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French Gamay Nouveau Party Planner

Jul 18, 2011

Like Beaujolais Nouveau in France, Winexpert's Gamay Nouveau is a vin de l'année, a young wine to celebrate the end of harvest season. Nouveau-style wines are light, purple-pink, fruity, and considered by wine snobs to be 'easy drinking', usually accompanied by a nose-in-the-air attitude. The truth is that they're joyful wines, consumed for sheer pleasure. No heavy tannins, no need to break out the look-sniff-sip-spit wine-tasting moves, just pour, enjoy, repeat. Add happy guests, delicious low-effort food, and you'll have everything you need for a classic sophisticated but un-pompous get-together.

Like Beaujolais Nouveau in France, Winexpert's Gamay Nouveau is a vin de l'année, a young wine to celebrate the end of harvest season. Nouveau-style wines are light, purple-pink, fruity, and considered by wine snobs to be 'easy drinking', usually accompanied by a nose-in-the-air attitude. The truth is that they're joyful wines, consumed for sheer pleasure. No heavy tannins, no need to break out the look-sniff-sip-spit wine-tasting moves, just pour, enjoy, repeat. Add happy guests, delicious low-effort food, and you'll have everything you need for a classic sophisticated but un-pompous get-together.

Ready to drink at less than two months after the grapes are picked, Beaujolais has become the focus of a celebration that goes beyond a simple harvest festival and allows people in cities and regions outside of Beaujolais to toast the fruits of the vineyard with a celebration and a light-hearted party. The French even make a great game of racing their Nouveau wines to market as fast as possible, by train, airplane, balloon, and even on the Concorde!

There's no reason for those of us living outside France to miss out on a good party! The French have torchlight parades, fireworks and music festivals, but you can have as much fun on a slightly smaller scale, from a casual get-together, an appetiser assortment, or even a full French Bistro dinner! Friends, family, neighbours and winemaking pals will all want to participate. Don't think of it as a 'tasting'; think of it as a great excuse for a party. Here's how to pull it off with flair:

The Party Vibe

Casual, conversational, fun and definitely stylish, but with a certain je ne sais quoi. How you say? Ah, oui: Not trying too hard. Pretty up your house with fresh flowers and candlelight, but don't get too fussy. Think stand-up, move-around party, not sit-down dinner, and don't gather people around and walk them through a tasting. Your everyday white plates are fine, and both stemware and rustic tumblers wil do for the wine. Disposable cocktail plates are okay, though for a more eco-friendly option, try super-stylish biodegradable bamboo plates, or renting plates from a party supply house. (BONUS: you return them as-is and don't have to wash them!) 
 
Step One:

Start your Winexpert Seasonal Release Gamay Nouveau!  Then, decide:

  • Who is the party for? Friends, family, winemaking pals?
  • When is the party? Date, day of the week, time of day - make sure it's scheduled for when the Gamay is ready to drink, so plan on six to seven weeks after you pitch your yeast. The third Thursday in November is traditional, but make the date work for you.
  • Where is the party going to be? 
  • How many people are you inviting? 
  • What type of party is it? Brunch, lunch, hors d'oeuvres, buffet or sit-down meal? Remember, Gamay Nouveau isn't just for breakfast any more!

Step Two:

You've decided what type of party you're going to host, so now it's time to choose what sort of menu best fits the occassion. While you can serve any food you and your guests enjoy, French casual cuisine is a natural for celebrating this wonderful wine. Whatever menu you choose, it’s a great idea to be a "Locapour" and keep things local: The food and wine community has recently turned to the locavore concept, including the 100 Mile Diet, where consumers purchase local products both to support their community and to reduce their carbon footprint. There are even wineries now that only ship within 100 miles, and only in re-usable containers! If you’ve got an artisanal cheesemaker in your area, a great farmer’s market, a local butcher, be sure to make them part of your plans. You’ll support your local producers (never a bad idea!) and reduce your carbon footprint. 
Here are three menus you can follow, all simple and fun:

  1. Say ‘Fromage’: Cheese and Wine Party
    The simplest way to enjoy your Gamay Nouveau is with a simple cheese plate. Gamay Nouveau and cheese is a tasty combo - unlike other red wines, which can become muddled when their tannins run into the richness of cheese, Gamay Nouveau is a perfect foil, fruity and crisp. Served with crusty baguette and chilled butter, the following cheeses are excellent:

    Brie:
    Brie is a soft, creamy French cheese that is best served very fresh—ripe Brie can get quite aromatic and overwhelm Gamay Nouveau.

    Mild Cheddar:
    Cheddar is a firm English cheese that comes in all strengths. Choose a mild one to compliment this gentle red.

    Edam:
    Edam is a semi-hard, creamy cheese from Holland. It's slightly nutty and works well against the fruity flavors of the Gamay Nouveau.

    Munster:
    Munster is a French cheese - semi-soft, made from cow milk, with smooth holes. It can range from mild to sharp, but the milder version works best.

    Swiss:
    The classic! Elegant yellow cheese with large holes and a mild, nutty flavor, it’s a perfect foil for the soft fruitiness of Gamay Nouveau.
  2. Le Cocktail Party
    Perfect for any number of guests when you want a fun, celebratory mood. The classic French charcuterie platter is perfect for a Gamay Nouveau party.
    Charcuterie offerings typically includes paté, petite sausages (you could grill them the night before, refrigerate them, then re-heat in the oven the night of your party), and an assortment of little savories like black olives, cornichons, mustard and breads like baguette or whole-grain peasant loaf.
    You can include a cheese board, either with the varieties listed above, or if you have a good cheese supplier in your area, stretch your wings with a more challenging assortment of ripe Brie, Camembert, Morbier, Mimolette and Roquefort. For afters, lay on a tray of Madeleines, truffles or petit-fours with a steaming carafe of Café au lait.
  3. Le Bistro Chez Vous
    French Bistro cuisine is extremely hearty, unpretentious and the opposite of fussy, with many braises, stews and other dishes that are prepared ahead of time and served in generous portions with good bread, seasonal vegetables and plenty of vin Nouveau!
    If you want a classic experience you could make steak-frites, a very simply prepared steak with a mountain of crispy French fries. How often does anyone make homemade French fries anymore? Your guests will think it an amazing treat. Serve with a salad of fresh greens and you’re set.
    In Beaujolais vin Nouveau is used to make a traditional dessert with a glass of sliced peaches, topped with black currants and drenched in chilled Beaujolais wine. If peaches are out of season, or black currants are in short supply in your area, you can substitute fresh or thawed, frozen blackberries and peaches. Allow marinate for a half-hour before serving for a refreshing treat.

Whatever menu you choose, be sure to have fun. Remember, it’s a party, so make sure the hosts enjoy themselves as much as any guest!

Step 3: Let's Start Planning Your Party!

  • Make list of people to invite.
  • Mark the date on your calendar.
  • Send invitations (by mail, e-mail, Tweet-up, e-vite or phone).
  • Make sure menu is set and suitable for party size.
  • Make shopping list (food, paper goods, and decorations).
  • Plan cooking schedule: Determine what can be made ahead and frozen, day before, and that day, and what you are buying already prepared.
  • Make list of equipment needed (do you need to rent or borrow chairs and tables?).
  • Plan the layout of the rooms. (Make sure all the food tables are not right on top of each other to ensure smooth flow for people to mingle.)
  • Plan music.
  • Plan lighting.
  • Buy or make a centerpiece or other decorations.
  • Ensure you have enough cleaning supplies for before and after the party.
  • Make a checklist of what you are making with appropriate cooking equipment needed for each recipe.
  • Make sure you have al the platters and serving pieces you wil need.


During the Party
 
Make sure you've got:

  • Coat rack (hangers or a separate room to put coats.)
  • A place to put boots or umbrellas
  • Ice, and enough ice buckets or coolers to keep your Nouveau chilled
  • Cocktail napkins (have enough for 2 per person)
  • Toothpicks
  • Candles
  • Paper towels
  • Extra toilet paper, guest soaps, paper hand towels and potpourri (for powder room)
  • Plates and cutlery (appetizer, salad, dinner, dessert)
  • Glasses: Nouveau can be drunk out of anything, so be creative. The French serve it in one-pint 'Pot' glasses, but chunky water glasses, cheap wine glasses or jelly jars work great. No Styrofoam cups though!
  • Other glasses for water and soft drinks, and coffee cups
  • Silverware (remember al of the courses, a fresh spoon or stirrer is necessary for coffee)
  • If grilling, check the tank/charcoal/lighter fuel, bug spray, and citronela candles
  • Coffee and assortment of tea bags
  • Cream and sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Corkscrews! Have more than one, as a broken corkscrew is a tragedy.
  • Cameras, spare memory or film if you use it.
  • Garbage bags
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Club soda (for any thing that may spil, a great spot remover)
  • Space to chill your Gamay. It only takes soda 20 minutes to chill on ice. A large tub or picnic cooler can be used in a back room.
  • Picture taking. Get some shots of the party set up before your guests arrive. You may also want to designate a photographer to get good shots during the party, of folks having fun and toasting the Nouveau.

 
Consumables
 
Your food and wine menu wil be taken care of, but there are other things you'll need:

  • Ice. There's no such thing as too much ice. You'l need lots for coolers and ice buckets.
  • Soft drinks, juice, tea and coffee. Make a pot when guests arrive and set it out with cream, sugar, and artificial sweetener. Take care of your designated drivers!
  • Music. You don't have to hire a 15-piece band (although that would be totally awesome), but you should have a stereo system and a selection of party music. French chanteurs et chanteuses like Charles Aznavour, Serge Gainsbourg, Edith Piaf, Françoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, Stéphane Grappeli, Django Reinhardt, Plastic Bertrand,
    Gypsy music or any sort of party tunes that you enjoy are all good. If your collection isn't geared towards festive sounds, borrow from friends or have guests bring their favorites for a musical potluck. There's always a closet DJ in the crowd.
  • Lighting. Overhead lights can really harsh a melow party. Keep lighting dim and indirect. Create dramatic pools of light in key areas by clustering choirs of candles together, balling up Christmas lights and setting them out in bowls. If you're a real party maven you could instal a mirror ball with pin spot - they're surprisingly affordable. Black lights should be avoided, because they instantly reveal who has fake teeth and who's wearing a white bra under her sweater.
  • If you have a fireplace, light a fire to inject any party with relaxed elegance.
  • Decorations. You don't need piles of balloons or miles of crepe paper - that's for a high school prom. But it's nice to have flowers, candles (always unscented), and event-appropriate visuals, such as a poster of the Seine or even a basket of baguettes and berets. 

 
Notes On Party Equipment 

  • Paper goods. Buy cups, heavy-gauge plates, and napkins in various sizes, and don't forget the forks and knives. Even if you're using your own glassware and tableware, you should have stacks of cocktail napkins on hand for use as coasters, grease blotters, spill wipers, and olive pit receptacles.
  • Ashtrays. Even if you're banishing smokers to the back porch, have plenty of these on
    hand.
  • Wine cooler. An antique copper kettle is the most attractive option. A galvanized aluminum garbage can isn't as pretty, but if you can line it with a heavy-duty garbage bag it wil get the job done. The ugliest of al are those plastic coolers that get hauled to sports games, but that might fit in if your party is more of an ironic low-rent theme!
  • Trash cans. Keep a large trash can in the kitchen as well as strategically placed smaller trash cans so that guests can easy rid themselves of plates, napkins and the like. This will make your job of cleaning up a lot easier after the party.
  • And don't forget...corkscrews, bottle openers, stirrers, cocktail shakers, ice bucket and tongs, cutting boards, and enough sharp knives to handle meats and cheeses at the buffet and anything else that needs cutting up.
     

One More Thing
 
Have the number of your local taxi or Safe Ride Home service posted beside your phone and make sure those who need it use it. You don't need an excuse to have a party, but there's no excuse for partying and driving, and Just Fine Wine wants everyone to have a safe, fun time.

And do remember to have fun: the best parties are those where the host has as much fun as all the guests, and the best question a guest can ask is, 'When are you going to do this again!?'

Le Gamay Nouveau a Retourne

Jul 15, 2011

Exciting news just keeps on coming here at Just Fine Wine! On the heels of the Seasonal Spéciale Releases, we are happy to also announce the limited time return of French Gamay Nouveau!  Made with Gamay grapes sourced directly from France’s Beaujolais region, Winexpert’s Gamay Nouveau is a departure from the usual recommendation of waiting three months or longer before opening the first bottle. It will improve with time; however, "trunk aging" is all you really need with this wine.

Exciting news just keeps on coming here at Just Fine Wine! On the heels of the Seasonal Spéciale Releases, we are happy to also announce the limited time return of French Gamay Nouveau!  Made with Gamay grapes sourced directly from France’s Beaujolais region, Winexpert’s Gamay Nouveau is a departure from the usual recommendation of waiting three months or longer before opening the first bottle. It will improve with time; however, "trunk aging" is all you really need with this wine.

Selection International French Gamay Nouveau will yield 23L (approximately 30 Bottles) of finished product and is available by pre-order only. Deadline for pre-orders is August 4th, 2011 (no deposit required). The price is $175 (on-premise) and the product release date will be September 6, 2011.

CLICK HERE to read more about the Beaujolais Festival in France which occurs on the third Thursday of November each year.

CLICK HERE to find out some tips to host your own French Gamay Nouveau party!

Pre-Order by August 4 

 

NEW Vintners Reserve!

Jul 9, 2011

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to announce that our two NEW Vintners Reserve Wine Kits are now available.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to announce that our two NEW Vintners Reserve Wine Kits are now available.

Diablo Rojo: Dark purple in colour with a nose of blackberry jam melded with creamy vanilla aromas, and a touch of tobacco. Rich in the mouth, it has gently smooth tannins and ripe plum and berry flavours--very much in the character of an off-dry Merlot. The finish is long and fruit-filled, with the perfect amount of toasty oak. While it will improve with aging, this wine is perfect for enjoying right away, delicious with robust foods and excellent all on its own.

Ángel Blanco: An easy drinking, well-rounded white wine, with appealing fruit flavours and aromas. Rich and boldly fruity from a blend of Chardonnay, Muscat and Riesling that delivers up a floral aromatic nose and a fine mix of peachy, honey, pineapple fruit finishing with a perfect balance of acidity and fruitiness. Serve well chilled before dinner or pair it up with spicy foods to tame the heat and compliment your cuisine

Diablo Rojo and Ángel Blanco both yield 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and are available now at Just Fine Wine for $130 (on-premise).

 

New Vintners Reserve

 

 

Selection Speciale Seasonal Wines Are Coming!

Jul 8, 2011

For a limited time only, Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are offering three great products for you to make and enjoy this fall.  We are pleased to announce the return of the always popular Chocolate Raspberry Port and Okanagan Peach Icewine style.  And back by popular demand, Blackberry Port.

For a limited time only, Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are offering three great products for you to make and enjoy this fall.  We are pleased to announce the return of the always popular Chocolate Raspberry Port and Okanagan Peach Icewine style.  And back by popular demand, Blackberry Port.

This year, all three of our Selection Spéciale wines won GOLD at the 2011 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition.  For three years in a row, our Chocolate Raspberry Port and Okanagan Peach Icewine style have won Gold medals.  And our Blackberry Port won Gold in it's first year.

Don't let this opportunity to enjoy these delicious award winning wines pass you by. They are available for a limited time, and by pre-order only. You can make and enjoy not one, but three, wonderfully delicious seasonal Spéciale products this year - perfect for seasonal gift giving and general merriment!

Deadline for orders is Thursday, August 4, 2011.

 

Chocolate Raspberry Port

Multiple Gold medal winner at the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 WineMaker Amateur Wine Competition. Hugely popular for four years in a row, many were left wanting more while others just plain missed out. This year, make sure to pre-order yours by August 4th.

Okanagan Peach Icewine Style

This specialty wine was first introduced four years ago and many were disappointed when it didn't return in 2009. Popular demand brought Okanagan Peach Ice Wine back in 2010 and it is returning again this year. This wine has won Gold at the past three WineMaker Magazine Amateur wine competitions.

Blackberry Port

The introduction of Blackberry Port was a great success and we have brought it back this year. Blackberry Port is bursting with the intense fruit flavours found in Port and the bright berry notes lift up this wine, making it a superb foil for intense cheeses, roasted nuts and especially chocolate desserts. 

 

The arrival of French Gamay Nouveau from France's Beaujolais region, partnered with the amazing Seasonal Spéciale Releases, is going to make for a fabulous Fall for wine crafting at Just Fine Wine.

Don't delay, these wines are available for a limited time and by pre-order only. Pre-order deadline is Thursday, August 4, 2011 (no deposit required).

There are several easy ways to get your name on the pre-order list(s) before August 4th:

 

  1. Drop into the Shop in person
  2. Call Just Fine Wine at 604-944-7818
  3. DOWNLOAD AN ORDER FORM (microsoft word document format); fill it out; and email the completed form to info@justfinewine.ca.

 

We're offering a great deal on double batches of the Spéciale wines:

  • Chocolate Rasberry Port yields 11.5L (approximately thirty 375ml bottles) and is priced at $135 for a single batch and $230 for a double batch (on-premise).
  • Okanagan Peach Ice Wine yields 11.5L (approximately thirty 375ml bottles) and is priced at $135 for a single batch and $230 for a double batch (on-premise).
  • Blackberry Port yields 11.5L (approximately thirty 375ml bottles) and is priced at $135 for a single batch and $230 for a double batch (on-premise).
  • French Gamay Nouveau yields 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and is priced at $175 (on-premise).

 

Celebrate, Save, & Win!

Apr 7, 2011

Join us at Just Fine Wine's Annual Anniversary & Client Appreciation Celebration. Stop by the shop from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, June 25th and from 11am until 3pm on Sunday, June 26th for huge discounts, FREE BBQ, light refreshments, contests, prizes galore, and your opportunity to enter for a chance to win the Grand Prize 50-Bottle Wine Fridge worth over $500 (No Purchase Necessary)!

Join us at Just Fine Wine's Annual Anniversary & Client Appreciation Celebration. Stop by the shop from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, June 25th and from 11am until 3pm on Sunday, June 26th for huge discounts, FREE BBQ, light refreshments, contests, prizes galore, and your opportunity to enter for a chance to win the Grand Prize 50-Bottle Wine Fridge worth over $500 (No Purchase Necessary)!

Mark Your Calendars! Just Fine Wine's Annual Anniversary & Client Appreciation Celebration 2011 will take place:

  

SATURDAY, JUNE 25th 10 AM TIL 4 PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 26th 11 AM TIL 3 PM

 

Every year we like to take the opportunity to thank all of our clients for their continued support of Just Fine Wine. Bring your family and friends - all are welcome! We look forward to seeing you. 


Take Advantage of the Biggest Discounts of the Year

 
Join us June 25th & 26th for our biggest and best sale of the year:

$25 OFF: Selection Estate Series Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot; Selection Estate Series Italian Barolo; Selection Original Luna Rossa; and Selection International Italian Pinot Grigio (On-premise wine kits with service only. Barrel aged wines not included).

$15 OFF: All Selection International Chilean Wines including: Cabernet Sauvignon; Carmenere; Merlot; Pinot Noir; and Sauvignon Blanc (On-premise wine kits with service only. Barrel aged wines not included).

$15 OFF: All Selection Spéciale Wines including: "New Millenium" Sparkling Wine; Port; Blackberry Port; Cabernet Franc Ice Wine; Riesling Ice Wine; Cream Sherry; and Dry Sherry (On-premise kits with service only).

$10 OFF: All other Winexpert wine kits with on-premise service (Barrel aged wines not included).

Additional 10% OFF: On top of the customary 10% discount on all take-home wine kits for the home winemaker.

Everyone who orders a wine kit (on-premise or take-home), gets to spin the Prize Wheel. Lady Luck will decide whether you're going home with a prize, giftware, gift cards, or additional money off your purchase!

Plus, everyone is eligible to enter for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE 50 BOTTLE WINE FRIDGE!!! 


Refer a Friend and Win!

 

Do you have friends and family who are fans of your wine? Well, there's no better time to get them started on a batch of their own. Bring them with you to our Client Appreciation Days on June 25th and 26th for your chance to win a free kit of your choice with on-premise service included (up to a $165 value)! When a new client (must be a seperate household from referring client) makes their first order with us, you both will receive our standing $20 referral discount (or sale discount, whichever is greater) as well as be entered into an exclusive draw for a free on-premise wine kit including service! This offer valid June 25th and 26th only, so don't miss out! 


We want to thank all of our clients, new and old, for consistently choosing Just Fine Wine and look forward to seeing you!

 

Think Pink This Summer

Apr 7, 2011

Rosé is One of the Most Glorious Wines in the World even though it's often overshadowed by big reds and heavier, oaky whites. The best Rosés, are subtle, complex wines that have about as much in common with White Zinfandel as the graceful art of ballet has with falling down a set of stairs! Winexpert Spanish Rosé is a luscious combination of Spanish red and white grapes, including the silky and seductive Tempranillo, that creates a perfect Spanish Rosé that should be enjoyed while young, crisp, and refreshing. Full of red summer fruit aromas, grenadine, cherry and strawberry over a backdrop of aromatic herbs, it's soft and silky on the palate, but with a fine freshness underlining the ripe berry flavours. The palate is full of bright stone fruit that is beautifully balanced with a crisp, refreshing acidity and a lingering finish with a hint of minerality. A versatile wine that pairs well with a long list of dishes, from small appetizers, to a fish & seafood paella and many other tapas based on vegetables and white meats.

Rosé is One of the Most Glorious Wines in the World even though it's often overshadowed by big reds and heavier, oaky whites. The best Rosés, are subtle, complex wines that have about as much in common with White Zinfandel as the graceful art of ballet has with falling down a set of stairs! Winexpert Spanish Rosé is a luscious combination of Spanish red and white grapes, including the silky and seductive Tempranillo, that creates a perfect Spanish Rosé that should be enjoyed while young, crisp, and refreshing. Full of red summer fruit aromas, grenadine, cherry and strawberry over a backdrop of aromatic herbs, it's soft and silky on the palate, but with a fine freshness underlining the ripe berry flavours. The palate is full of bright stone fruit that is beautifully balanced with a crisp, refreshing acidity and a lingering finish with a hint of minerality. A versatile wine that pairs well with a long list of dishes, from small appetizers, to a fish & seafood paella and many other tapas based on vegetables and white meats.

With a release date of April 11th, Selection International Spanish Rosé produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and is available in limited quantities for a limited time only for $165 (on-premise). Come to Just Fine Wine to start yours today.

 Spanish Rose

The Return of Selection Estate Small Lots

Apr 7, 2011

The 2010 Selection Estate Small Lots “3 Continents Red Meritage” was so popular that Just Fine Wine and Winexpert is pleased to announce that for 2011, we will be offering "3 Continents Meritage Red” AND “3 Continents Meritage White” in the Small Lots offering. Two exceptional blends of three varietals from three different continents.

The 2011 Selection Estate Small Lots - A Perfect Pair

The 2010 Selection Estate Small Lots “3 Continents Red Meritage” was so popular that Just Fine Wine and Winexpert is pleased to announce that for 2011, we will be offering "3 Continents Meritage Red” AND “3 Continents Meritage White” in the Small Lots offering. Two exceptional blends of three varietals from three different continents.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the name Meritage, it came into existence back in 1989 in California as a way to define a “Bordeaux Blend” of grapes that was made on non-French soil. The word ‘Meritage’ is a combination of merit and heritage which represents the high degree of winemaking skill required to produce these outstanding blends.

Red Meritage must include at least two of the following: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. White Meritage must have 2 of the following: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. A single varietal cannot make up more than 90% of the blend and it has to be a ‘high-end’ wine for the winery, no bargain basement offerings. The taste profile for a Meritage is very similar to a Bordeaux since it is made with the same grapes, but not in France.

Selection Estate Small Lots feature a limited number of ultra premium wine kits, only available in the year they are released. These special wine kits produce 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and are now available in limited quantities. Contact Us to secure yours today.

CLICK HERE for further information on 3 Continents Meritage Red.

CLICK HERE for further information on 3 Continents Meritage White.

2011 Small Lots

 

Twisted Mist is Back!

Mar 29, 2011

Get ready to Twist again like you did last summer! Twisted Mist, the monster party hit of last year is back this Spring with your original favourites, Mojito and a reformulated Strawberry Margarita (a little less sweet than last year but still Tiki-licious). They have a delicious NEW friend with them in 2011 – Lime Margarita! Whether you're looking to throw a spring fling fiesta, a summer time backyard BBQ extravaganza or you just want to relax in the sun with good company, these 3 fun-loving cocktail flavours have got you covered.

Get ready to Twist again like you did last summer! Twisted Mist, the monster party hit of last year is back this Spring with your original favourites, Mojito and a reformulated Strawberry Margarita (a little less sweet than last year but still Tiki-licious). They have a delicious NEW friend with them in 2011 – Lime Margarita! Whether you're looking to throw a spring fling fiesta, a summer time backyard BBQ extravaganza or you just want to relax in the sun with good company, these 3 fun-loving cocktail flavours have got you covered.

Twisted Mist yield 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles), are priced at $125 per batch, and will be available the first week in April 2011. Even better news is the option to make a combo pack which will give you 15 bottles of any two flavours. They'll only be around for a limited time, so don't miss out. Contact Just Fine Wine to get yours before they are all gone. Visit www.winexpert.com/twisted for more details and delicious drink recipes.

Twisted Mist is Back!

Twisted Mist FAQ:

What is Twisted Mist?
It’s a 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 12.5% 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

 

Learn to Twist Regular Island Mist

 

Twisted Mist has been launched on Facebook.  To start the site up, Tiki is holding a photo contest.  He wants you to take him along with you and get your picture taken together.  Whether it is on a spring vacation, a weekend camping trip, or even a trip to the grocery store, Tiki can't wait to see where he is going next.  The contest wil run from April 17 to May 31, 2011, see the Facebook site for all the details.  You can download a Tiki from the Twisted Mist Facebook site, www.facebook.com/TwistedMist.  Happy Tiki picture taking.

For any further information Contact Just Fine Wine or visit: www.winexpert.com/twisted

 

April Means Showers But Also Douro Tinto!

Mar 28, 2011

We're a still a few days away from April but the latest Limited Edition, Portuguese Douro Tinto, is now available for you to start.  If you placed a pre-order for this wine, please drop into the shop to get your batch(es) started.

We're a still a few days away from April but the latest Limited Edition, Portuguese Douro Tinto, is now available for you to start.  If you placed a pre-order for this wine, please drop into the shop to get your batch(es) started.

This year's Limited Edition wines are making for some very happy winemakers at Just Fine Wine. So much so that there has been numerous requests to secure additional kits. While we have unfortunately stocked out of Australian Shiraz/Viognier, Pacifica White, and Italian Primitivo, we do have some extra stock available in the Austrian Grüner Veltliner and Portuguese Douro Tinto. Whether you missed the pre-order or you want to top up your existing order, act fast before it's too late to enjoy these great wines. 


 

Portugese Douro TintoApril: Portugese Douro Tinto

The Region: The Douro valley is Portugal’s premium wine region. Situated along the Rio Douro (River of Gold), the scenery is spectacular and the soil is just about perfect for growing quality wine grapes. The climate is continental,very hot and desert-dry in the summer; cold and wet in the winter. Douro’s most memorable feature is its difficult terrain. Most of the slopes are so steep that the only way to grow anything is by creating terraces, the painstaking construction of dry stonewalls to support the banks of soil.

The Wine:A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca,the names may be unfamiliar, but Tinta Roriz is the same grape as Spanish Tempranillo. Together they make an intensely aromatic wine with an impressive depth of fruit and complexity. Black fruits such as cassis along with mulberry and raspberry predominate and are complemented by plums and tobacco, followed by the resinous aromas of violets and rockrose. High tannin levels and good natural acidity mean that the wine has an excellent potential for ageing without loss of structure or balance.

The Food:Incredibly flexible as a food wine, Douro Tinto will match perfectly with roasted lamb, or duck, barbecued meats, grilled eel and meat sauces. The finesse and complexity also make it intriguing just on its own.

Ageing:This wine will show black fruit, plums and a firm structure of acid and tannins. Six to twelve months will reveal more floral aromas and a hint of ripe berries and cassis.

Sweetness Code: 0 (dry) 

Click Here for the Limited Edition Feature Sheets

 


3 Great Ways to Enjoy Summer

Mar 19, 2011

Just Fine Wine & Winexpert have several new and returning products perfect for Summer enjoyment:

Just Fine Wine & Winexpert have several new and returning products perfect for Summer enjoyment:

1. Island Mist - Cranberry Malbec

It wouldn't be Spring without lounging back in a deck chair with a cool Island Mist in your hands while enjoying a fresh breeze of Spring air. To make it even better, Just Fine Wine & Winexpert are introducing new Cranberry Malbecto the Island Mist line up. The crisp tartness of Cranberry enveloped with the robust fruity structure of Malbec make this a perfect blend. Cranberry Malbec produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and is available for ordering now.

2. Twisted Mist - Lime Margarita, Strawberry Margarita, & Mojito

It's time once again to get Twisted! Following the highly successful introductory launch of Twisted Mist last year we have decided to bring them back. Returning will be the popular Mojito and a reformulated Strawberry Margarita (not quite as sweet this time). Also joining Twisted Mist will be new Lime Margarita. Lime Margarita was by far the most requested new cocktail. All three Twisted Mists produce 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and will be available for ordering in the first week of April.

3. Selection International - Spanish Rose

Last year Winexpert decided to take a break from Spanish Rosé and there was such a response from retailers and consumers alike saying that they missed their favourite summertime Rosé, that we are bringing it back for another season. Spanish Rosé is a luscious combination of Spanish red and white grapes, including the silky and seductive Tempranillo, creates a perfect Spanish Rosé that should be enjoyed while young, crisp and refreshing. Selection International Spanish Rosé produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and will be available to order mid-April.