What's New?

Introducing: Bottle Bin

Mar 12, 2012

 

 

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are providing you an easier and safer way to bring your finished wine home with the Bottle Bin. Made in Canada from recycled materials, this shopping basket style carrier holds 15 bottles. This Dragon's Den winner is a great alternative to the 12-bottle cardboard boxes that break down over time.

 

Bottle BinWhy Bottle Bin?

  • A better alternative to cardboard boxes
  • Holds 15 bottles (vs. boxes that hold only 12). Reduces number of containers needed to transport 30 bottles
  • Cleaner and safer than corrugate boxes (Cardboard boxes deteriorate and break)
  • Easy to store and organize empty bottles at home
  • Made in Canada from recycled plastics

 

Bottle Bins are now available at Just Fine Wine for $12.99.

 

March's Limited Edition Has Been Released

Mar 6, 2012

 

 

Our March Limited Edition, German Traminer Spätlese, is now in-store and ready to start at Just Fine Wine. For those who placed a pre-order, please stop by the shop to get your wine under way. Eight weeks is long enough to wait for this superb wine so don't delay in getting yours on the go.

 

For anyone who missed the pre-order dealine or for those who are interested in topping up their orders for the April Limited Editions, we have until the 15th of March to add to the order.

  


German Traminer Spatlese AllemandMarch: German Traminer Spatlese 

 

The Region: Germany's most famours growing region, the Mosel Valley, with its mineral-laden soils, produces some of the world's finest off-dry wines.The sheer mountains and rugged steep slopes make the most of the northern sunshine, but they also mean that vineyard work must be done by hand, and yields are very low. This results in carefully crafted, very intensely flavoured wines.

The Wine: Traminer is the parent of the more familiar Gewürztraminer and Spätlese is a German wine term meaning 'late harvest', indicating a wine made from fully mature grapes that are picked at least 7 days after normal harvest, so they are riper and have higher sugar levels. This is a gently golden-coloured wine, unmistakeable in its heady, aromatic intensity, with a pungent fragrance of lychee, tropical fruit and rose petals. Its flavours are ample, lusciously fruity and spicy.

The Food: Peach and Blueberry Cobbler.

Ageing: The intense fruit character will be apparent immediately in this rich wine making it a tempting sipper right away, but the deeper floral characters of rose petal and lychee will become more apparent after six months to a year.

Sweetness Code: 1 (off-dry)

 

 

 

LE 2011 - March White from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo

 

Pineapple Pear Pinot Grigio

Feb 20, 2012

 

 

Just Fine Wine & Winexpert are proud to announce our newest flavour of Island Mist: Pineapple Pear Pinot Grigio!  

Triple "P"-inot Grigio leaps out of the glass with juicy sweet pears, succulent, ripe pineapple and a bright and flowery fragrance.  CLICK HERE to read all about it.  Pineapple Pear Pinot Grigio will be available at Just Fine Wine the second week of March, 2012.

Pineapple Pear Pinot Grigio

 

Just Fine Wine's Top Ten Wines of 2011

Feb 7, 2012

Our main goal at Just Fine Wine is to make sure you thoroughly enjoy your experience and are completely satisfied with the wine you make with us. With that in mind, it is always interesting to find out which varietals our valued clients are enjoying the most.

Our main goal at Just Fine Wine is to make sure you thoroughly enjoy your experience and are completely satisfied with the wine you make with us. With that in mind, it is always interesting to find out which varietals our valued clients are enjoying the most.

The results from 2011 have now been tallied and for the second straight year we have had a change atop the leader board as 2009's number one reclaims the title of our most popular wine. The race proved extremely close this year as only a single wine kit seperated the the top selling wine from the runner up, which just happened to be last year's champion. Of this year's top selling wines: six have been in the top ten for three years; nine were on last year's list; and one is making its debut in the top ten.

Without further ado, we present the top wines of 2011 - as decided by you! Wines are listed in descending order with the previous two year's ranking included.

 

     WINE      2011   2010  2009 
Selection Original Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot1069
Selection Original Merlot9107
Selection International Italian Montepulciano8--
Selection Original Symphony79-
Selection International Chilean Merlot66-
Estate Series Italian Barolo53-
World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio447
Selection International Italian Pinot Grigio343
Selection Original Luna Rossa212
Estate Series Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot    121

 

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.

 

February Limited Edition Now In-Store

Feb 2, 2012

 

 

February's Limited Edition, California Petite Sirah/Zinfandel is now available at Just Fine Wine. For those who placed a pre-order, please stop by the shop to get your wine under way. After that, it's a short 8 week wait until you have another dazzling Limited Edition to add to your cellar.

 

For anyone who missed the pre-order dealine or for those who are interested in topping up their orders for the March and April Limited Editions, we have until the 15th of each month prior to release to add to the order.

  


 

California Petite Sirah/ZinfandelFebruary: California Petite Sirah/Zinfandel (Limited Edition 2005)

 

 

The Region: Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Amador County is sometimes called 'California's Piedmont'. With vineyards running from 150 to 2900 feet in elevation, and summer temperatures ranging from 80 to over 100 degrees F, the excellent growing conditions have encouraged diversified plantings.

The Wine: Grippingly tannic, bold and deeply coloured Petite Sirah compliments the jamminess of Zinfandel, taming the abundant blueberries and blackberries with a hint of dark cherry and vanilla. Full-bodied with a lingering palate and peppery spice, this is a wine of unprecedented power and length.

The Food: Apple Cider Brined Thick-Cut BBQ Pork Chops. 

Ageing: This is a wine that shows best with ageing. After one year the blackberries will come out, and at two years will tame the tannins grip, showing the black pepper and rich dark fruits.

Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)

 

 

LE 2011 - February Red from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo.

 


 

January Limited Editions Available Now!

Jan 4, 2012

 

 

The January Limited Editions are here! If you placed a pre-order for one or both of the Washington Meritage or South African Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, please drop into Just Fine Wine to start your wine. In just 8 weeks time you will have a dazzling Limited Edition wine to add to your collection at home.

For anyone who missed the pre-order dealine or for those who are interested in topping up their orders for the February, March and April Limited Editions, we have until the 15th of each month prior to release to add to the order.

 


Washington MeritageJanuary: Washington Meritage

 

The Region: The Red Mountain AVA is Washington's Smallest, at approximately 3.600 acres. Grape growing conditions are almost textbook perfect: slope, exposure, weather conditions, good air drainage, large day/night temperature swings, gravelly soil with high calcium carbonate content and high pH and the nearby Yakima River to moderate temperature extremes - there could hardly be more positive flavour influences to grapes grown here.

The Wine: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot, this wine feature great extract, deep colour and intense aromatics of dark berry fruit, cassis, peppery spice, cedar and smoke. The seductive nose of this wine foreshadows magnificent texture and flavour, including dark berries, liquorice, vanilla and warm brown spices that glide across the palate. The texture and mouthfeel of this wine offers up silky tannins and a velvety smooth structure.

The Food: Marinated & Grilled Flank Steak with Blue Cafe De Paris Butter.

Ageing: The complexity and structure of this wine will require three to six months to unwind and it will continue improving for several years. Due to the ripe tannins it will also benefit from decanting before serving.

Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)

 

LE 2011 - January Red from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo.

 


South African Sauvignon Blanc/SemillonJanuary: South African Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon

 

The Region: Known as 'Valley of Wine and Roses', South Africa's Robertson Valley has a very hot climate with minimal rainfall - less than a foot per year. Luckily the calcareous red clay loam and clay Karoo soils have excellent water holding capacity, and the gentle slopes and varied microclimates allow for precision planting to maximize grape quality.

The Wine: Sauvignon Blanc has wild, herbaceous flavours and tart, grapefruit-like character, which shows strongly in the young wine, while Semillon has flavours of honeydew melon and sweet honey that take a bit longer to come out. together the two grapes make a lush, balanced wine with great up-front fruit and a satisfying, rich finish.

The Food: Pan Roasted Digby Bay Scallop, Yam Puree, White Truffle Oil & Salsa Verde.

Ageing: The citrus notes of the Sauvignon Blanc make this wine tempting to drink right away and after three months the Semillon will rise up to give a mellower white wine. It will improve for at least a year, giving deeper flavours of melon and honey as it goes. 

 

Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)

 

 

LE 2011 - January White from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo


Start Your Holiday Wine

Oct 26, 2011

Between gift giving, family dinners, entertaining, and just sitting back to relax while on some much deserved time off - wine collections can sure take a beating during the month of December. Being unprepared for the inevitable increase in consumption can end up costing us dearly in the pocket book as we have to spend outrageous prices at the liquor store rather than having a bottle available to grab off our rack at home.

Between gift giving, family dinners, entertaining, and just sitting back to relax while on some much deserved time off - wine collections can sure take a beating during the month of December. Being unprepared for the inevitable increase in consumption can end up costing us dearly in the pocket book as we have to spend outrageous prices at the liquor store rather than having a bottle available to grab off our rack at home.

Be ready for the whirlwind that is Christmas. Take a look at your storage of wine now and make sure you have enough to get you through the New Year.

If you think you're a little low, Just Fine Wine can help you select and get your holiday wine under way.  

  • 6-8 week wine will need to be started by the first week of November.
  • 4-5 week wine will need to be started before the middle of November.

Avoid the disappointment of an empty cellar during the holidays. Get your wine started today!

 

Craft Your Own Masterpiece

Oct 1, 2011

The clock has struck midnight and the the curtain has been raised, officially unveiling this year's Limited Edition Wines. Just when you think Winexpert can not possibly match the previous year's releases, they go and outdo themselves yet again.  Just Fine Wine recently had the opportunity to sample 'commercial equivalents' for this year's varietals and, as usual, they are nothing short of brilliant. This year the lineup goes above and beyond, literally offering something for everyone. True masterpieces and must have additions to your wine collection. (Scroll down for wine by wine descriptions.)  

The clock has struck midnight and the the curtain has been raised, officially unveiling this year's Limited Edition Wines. Just when you think Winexpert can not possibly match the previous year's releases, they go and outdo themselves yet again.  Just Fine Wine recently had the opportunity to sample 'commercial equivalents' for this year's varietals and, as usual, they are nothing short of brilliant. This year the lineup goes above and beyond, literally offering something for everyone. True masterpieces and must have additions to your wine collection. (Scroll down for wine by wine descriptions.)  

Limited Editions are available by pre-order only; however, no deposit is required.

Pre-order deadline is Tuesday, December 5, 2011.

There are three ways to reserve your wine: 

  1. Email: info@justfinewine.ca
  2. Call: 604.944.7818
  3. In Person: Fill Out Your Downloadable Order Form and Bring it to Just Fine Wine

 

LE 2011 - Introduction from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo.


Washington MeritageJanuary: Washington Meritage

 

The Region: The Red Mountain AVA is Washington's Smallest, at approximately 3.600 acres. Grape growing conditions are almost textbook perfect: slope, exposure, weather conditions, good air drainage, large day/night temperature swings, gravelly soil with high calcium carbonate content and high pH and the nearby Yakima River to moderate temperature extremes - there could hardly be more positive flavour influences to grapes grown here.

The Wine: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot, this wine feature great extract, deep colour and intense aromatics of dark berry fruit, cassis, peppery spice, cedar and smoke. The seductive nose of this wine foreshadows magnificent texture and flavour, including dark berries, liquorice, vanilla and warm brown spices that glide across the palate. The texture and mouthfeel of this wine offers up silky tannins and a velvety smooth structure.

The Food: Marinated & Grilled Flank Steak with Blue Cafe De Paris Butter.

Ageing: The complexity and structure of this wine will require three to six months to unwind and it will continue improving for several years. Due to the ripe tannins it will also benefit from decanting before serving.

Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)

 

LE 2011 - January Red from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo.


South African Sauvignon Blanc/SemillonJanuary: South African Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon

 

The Region: Known as 'Valley of Wine and Roses', South Africa's Robertson Valley has a very hot climate with minimal rainfall - less than a foot per year. Luckily the calcareous red clay loam and clay Karoo soils have excellent water holding capacity, and the gentle slopes and varied microclimates allow for precision planting to maximize grape quality.

The Wine: Sauvignon Blanc has wild, herbaceous flavours and tart, grapefruit-like character, which shows strongly in the young wine, while Semillon has flavours of honeydew melon and sweet honey that take a bit longer to come out. together the two grapes make a lush, balanced wine with great up-front fruit and a satisfying, rich finish.

The Food: Pan Roasted Digby Bay Scallop, Yam Puree, White Truffle Oil & Salsa Verde.

Ageing: The citrus notes of the Sauvignon Blanc make this wine tempting to drink right away and after three months the Semillon will rise up to give a mellower white wine. It will improve for at least a year, giving deeper flavours of melon and honey as it goes. 

 

Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)

 

LE 2011 - January White from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo


California Petite Sirah/ZinfandelFebruary: California Petite Sirah/Zinfandel (Limited Edition 2005)

 

The Region: Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Amador County is sometimes called 'California's Piedmont'. With vineyards running from 150 to 2900 feet in elevation, and summer temperatures ranging from 80 to over 100 degrees F, the excellent growing conditions have encouraged diversified plantings.

The Wine: Grippingly tannic, bold and deeply coloured Petite Sirah compliments the jamminess of Zinfandel, taming the abundant blueberries and blackberries with a hint of dark cherry and vanilla. Full-bodied with a lingering palate and peppery spice, this is a wine of unprecedented power and length.

The Food: Apple Cider Brined Thick-Cut BBQ Pork Chops. 

 

Ageing: This is a wine that shows best with ageing. After one year the blackberries will come out, and at two years will tame the tannins grip, showing the black pepper and rich dark fruits.

 

Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)

 

LE 2011 - February Red from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo.


German Traminer Spatlese AllemandMarch: German Traminer Spatlese 

 

The Region: Germany's most famours growing region, the Mosel Valley, with its mineral-laden soils, produces some of the world's finest off-dry wines.The sheer mountains and rugged steep slopes make the most of the northern sunshine, but they also mean that vineyard work must be done by hand, and yields are very low. This results in carefully crafted, very intensely flavoured wines.

The Wine: Traminer is the parent of the more familiar Gewürztraminer and Spätlese is a German wine term meaning 'late harvest', indicating a wine made from fully mature grapes that are picked at least 7 days after normal harvest, so they are riper and have higher sugar levels. This is a gently golden-coloured wine, unmistakeable in its heady, aromatic intensity, with a pungent fragrance of lychee, tropical fruit and rose petals. Its flavours are ample, lusciously fruity and spicy.

The Food: Peach and Blueberry Cobbler.

Ageing: The intense fruit character will be apparent immediately in this rich wine making it a tempting sipper right away, but the deeper floral characters of rose petal and lychee will become more apparent after six months to a year.

Sweetness Code: 1 (off-dry)

 

LE 2011 - March White from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo


Spanish Matador Trio RedApril: Spanish Matador Trio Red

 

The Region: From the green damp north to the arid south, Spain is the country with the most land under vine in the world. Mancha is Europe's largest denominated wine region and its hot, dry growing conditions yield intensely flavoured red grapes.

The Wine: Tempranillo are deep blue-black berries, high in colour and in extract, with delicate aromas. Cabernet Sauvignon's small berries yield high tannins and intense structure, while Monastrell adds grip, earthiness and ripe red fruit. Lush, tannic and complex, with intense black fruit flavours of black cherry, raspberry, black currant and notes of plums and tobacco, the wine takes gracefully to oak, adding layers of vanilla, cedar and rich coffee nuances.

The Food: Mediterranean White Bean Salad, Marinated with Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano & Fine Herbs.

Ageing: With soft acidity and lush tannins, this wine is enjoyed after only three to six months, but the black fruits, cherry and plum notes will take six months to show well, and the vanilla/coffee nuances will show best after one year.

 

Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)

 

LE 2011 - April Red from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo.


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

 

Email: info@justfinewine.ca 

Call: 604.944.7818

In Person: Fill Out Your Downloadable Order Form and Bring it to Just Fine Wine

 

Pre-order deadline is Tuesday, December 5th, 2011.

Impart your personal artistic touch on this year's five Selection Limited Edition varieties. 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 Limited Editions win numerous awards at various amateur winemaking competitions and continue to be a highly sought-after offering. In fact, wines made with Selection Limited Edition series 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.

Don't forget to try out our Limited Edition game and contest at www.winexpert.com/limitededition

Order Your Limited Edition Wine Today

 

Take the opportunity to sample 'commercial equivalents'of the Limited Edition Wines in advance of the pre-order deadline. Just Fine Wine's Annual Limited Edition Wine Tasting takes place October 16th and features wine educator Dave Larocque. Join us for an enjoyable and informative afternoon and fun, food, prizes, and of course, wine!

Limited Edition Wine Tasting Oct 17th

 

 

Four NEW International Sensations!

Sep 12, 2011

 

 

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to announce the introduction of four brand new Selection International varieties that include crushed grape skins.  Selection International with grape skins is one of the most exciting and timely kits Winexpert has produced, allowing the winemaker to choose a country of origin kit with excellent varietal character, bold flavours and aromas and full-bodied tannins, all in a wine that drinks well young while also rewarding patience.   

 

 

Features
16.4 litres of juice and concentrate and 1.6 litres of grapeskins—18 litres total
Six week winemaking schedule
Layered flavour and a complex profile
Bolder flavours and aromas
Country of origin designation
Drinkable at 3 months of age, with potential for cellaring
Labels Included!
Selection International with Grape skins is one of the most exciting and timely kits Winexpert has produced, allowing the winemaker to choose a country of origin kit with excellent varietal character, bold flavours and aromas and full-bodied tannins, all in a wine that drinks well young and rewards patience.   

Features:

  • 18 litres of juice in total - 16.4 litres of juice and concentrate and 1.6 litres of grapeskins
  • Six week winemaking schedule
  • Complex profile with layered flavours
  • Bolder flavours, richer colour, and enhanced aromas and tannins
  • Country of origin designation
  • Drinkable at 3 months of age, with excellent potential for cellaring
  • 30 bottle labels included!   

We are excited to have these four great varieties available in stores now (Click on Wines For Further Information):

Australian Petit Verdot

Chilean Malbec Shiraz

Sicilian Nero D'Avola

Spanish Tempranillo.

Introducing an International Sensation     Introducing an International Sensation

 

All Selection Internation with Grape Skins kits yield 23 litres (or approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished product and are priced at $185 per batch (on-premise).  For more information on these great new kits, please contact us.

4 New International Sensations

 

 

From the Vine Fall 2011

Sep 1, 2011

Click the link to download your .pdf copy of Winexpert's From the Vine Fall 2011.

Click the link to download your .pdf copy of Winexpert's From the Vine Fall 2011.


From the Vine Fall 2011 articles include our new Selection International with Grape Skins product, the two seasonal World Vineyard varieties, this year's Limited Edition information, the return of Gamay Nouveau - a great reason to party and the Art of Blending wines to create superb results.