last month we unveiled the Just Fine Wine's Top Ten Wines of 2012. Well, every year we also like to see how our most popular wines compare to what's going on province-wide.

Last month we unveiled the Just Fine Wine's Top Ten Wines of 2012. Well, every year we also like to see how our most popular wines compare to what's going on province-wide.

As you can see, the BC Top Ten remains very consistent. That being said there are three wines making their first appearance on this list. Of the ten, four varietals appear on both the BC Top Ten and Just Fine Wine Top Ten.

Without further delay, we present to you BC's Top Ten Wines of 2012: 

  

WINE 2012   2011  2010   2009 
ECLIPSE Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot 1010--
Selection Chilean Malbec9---
Selection Chilean Merlot8655
Selection Australian Chardonnay7766
Selection Luna Rossa6443
Selection Australian Traminer Riesling5---
Selection Gewurztraminer4334
World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio3---
Selection Australian Shiraz2222
Selection Italian Pinot Grigio1111

 

*Wines are listed in descending order with the previous years' rankings included.

"-" Not Ranked That Year

 

With over 150 varieties, Winexpert has no shortage of top quality wines to make and it's a sizeable task to try them all. Our facebook page is a great place to connect with fellow wine lovers who may want to swap a few bottles or even start a new winemaking partnership/group to share a batch of something new.

Just Fine Wine's Top Ten Wines of 2012

Feb 6, 2013

The number one objective we have at Just Fine Wine is to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with both your wine and the experience you have with us. We proud of our affiliation with Winexpert and our ability to offer you the finest quality handcrafted wines available on the market. Each time the calendar rolls over to a new year we are eager to find out which of these wines you, our amazingly supportive clients, are enjoying the most.

The number one objective we have at Just Fine Wine is to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with both your wine and the experience you have with us. We proud of our affiliation with Winexpert and our ability to offer you the finest quality handcrafted wines available on the market. Each time the calendar rolls over to a new year we are eager to find out which of these wines you, our amazingly supportive clients, are enjoying the most.

Last year saw a lot of changes by way of Winexpert's complete overhauling of almost their entire lineup of products: 4-5 Week Vintners Reserve; 4-5 Week World Vineyard; 8 Week ECLIPSE. This year will follow suit with the improvement of the Selection Original and Selection International series which is being revamped and merged into one series simply titled "Selection". So with all these changes, we were especially intrigued to find out if these improvements would have any effect on out top ten list that has otherwise remained fairly consistent over the several years we've been tracking the numbers.

The number one wine of 2011, Stag's Leap Merlot, holds down the top spot as it has done for three of the four years we've tracked the data. This year has also seen favourites Selection Merlot, Selection Italian Montepulciano, and Selection Chilean Merlot knocked out of the top ten. In their place are returnees ECLIPSE Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay, World Vineyard Chilean Merlot and newcomer to the top ten list Vinters Reserve Mezza Luna Red.

Without further ado, we present the top wines of 2012 - as decided by you:

 

WINE 2012   2011  2010   2009 
ECLIPSE Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay (Unwooded) T9--T10
Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot T91069
Vintners Reserve Mezza Luna Red8---
Selection Symphony 779-
World Vineyard Chilean Merlot6--T10
World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio5447
ECLIPSE Italian Piedmont Barolo453-
Selection Italian Pinot Grigio3343
Selection Luna Rossa 2212
ECLIPSE Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot 1121

 

*Wines are listed in descending order with the previous years' rankings included.

"-" Not Ranked That Year

"T9" Tied for Nineth

"T10" Tied for Tenth 

 

With over 150 varieties, Winexpert has no shortage of top quality wines to make and it's a sizeable task to try them all. Our facebook page is a great place to connect with fellow wine lovers who may want to swap a few bottles or even start a new winemaking partnership/group to share a batch of something new.

Just What is "New & Improved"?

Jan 8, 2013

From Vintners Reserve to World Vineyard to Eclipse (formerly the Estate Series) and, coming soon, Selection International. You may have noticed that Winexpert has been revamping and reformulating their entire product line. This process goes far beyond a redesigned box and a sticker that says "New & Improved". Winexpert's Technical Services Director Tim Vandergrift explains just what it all means for you and your favourite wines: 

From Vintners Reserve to World Vineyard to Eclipse (formerly the Estate Series) and, coming soon, Selection International. You may have noticed that Winexpert has been revamping and reformulating their entire product line. This process goes far beyond a redesigned box and a sticker that says "New & Improved". Winexpert's Technical Services Director Tim Vandergrift explains just what it all means for you and your favourite wines: 

 

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