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Introducing LE16

Oct 1, 2016

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert aim to raise the bar each year with the LE program and LE16 is no different. Together, we are extremely excited to present to you the LE16 Collection: a showcase of five outstanding wines from some of the world's most renowned regions. 

Winexpert has sourced superior quality juice from Washington State, Italy, Spain, California, and Australia to bring you five impressive wines that will be a welcome addition to your cellar. The LE16 collection offers something for every palate (scroll down for complete wine by wine descriptions). This year, in addition to sought-after varietals and unique blends, we are thrilled to offer a very distinctive wine - Blanc de Noir - an elusive white wine that is made from red grapes! Done in an off-dry style, this is the must-have wine of the year and is sure to be a hit with those lovers of Pacific Quartet.

LE16 vintages are available by pre-order only for a limited time and will be released on a month to month basis from January through April 2017.  No deposit is required; however, to be able to continue this we ask that you honour your entire pre-order commitment. Pre-order deadline is December 3, 2016. All LE16 wine kits produce approximately 23L (roughly thirty 750ml bottles) of finished product and are priced at $185.00 On-Premise* and $125.00 Kit -Only* (Grape Skin Kit is $195.00 On-Premise and $135.00 Kit-Only). R.S.V.P. with your order today to avoid missing out on these fantastic wines!

Reserve Your LE16 Vintages Today. Deadline December 3, 2016.

There are three ways to reserve your LE16 wine kits:

  1. Email: info@justfinewine.ca
  2. Call: 604.944.7818
  3. In Person: Join us at our LE16 Wine Tasting, taking place Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Port Coquitlam's Wilson Centre. CLICK HERE for full event details. If you are unable to attend, you can also fill out your DOWNLOADABLE ORDER FORM and bring it to Just Fine Wine.

 

The LE16 Collection: 

January: Cabernet Franc - Yakima Valley, Washington

January - Washington Cabernet Franc

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REGION: YAKIMA VALLEY, WASHINGTON - Cabernet Franc is a grape with so much to offer, yet most of the winemaking world blends it with other varieties to make a ‘Bordeaux’ style blend.   It’s home, the Loire Valley in France, is one place that hails Cabernet Franc for the beauty that it is and makes brilliant single varietal versions of it.  The Yakima Valley in Washington state ironically sits at the same latitude as the Loire Valley.  These cooler climate wine regions have just what Cabernet Franc is looking for.   At 46 degrees latitude north, grapes ripen in summer sunshine that lasts for about 17 hours a day (more than in California) and Yakima specifically is known to have 300 cloudless days per year.

WINE: There’s good reason to celebrate this grape on its own. It can tread the line between fruit and spice notes magnificently with ripe raspberry and red currant dancing around with black pepper and fresh mint leaf. There is a solid backbone of tannin to provide mouth-feel and structure, and it can pair with a range of foods due to its medium-full body status. Play up the herbaceous elements and enjoy it with rosemary-crusted lamb or cozy up in the winter with a paprika-rich bowl of Goulash stew.

LE16 PAIRING: Steakhouse Panzanella Salad. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium        OAK: Medium        ALCOHOL: 13%*

PRICE: $185.00 On-Premise | $125.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

January: Vermentino - Tuscany, Italy

January - Italian Vermentino

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REGION: TUSCANY, ITALY - In Tuscany, the grape gets a chance to soak in the warm amber hues of the Tuscan sun. This ripens it to a degree that lends to even more aromatic expression on both the nose and palate. Tuscany, arguably one of the finest wine regions in the world, certainly has a definitive collection of red grapes already. However Vermentino is one of the few whites grown in this haven of viticulture and we’re grateful for it.

WINE: Although rare in North America, in Italy the Vermentino grape is a white star. Grown from the north to south of the country, it ferments into a wine that is expressively refreshing. Think of flavours like white peach, green apple, fresh lime and even a bit of dried tarragon on the finish. On the palate, it has a quenching acidity that makes your mouth water with delight and a delicate weight that allows this wine to be sip-worthy on its own. Although perfect on its own on a warm summer day, this wine also pairs beautifully with regional Italian cuisine like pasta tossed in olive oil with fresh shellfish or simply with grilled Mediterranean vegetables.

LE16 PAIRING: Turkey Picatta. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Light-Medium        OAK: None        ALCOHOL: 12.5%*

PRICE: $185.00 On-Premise | $125.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

February: Milagro - Valencia, Spain

February - Spanish Milagro

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REGION: VALENCIA, SPAIN - Most of the vineyards in Valencia are located inland where there is more mountainous topography. This allows the grapes a much-needed cool down in the evening from the warm heat that surrounds them during the day. This particular area of the country has a long history of making wine, dating as far back as the Neolithic period which certainly gives them an anchor in expertise and tradition.

WINE: Blending grapes together is an art, with of course a bit of science, and the grapes here are perfectly suited. Three of Spain’s great red varieties, Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal bring their lush and hedonistic qualities to pair the full-bodied and well-structured friends Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Together, you have a wine with a range of black and red fruit characteristics, cherry cola, anise and white pepper and a powerful yet supple mouth-feel. Pair this with braised beef, a big wedge of Manchego cheese, or the region’s famous specialty, Paella. Put your feet up, close your eyes and escape to Spain.

LE16 PAIRING: Chicken & Chorizo Paella. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium-Full        OAK: Medium-Heavy        ALCOHOL: 14%*

PRICE: $185.00 On-Premise | $125.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

March: Blanc de Noir -San Joaquin Valley, California

March - California Blanc de Noir

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REGION: SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIFORNIA - The San Joaquin Valley is California’s largest wine region, and for a good reason.  This area is an agricultural haven and is known as the “food basket of the world”.  Grapes just thrive here and are so content to grow that you can taste their utter bliss in the juice.  With over 100 years of winemaking history, producers have been pushing the quality boundaries and the region is now being known for its varietal focus.   

WINE: Blanc de Noir is a French term that translates to a white wine made from dark grapes.  Pinot Noir, which many wine experts argue is the greatest red wine grape in the world, is used for this particular wine.  Normally quite a fussy character, Pinot Noir is notably difficult to grow. However, with those deep fertile soils of the San Joaquin Valley and the cool Delta breeze that flows through the vineyards, Pinot Noir is quite content here.  By quickly removing the skins from the juice after the grapes have been pressed, the pigment from the skins is not transferred to the juice and you have all the beautiful complexities of Pinot Noir while keeping the colour light and the tannins at bay.  This wine, with its crab apple and strawberry driven nose and white peach and grapefruit palate pairs well with delicate dishes.  Splurge on poached lobster or enjoy with eggs benedict for your next Sunday brunch.

LE16 PAIRING: Honey-Soy Glazed Lobster Tails. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Off-Dry        BODY: Light-Medium        OAK: None        ALCOHOL: 13%*

PRICE: $185.00 On-Premise | $125.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

April: Grenache Cabernet with Grape Skins - Riverland, Australia

April - Australian Grenache Cabernet

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REGION: RIVERLAND, AUSTRALIA - Woven around the Murray River, the Riverland is a beautiful region of South Australia, located about 2½ hours north east of Adelaide. Blessed with vast open spaces, the region enjoys a consistent sunny and warm Mediterranean-like climate with long days of sunshine. The result of this agricultural haven is sun-kissed, vibrantly ripened grapes making this an area of the world where big reds can develop to their full potential. 

WINE: Cabernet Sauvignon, the undisputed “king” of grapes, is a big, bold character that has strong tannins in his youth, yet unwinds himself with age to a smooth, velvety texture that is worth waiting for.  Flavours like black currant (cassis) jam, cigar box and black olive will arise and marry well with his counterpart Grenache. Grenache is the yin to Cabernet Sauvignon’s yang.  It’s both soft and jammy to balance out the powerful structure of Cabernet, yet rich and spicy enough to stand up to him.  Flavours like red licorice, black cherry and raspberry combine with warm vanilla and spice that rounds out the blend perfectly. Enjoy this wine with bold protein-rich dishes like grilled steak on the barbecue or wild mushroom risotto if meat is not on the menu.  Even without a meal, have a few big slices of aged cheddar to compliment the flavour and tannin of this age-worthy red.

LE16 PAIRING: Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom-Barley Risotto. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Full        OAK: Heavy        ALCOHOL: 14.5%*

PRICE: $195.00 On-Premise | $135.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.


 Don't Miss Out. Reserve Your LE16 by Pre-Ordering Today:

 

Email: info@justfinewine.ca

Call: 604.944.7818

In Person: Join us at our LE16 Wine Tasting, taking place Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Port Coquitlam's Wilson Centre. CLICK HERE for full event details. If you are unable to attend, you can also fill out your DOWNLOADABLE ORDER FORM and bring it to Just Fine Wine.

LE16 Pre-order deadline is Saturday, December 3, 2016.


So how do you know what the LE varietals will taste like if you have to order before the kits are even made? Take advantage of an opportunity to sample 'commercial equivalents' of the LE16 wines in advance of the pre-order deadline at Just Fine Wine's LE16 Wine Tasting taking place October 16, 2016. Join us for an enjoyable afternoon filled with fun, food, and of course, wine! This casual and entertaining event also features the incomparable Tim Ellison - come find out for yourself why attendees have demanded him back for a fifth straight year!

LE16 Wine Tasting October 16, 2016


What is LE?

Each year Winexpert produces a limited quantity of five fabulous and unique varieties from around the world that are released monthly from January through April. LE wines vary year to year and can be one or a combination of the following: unique blends, hot industry trends, highly sought after regions and vineyards; and scarce or hard to obtain grapes/juice. One thing remains from one year to the next, LE collections always produce wine of superior quality. 

LE vintages are available only during the month of their release. They are limited in supply and are so immensely popular that they can be acquired by pre-order only.The LE program has built a reputation of delivering exceptional, award-winning wines year after year after year. This speaks to the high quality wines that these very special wine kits produce and that’s why LE continues to be the biggest most successful limited release brand. In the 2016 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition* all five LE14 wines were awarded medals; a testament to the superior quality of our LE program. We’re confident LE16 will continue the award-winning tradition; will you be one of the award-winning winemakers? Just ask Just Fine Wine for more information.

Reserve Your LE16 Vintages Today!

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