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Your ECLIPSE is Here

Oct 24, 2012

An astronomical event is here. Get ready for your ECLIPSE.

An astronomical event is here. Get ready for your ECLIPSE.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert introduce to you, ECLIPSE, a new collection of premium wine kits: powerful, full-bodied wines of intense structure, inspiring flavour and stature.

Ten lush varietals from renowned wine regions, featuring the highest single strength juice and varietal content of any Winexpert wine, past or present, and delivering outstanding varietal character that is comparable to commercial wines.

Eclipse produces 23 litres (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished product and is now available at Just Fine Wine. will be available in all warehouses the week of October 15th.

To see the full collection and learn more about the varietals, CLICK HERE.

 

Eclipse - A Rare Experience in Nature and in Wine

 

Witnessing an Eclipse:

  • Kits increased to 18 litre format (from 16 litres)
  • Renowned region specific varietal juice
  • 5 Reds, 5 Whites to choose from. All former Estate Series wines are still available in this new & improved line including fan favourites Stag's Leap Merlot and Italian Barolo.
  • Varietal specific grape skins (for red wine kits)
  • Premium oak

FAQ

  • How is ECLIPSE different than Estate?: ECLIPSE has the highest single strength juice and varietal character of any Winexpert wine kit past or present. This in combination with added grape skins in most of the red wines, as well as a change in oak and yeast processes on some styles, ensures ECLIPSE wines are comparable to commercial wines delivering outstanding varietal character, structure, and intensity of flavour.
  • I loved my Estate wines, especially Stag's Leap Merlot, will my ECLIPSE product be different?: The inherent character of each of our wines, particularly in the case of such favourites such as Stag's Leap Merlot, were preserved. Enhancements were made to deliver optimal body, structure, and character so that ECLIPSE wines can rival those purchased commercially.
  • Have alcohol levels changes vs. Estate products?: In some cases alcohol levels have increased (Lodi Old Zines Zinfandel, Lodi Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay, and Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir). Typical alcohol levels range from 11% to 14% for the whites and 13.5% to 14% for the reds.
  • How long can/should I age ECLIPSE wines?:  ECLIPSE aging is comparable to Estate. They will drink well young at 3 months of age but will deliver full character and complexity at 6 months and beyond.
  • Why is there a two-stage oak process for some of the red wines?: A dual stage oaking process in some of the red wines (Italian Piedmont Barolo, Lodi Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon, and Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot) ensures optimal complexity and flavour appropriate to each style. Premium oak cubes added in the fining stage when a higher alcohol level is available ensures  maximum oak extraction for fuller bodied, complex wines.
  • What is dual yeast activity and why do it?: This is a two yeast process for the New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Washington Yakima Valley Pinot Gris that ensures outstanding aromatics for both wine styles. The first yeast (EC-118) is the work horse of yeasts to get the wine going while the second (K1V-1116) refines and optimizes either the fruit or floral characteristics of the wine.

 

Click on image below for a full ECLIPSE Spec Sheet

Eclipse Spec Sheet

 

Eclipse - A Rare Experience in Nature and in Wine

 

Introducing LE2012

Oct 1, 2012

The clock has struck midnight but the party is just beginning. Welcome to the official unveiling of LE2012. In case you haven't already noticed, Limited Edition has a new name. Limited Edition is now known simply as "LE" with a focus on the vintage year. It's sleek and slick and celebrates the uniqueness of the harvest year. While the name may be new, LE2012 continues Winexpert's tradition of offering incomparable limited-run craft wine kits. Those who have experienced LE wines in the past will not be disappointed. For those who have not yet had the chance to craft their own limited edition wines, LE2012 offers a selection of five extraordinary wines to choose from. And you really can't go can't go wrong. As previous years have shown us, LE2012's are must-have additions to any wine collection. (Scroll down for complete wine by wine descriptions.)  

The clock has struck midnight but the party is just beginning. Welcome to the official unveiling of LE2012. In case you haven't already noticed, Limited Edition has a new name. Limited Edition is now known simply as "LE" with a focus on the vintage year. It's sleek and slick and celebrates the uniqueness of the harvest year. While the name may be new, LE2012 continues Winexpert's tradition of offering incomparable limited-run craft wine kits. Those who have experienced LE wines in the past will not be disappointed. For those who have not yet had the chance to craft their own limited edition wines, LE2012 offers a selection of five extraordinary wines to choose from. And you really can't go can't go wrong. As previous years have shown us, LE2012's are must-have additions to any wine collection. (Scroll down for complete wine by wine descriptions.)  

LE2012 wines are available by pre-order only; however, no deposit is required.

Reserve Your LE2012 Vintages Today. Deadline December 7, 2012.

There are three ways to reserve your wine: 

  1. Email: info@justfinewine.ca
  2. Call: 604.944.7818
  3. In Person: Join us at our LE2012 Wine Tasting, taking place Sunday, November 4, 2012 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 LE2012 Collection


 

 

 

January - Argentine Malbec Bonarda

 

January - Argentine Malbec Bonarda 

REGION: Viñas Doña Constanza Vineyard, San Juan, Argentina
Nestled in the Andes Mountains in western Argentina, the vineyards of San Juan get brilliant sunshine and little rain in their high desert location. The icy mountain runoff from the Andean snow pack waters the fine loamy soil to produce intensely flavourful grapes.

WINE:
This Malbec-dominated blend exudes the new world southern hemisphere style of wine: deep reddish purple in the glass, with aromas of dark fruit, black currants and plums. A rush of initial sweet fruit brought on by the plum element turns slightly drier, reflecting more of a blackberry flavour, finally finishing with a hint of anise. The finish is quite long with dusty dry tannins and a hint of lingering black pepper. A rich, bold wine that will pair nicely with richly prepared red meat dishes.

AGING:
Try to hold for at least six months before drinking. This wine will peak at 12-18 months and hold for another two years with good cellaring.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium Full        ALCOHOL: 13.5%*

PAIR WITH: Lamb Sandwich

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions

January - Argentine Torrontés

January - Argentine Torrontés  

REGION: Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina
Surrounded by mountain ranges, an average height of 1,700m above sea level, grapes grown in the Cafayate valley benefit from more than 300 sunny days a year and low-humidity mild weather.

WINE:
This wine’s enticing aromas are strikingly similar to Viognier: hints of peach pit, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate it has a lush structure and vibrant acidity—and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity and floral this wine is still quite dry.
Best enjoyed either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood.

AGING:
This wine will begin to show very well early on, peaking between six and 12 months and holding for another six to 12 in a good cellar.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium        ALCOHOL: 12.5%*

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

February - Portuguese Aragones Cabernet Sauvignon

February - Portuguese Aragones Cabernet Sauvignon 

REGION: Vinho Mountains of Northern Portugal
The Vinho Mountains of Northern Portugal overlook the broad, stormy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, capturing both the heat of the continent and the gentle, cool breezes that pass over them. Here, Aragnones reaches its full potential at a high degree of maturity, delivering deep, intense grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon also thrives here, delivering surprisingly classic character.

WINE:
The wine has an aromatic profile of mulberry, blackberry currants, black cherry and cedar—and in time, a hint of rockrose and spice. In the mouth it offers cherry and raspberry, blackberry and plum, with a hint of tobacco competing with the cedar notes, along with subtle vanilla and toast.
Brilliant with lamb, duck, barbecue and aged cheeses, it’s also an excellent wine for sipping on a summer patio by itself.

AGING:
Aragnones matures early, making this tempting to drink under six months of age, but a year of patience will be well rewarded with more subtle fruit and developed cedar/spices notes; it will hold well for another two years.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium        ALCOHOL: 13.5%*

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

March - Washington Riesling Chenin Blanc

March - Washington Riesling Chenin Blanc

REGION: Dufault Vineyard, Yakima Valley, Washington, U.S.A.
From Dufault Vineyard in the lower Yakima Valley of Washington state, this wine comes out of sandy-loam soil that runs down an extremely long south slope, ending in a drop to the Yakima river that allows for perfect air drainage. Hot, late-season sunshine and cool, breezy nights combine to make balanced, flavourful grapes.

WINE:
Riesling gives boldly classic apple and stone fruit aromas, while Chenin Blanc provides more subtle melon and honey notes. On the palate it shows apricot, peach, green apple, quince and honey, with zesty acidity offset by a creamy mouthfeel and perfectly balanced richness.
An excellent food wine, it matches well with grilled chicken, pork, and seafood, but it’s also an excellent sipper on its own, juicy, thirst-quenching and delicious.

AGING:
Barely off-dry, this wine will be tempting to drink right on bottling day, but will show surprising flavour development over the course of a year, and will hold for two more years in a good cellar.

SWEETNESS: Off Dry        BODY: Medium        ALCOHOL: 12%*


*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

April - Italian Nebbiolo with Grape Skins

April - Italian Nebbiolo with Grape Skins  

REGION: Ghiardello Vineyard, Reggio Emilia, Italy
From the Ghiardello vineyard in Reggio Emilia, in the foothills of the DOC Colli di Scandiano, Nebbiolo is a late ripener and produces wine of excellent acidity and high tannins.

WINE:
This is a wine of rare subtlety. Redolent with aromas of tar, rose, mint, chocolate, licorice and truffles, and rich, spicy fruit. Hints of cherries, violets, black licorice, and truffles play on the tongue with long-lasting flavour and a rich, chewy finish. Serve with red meats, stews, lamb shanks or osso buco.

AGING:
This gripping wine will begin to open up after six months, but the richer, more intense flavours will take at least eighteen months to show, with cherry and spicy dominating the long, fruity finish for five years or more.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Full        ALCOHOL: 13%*

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

  


Don't Miss Out. Reserve Your LE2012 by Pre-Ordering Today:

 

Email: info@justfinewine.ca 

Call: 604.944.7818

In Person: Join us at our LE2012 Wine Tasting, taking place Sunday, November 4, 2012 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.

 

Pre-order deadline is Friday, December 7, 2012.

 


Take the opportunity to sample 'commercial equivalents' of the LE2012 wines in advance of the pre-order deadline. Just Fine Wine's LE2012 Wine Tasting takes place November 4, 2012 and features wine master Tim Ellison. Join us for an enjoyable and informative afternoon filled with fun, food, prizes, and of course, wine!

 

LE2012 Wine Tasting November 4, 2012


What is LE2012?

Each year Winexpert produces only a limited quantity of five fabulous and unique varieties from around the world that are released annually from January through April. These very special wines are available only during the month of their release and are so immensely popular that they can be acquired by pre-registration only. Each year Winexpert's LE series wins numerous awards at various amateur winemaking competitions and continue to be a highly sought-after offering. In fact, wines made with LE wine kits consistently win medals at the WineMaker competition, which speaks to the high quality wines that these very special wine kits produce. Ask Just Fine Wine for more information.

Order Your LE2012 Wines By November 4, 2012

 

A World of Difference

Sep 30, 2012

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are excited to announce exciting changes to the 4-5 week World Vineyard line of wine kits. Every single varietal in this brand has undergone significant transformation and improvement. The reformulated kits will not only satisfy the high expectations of loyal World Vineyard winemakers but also move the brand forward, competing with commercial wines and besting all other competitor brands in the same category.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are excited to announce exciting changes to the 4-5 week World Vineyard line of wine kits. Every single varietal in this brand has undergone significant transformation and improvement. The reformulated kits will not only satisfy the high expectations of loyal World Vineyard winemakers but also move the brand forward, competing with commercial wines and besting all other competitor brands in the same category.

Maintaining the quality and identity of World Vineyard was the primary goal. Winexpert achieved this by carefully deconstructing the fundamental characters of the wines’ existing formulations and using it as a guide to recreate the highest quality wine kits in their category. The results are wine kits optimised and enhanced with the latest advances in winemaking research, maximising the varietal character, flavour, and aroma while maintaining the consistency and high-quality our users expect. 

 New & Improved World Vineyard 

Winexpert undertook this initiative to maintain its position as the marketplace leader in quality and value. With these improvements World Vineyard fulfills its mission statement to be the best wine kit in its category. We know you will agree when you taste the new World Vineyard and immediately experience the perceptible improvements in quality.

 

Juicier Than the Argentine Tango

Sep 5, 2012

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to announce the return of a fan favourite: Selection International Argentine Malbec...and this time it's bringing pure varietal grape skins with it! Ripe, rich and spicy, this wine is a tremendous addition to the Selection International with Grape Skins roster

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to announce the return of a fan favourite: Selection International Argentine Malbec...and this time it's bringing pure varietal grape skins with it! Ripe, rich and spicy, this wine is a tremendous addition to the Selection International with Grape Skins roster

Yielding 23 litres (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and priced at $185 for on-premise, Selection International Argentine Malbec with Grape Skins is available now at Just Fine Wine.

 

Jucier Than the Argentine Tango

 

Get Ready For An Astronomical Event

Sep 4, 2012

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It's Coming...Fall 2012 

 

Warm Weather Entertaining Tips: Wine Spritzer

Jul 13, 2012

 

 

For a lighter, more refreshing drink for afternoon get-togethers or after dinner treats, try making your own white wine spritzers.

Basic spritzer/base: mix 1 cup white wine with ½ cup club soda

 

Try it as is, or customize to your taste:

  • Add a shot of peach schnapps and a handful of frozen raspberries
  • Use cranberry gingerale instead of club soda
  • Cut up a few lemons and limes for garnish and a citrus twist

 

The Original Wine Kit Just Got Better

Jul 10, 2012

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to announce exciting changes to the 4-5 week Vintners Reserve line of wine kits. Every single varietal in this brand has undergone significant transformation and improvement. The reformulated kits will not only satisfy the high expectations of loyal Vintners Reserve winemakers but also move the brand forward, competing with commercial wines and besting all other competitor brands in the same category.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to announce exciting changes to the 4-5 week Vintners Reserve line of wine kits. Every single varietal in this brand has undergone significant transformation and improvement. The reformulated kits will not only satisfy the high expectations of loyal Vintners Reserve winemakers but also move the brand forward, competing with commercial wines and besting all other competitor brands in the same category.

Maintaining the quality and identity of Vintners Reserve was the primary goal. Winexpert achieved this by carefully deconstructing the fundamental characters of the wines’ existing formulations and using it as a guide to recreate the highest quality wine kits in their category. The results are wine kits optimised and enhanced with the latest advances in winemaking research, maximising the varietal character, flavour, and aroma while maintaining the consistency and high-quality our users expect.

 Vintners Reserve: New & Improved

 

Winexpert undertook this initiative to maintain its position as the marketplace leader in quality and value. With these improvements Vintners Reserve fulfills its mission statement to be the best wine kit in its category. We know you will agree when you taste the new Vintners Reserve and immediately experience the perceptible improvements in quality.

 

Chocolate Lovers Unite

Jun 5, 2012

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are happy to announce the return of Selection Spéciale Chocolate Raspberry Port and NEW Selection Spéciale Chocolate Orange Port.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are happy to announce the return of Selection Spéciale Chocolate Raspberry Port and NEW Selection Spéciale Chocolate Orange Port.

Priced at $140 on-premise (or $235 for a double batch), each batch produces 11.5 litres (approximately thirty 375ml bottles or fifteen 750ml bottles). This is a limited release so quantities are limited. Reserve yours today by Contacting Just Fine Wine via phone, email, or in person. Pre-order deadline is Thursday, August 2, 2012 - no deposit is required. Chocolate Raspberry Port and Chocolate Orange Port will be available the first week of September, which will be perfect timing for Christmas gifts and Holiday sipping.

 

Chocolate Orange Port

This intensely flavoured Port-style dessert wine is full-bodies and rich, with complex aromas of bittersweet dark chocolate, thick with ripe orange and marmalade flavours. Excellent sipped in a comfortable chair by the fire, it is also brilliant with nuts and cheese, or drizzled over vanilla ice cream for a completely decadent after-dinner treat. Ready to drink within three months, Chocolate Orange Port will age for several years, evolving and showing complex layers of flavour over time.

Oak: Toasted   Sweetness: 7   Body: Full   Alcohol by Volume: 15% - 16.5%

 

 

Chocolate Raspberry Port

*5 time Gold Medal Winner at the WineMaker Amateur Wine Competition 2007-2011

Back by popular demand, this wine is bursting with rich, intense flavours and aromas. The traditional Port character of warm, rounded cherries and plums is supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry. Perfumed and gently tart, with a luscious liquid chocolate rush in the middle of the palate it finishes with beguiling dark, bittersweet aromas of coffee, vanilla, and toast, all the way to a long, rich finish. Excellent within three months, this wine will age gorgeously.

Oak: Toasted   Sweetness: 7   Body: Full   Alcohol by Volume: 15% - 16.5%

 

 

Chocolate Lovers Unite

 

Real Men Drink Pink

Apr 16, 2012

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert excitedly bring to you our seasonal release Selection International French Rosé. This blush wine is a crisp, off-dry rosé from Southern France that is extremely food friendly with pairing possibilities running the gamut from light salads to spicy meats from the grill. Simply delicious when served chilled, French Rosé is definitely a wine to keep well-stocked and ready all summer long. Selection Internation French Rosé is priced at $170 per on-premise batch and yields 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles). Don't miss your opportunity to enjoy this great rosé. Supplies are limited and won't last long so get yours today from Just Fine Wine.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert excitedly bring to you our seasonal release Selection International French Rosé. This blush wine is a crisp, off-dry rosé from Southern France that is extremely food friendly with pairing possibilities running the gamut from light salads to spicy meats from the grill. Simply delicious when served chilled, French Rosé is definitely a wine to keep well-stocked and ready all summer long. Selection Internation French Rosé is priced at $170 per on-premise batch and yields 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles). Don't miss your opportunity to enjoy this great rosé. Supplies are limited and won't last long so get yours today from Just Fine Wine.

Real Men Drink Pink

 

Twisted Mist: The Ultimate Party Pack is Back!

Apr 16, 2012

Let's all get ready to twist again like we did last summer! Twisted Mist, the hugely popular party hit of the previous two years is back again with a returning favourite in the tiki-licious Lime Margarita and the much-demanded Hard Pink Lemonade! Twisted Mist is a ready-to-drink cocktail that, while it is wine-based, tastes just like they were made with actual spirits. They are the perfect beverage whether you're throwing a spring fling fiesta, holding a summer time backyard BBQ extravaganza, or simply relaxing in the sun with good company. Simply chill, pour over ice and enjoy!

Let's all get ready to twist again like we did last summer! Twisted Mist, the hugely popular party hit of the previous two years is back again with a returning favourite in the tiki-licious Lime Margarita and the much-demanded Hard Pink Lemonade! Twisted Mist is a ready-to-drink cocktail that, while it is wine-based, tastes just like they were made with actual spirits. They are the perfect beverage whether you're throwing a spring fling fiesta, holding a summer time backyard BBQ extravaganza, or simply relaxing in the sun with good company. Simply chill, pour over ice and enjoy!

These beverages are higher in alcohol than our regular Island Mist kits. After all, without alcohol, cocktails  are mocktails! Twisted Mist produces 12% ABV (alcohol by volume) at bottling, giving the kick you expect, with great taste, authentic flavours and a smooth finish. Trendy cocktail bars charge up to $10/drink for cocktails like these. Bottled,
premixed cocktail products are available for $18.00-$20.00/750ml bottle at the liquor store. Twisted Mist is available at Just Fine Wine for a fraction of that price.

Ready in approximately four weeks, Twisted Mist yields 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and is priced at $125 per batch. Just like last year, you have the option to make thirty bottles of one flavour of your choice or you can go with a combo pack which will give you 15 bottles of each flavour. Twisted Mist is available now but will only be around for a limited time, so don't miss out. Contact Just Fine Wine to get yours before they are all gone. 

 The Ultimate Party Pack

 

Twisted Mist FAQ:

What is Twisted Mist?
It’s a wine-based refreshment beverage cocktail, along the lines of trendy pre-mixed cocktails sold at single-strength and designed to be drank in a casual and festive setting. These drinks have a long history, from California Cooler, Bartles & Jaymes, to Smirnoff Ice and Bacardi Breezers.
 
What is Twisted Mist not?
It’s not Sangria or a fruit-wine drink or other alco-pop. While it has a wine base, Twisted Mist flavours are completely refreshing and true to their cocktail origins.
 
Do I need to add liquor?
No, it’s all there: a standard mixed drink (1.5 ounces alcohol with 4 ounces mix) is generally about 12% alcohol. Twisted Mist delivers approximately 12% alcohol by volume at bottling. That’s not to say you can’t add a bit more—some fancy mixed drinks get a ‘float’ of a quarter-ounce of liquor on top at the end. However, it’s not necessary to increase the alcohol content to get perfect cocktail strength and flavour.
 
Does it taste like one of those ‘bar mix’ drinks?
Some bar flavours (often called ‘pre-mix’ in the industry) are flavoured and coloured with artificial ingredients that don’t always taste like fresh fruit. Twisted Mist uses natural fruit extracts and essences that give it a fantastic just-made taste that everyone will love.

Why is Twisted Mist not clear as my usual wine kits at the time of bottling?
There are a lot of solid materials (from the flavour pack) that are added to the beverage during the production process. Therefore the finished product will be rendered slightly cloudy. That’s okay: by the time a Margarita is stirred up or a Mojito is muddled they should be a little hazy with all the great things (those natural fruit extracts and essences again) floating around making up the flavour, aroma and body. The haze in very slight, natural looking, and won’t settle out over time.
 
How long can I keep Twisted Mist once it’s bottled?
Pretty much until about one minute after people find out how good it tastes! Seriously, Twisted Mist is ready to be drunk as soon as it’s bottled and unlike our wine kits, doesn’t improve with age. Don’t worry though: it will last at least six to twelve months in good storage conditions. We really expect most people won’t have it around that long! 
 
Are there fun and funky Twisted Mist labels available?
Yes. Twisted Mist includes bottle labels inside the kit. They’re attractive clear peel-and-stick versions with Twisted Mist graphics and our Tiki mascot, adding a sense of light hearted fun to the product.

 

4 Fun and Simple Ways To Enjoy Your Twisted Mist Lime Margarita.

 

Learn to Twist Regular Island Mist

 

For any further information Contact Just Fine Wine