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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.

 

From the Vine Spring 2011

Mar 8, 2011

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

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


From the Vine Spring 2011 articles include the return of Twisted Mist, the new Island Mist Cranberry Malbec, this year's Selection Estate Small Lots release, Selection International Spanish Rosé and the benefits of aging your Selection Limited Edition wines.

 

March Limited Edition Now in Store

Mar 7, 2011

 

 

March's Limited Edition, Austrian Grüner Veltliner, is now on our shelves. If you placed a pre-order for this wine please drop into the shop to get your batch(es) underway.

The results of the first few Limited Edition releases from this year have been outstanding and we anticipate the trend to continue with Austrian Grüner Veltliner. We have a limited number of extra kits available for anyone who missed the pre-order or decided after the fact to add this wonderful wine to their cellar.

 


Austrian Gruner VeltlinerMarch: Austrian Gruner Veltliner

 

The Region: Grüner Veltliner is almost unique to the Niederösterreich, Austria’s growing region along the Danube River North of Vienna. It finds its finest balance in loess, the fine grained, densely compacted glacial dust that has blown in to the vineyards over many thousands of years. This unique terrior is largely responsible for the distinctive characteristics of arguably Austria’s greatest asset.

The Wine: Grüner Veltliner produces stunningly intense and concentrated wines that start with citrus and grapefruit aromas, hinting from the very beginning at the variety’s most distinguishing characteristic, the spicy fragrance of freshly ground white pepper. In addition to white pepper they can also show aromas of sour apples, flowers and minerals — surprisingly delicate.

The Food: The steely dryness and bracing acidity of Grüner Veltliner works brilliantly with seafood, mussels, salmon, grilled halibut, fish stew, and grilled oysters.

Ageing: This wine has huge ageing potential. After three months in the bottle it will present bright, simple flavours of citrus, but after a year the tropical fruits will come out to duel with the white pepper.

Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)

 

Click Here for the Limited Edition Feature Sheets

  


 

Earliest Known Winery found in Armenia

Feb 21, 2011

WASHINGTON — The earliest known winery has been uncovered in a cave in the mountains of Armenia.

WASHINGTON — The earliest known winery has been uncovered in a cave in the mountains of Armenia.

A vat to press the grapes, fermentation jars and even a cup and drinking bowl dating to about 6,000 years ago were discovered in the cave complex by an international team of researchers.

While older evidence of wine drinking has been found, this is the earliest example of complete wine production, according to Gregory Areshian of the University of California, Los Angeles, co-director of the excavation.

The findings, announced Tuesday by the National Geographic Society, are published in the online edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science.

"The evidence argues convincingly for a wine-making facility," said Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, who was not part of the research team.

Such large-scale wine production implies that the Eurasian grape had already been domesticated, said McGovern, author of "Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer and Other Alcoholic Beverages."

The same Armenian area was the site of the discovery of the oldest known leather shoe, dated to about 5,500 years ago. That discovery at the area known as Areni-1 was reported last summer.

According to the archeologists, inside the cave was a shallow basin about 3 feet across that was positioned to drain into a deep vat.

The basin could have served as a wine press where people stomped the grapes with their feet, a method Areshian noted was traditional for centuries.

They also found grape seeds, remains of pressed grapes and dozens of dried vines. The seeds were from the same type of grapes -- Vitis vinifera vinifera -- still used to make wine.

The earliest comparable remains were found in the tomb of the ancient Egyptian king Scorpion I, dating to around 5,100 years ago.

Because the wine-making facility was found surrounded by graves, the researchers suggest the wine may have been intended for ceremonial use.

That made sense to McGovern, who noted that wine was the main beverage at funeral feasts and was later used for tomb offerings.

Indeed, he said, "Even in lowland regions like ancient Egypt where beer reigned supreme, special wines from the Nile Delta were required as funerary offerings and huge quantities of wine were consumed at major royal and religious festivals."

McGovern noted that similar vats for treading on grapes and jars for storage have been found around the Mediterranean area.

In his books, McGovern has suggested that a "wine culture," including the domestication of the Eurasian grape, was first consolidated in the mountainous regions around Armenia before moving to the south.

(Article by Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press Science Writer. Photo from Associated Press)

Wine Serving Temperatures

Feb 1, 2011

Did you know that almost all wine served in North America is served at the wrong temperature? It may not seem like a big deal; however, the wrong serving temperature can impair flavour and deprive the drinker of the full expression of a wine's character. Most of us have a tendency to serve our white wines a little too cold and our red wines a little too warm. Common wisdom tells us that we should serve red wines at room temperature and white wines chilled. However, in winter when we have our furnace running, room temperature will usually be warmer than the ideal for drinking red wine. Likewise, drinking white wine straight out of our refrigerator that is set at 2 degrees Celsius is too cold. If you serve a wine too cold, all the flavours and aroma will be hidden, and if you serve a wine too warm, all that you will taste is the alcohol.

Did you know that almost all wine served in North America is served at the wrong temperature? It may not seem like a big deal; however, the wrong serving temperature can impair flavour and deprive the drinker of the full expression of a wine's character. Most of us have a tendency to serve our white wines a little too cold and our red wines a little too warm. Common wisdom tells us that we should serve red wines at room temperature and white wines chilled. However, in winter when we have our furnace running, room temperature will usually be warmer than the ideal for drinking red wine. Likewise, drinking white wine straight out of our refrigerator that is set at 2 degrees Celsius is too cold. If you serve a wine too cold, all the flavours and aroma will be hidden, and if you serve a wine too warm, all that you will taste is the alcohol.

 

White Wine

White wines should be served cool, but not too cold. At 10-12°C (50-54°F) fruit and crispness are at their peak but at colder temperatures, bouquet and flavour nuances begin to recede and the wine goes numb.

Most restaurants hold their white wine in reach-in coolers, most of which also hold beer or soda. These refridgeration units are typically kept at 4°C (38°F). If your wine arrives as frosty as this, it's perfectly acceptable to ask the waiter to let it warm up before serving it. If you're not able to wait a half hour, have them bring an ice bucket of warm water, and hold the wine for five minutes to take the chill off.

Red Wine

Red wines should be served at cool room temperature, but not warm. At roughly 18-20°C (65-68°F) fruit becomes more evident on the palate and in harmony with the tannins. Served too warm, red wines will seem "hot" (high in alcohol) and flabby, with poor fruit/tannin balance. If you are served a red wine at this temperature, go ahead and ask for an ice bucket—don't be embarrassed or worried. You're paying for the wine and you can do anything you want with it. Hold it in the bucket for five to ten minutes to take the edge off the heat and then taste it. 

 

Serving your wine at the correct temperature just takes a little planning ahead. Most of us keep the white wines we plan to drink in the fridge but they should be removed a little while before you serve them, so that they are not overly cold when consumed. How long before depends on what type of wine it is. Conversely, a red wine stored at a temperature warmer than you wish to drink it can be chilled slightly by placing it in the fridge 30 or so minutes before serving. To rapidly chill a bottle of wine, placing it in iced water will be quicker than using your fridge.

Below is a brief guide to the suggested best serving temperature for different types of wine:

Wine Temperatures

 

Visit Easy Food & Wine to read more on wine serving temperatures.

(photo credit: Easy Food & Wine)

 

January Limited Editions Available Now

Jan 24, 2011

The January Limited Editions are here! If you placed a pre-order for one or both of the Australian Shiraz/Viognier or Pacifica White, please drop into Just Fine Wine to start your wine. In a couple of short months you will be taking home dazzling Limited Edition wine to add to your collection at home.

The January Limited Editions are here! If you placed a pre-order for one or both of the Australian Shiraz/Viognier or Pacifica White, please drop into Just Fine Wine to start your wine. In a couple of short months you will be taking home dazzling Limited Edition wine to add to your collection at home.

Many batches of these wines have already been started here at the shop and the quality of the product is clearly evident at the initial stages. It's safe to say we're in for quite a treat with these two - and we expect the same with the remainder of the Limited arriving in the coming months.


Australian Shiraz/ViognierJanuary: Australian Shiraz/Viognier

The Region: The warm climate and rich sandy loam soils of Australia’s Riverland region could produce high yields, but the artisan grape growers at Salmon Gum Vineyards remove half the fruit at bud-burst and limit irrigation. With smaller numbers of berries and water-stressed vines, the resultant grapes display highly concentrated flavour, aroma and body.

The Wine: Blending red and white grapes brings lush balance to this lively, deep ruby wine. Ripe berry fruit and violet aromas from the Shiraz are balanced by floral and stone fruit notes from the Viognier, with beguiling hints of orange blossom followed by toast and smokiness. There’s sufficient acidity to give it structure, but the overall impression is soft and velvety. The long, gentle finish is ripe and appealing with surprising complexity.

The Food: A great choice for game or meat dishes, it also works spectacularly with ratatouille and even soft fruit, especially combined with soft-ripened or goat’s cheeses. It’s also great all by itself as an elegant sipping wine.

Ageing: Appealingly bright and fruity when young, it will develop more of its fl oral aromas after six months, and after a year will begin to show violets and blackberry flavours, and continue to deepen in flavour.

Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)

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Pacifica WhiteJanuary: Pacifica White

The Region: The Pacific Rim has micro-climates and terroir as diverse and excellent as any in the world. With Semillon from the blazing sunshine in Australia, Chardonnay from the crisp valley air in Okanagan, British Columbia, and Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier from the hot sunny mornings and cool afternoons of California’s North Coast, each vineyard also has unique soil ranging from sandy river bottom loam, to stony red clay, and nearly pure limestone.

The Wine: Pacifica White showcases bright fruit, excellent structure and a long layered finish running out from a veritable fruit salad of flavours and aromas. Complex pear and honey notes, grassy citrus and grapefruit, ripe apple, fig, melon, peach, and pineapple all mellow into spicy, honey, butter, butterscotch and hazelnut flavours that linger beguilingly.

The Food: Full-bodied yet supple, this wine has a range of fruit characters and enough acidity to stand up to a wide range of foods. Off dry, but perfectly balanced it works well with spices, seafood, clams, mussels in saffron cream, and especially with Asian food.

Ageing: Delicious and ready to drink almost immediately, this wine has the ability to change with time, evolving dominant notes from one grape to the next. Sauvignon Blanc’s citrus and herbs provide crispness early on, giving way to melon and honey notes of Semillon, then Viognier rises to show stone fruit, flowers, ripe apricots and candied orange peel while Chardonnay asserts its green apple and notes of white fruits and minerals.

Sweetness Code: 1 (perfectly balanced and luscious)

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Making Ice Wine

Jan 15, 2011

 

 

All winemaking relies heavily on a number of complex variables but the harvesting and making of Ice Wines take that process to a whole other level. It just so happens to be Ice Wine season and while Ice Wine itself is sweet and fruity, the behind the scenes harvesting is dark and cold.

The ice wine from Canada is anticipated to be exceptional this year, here's a video guide to how it is made.

You can make Ice Wine of your own at Just Fine Wine. We offer you two styles to choose from: Riesling Ice Wine (white) and Cabernet Franc Ice Wine (red).

(Photo Credit: Catavino.net)

 

Winter Wine Festivals

Dec 29, 2010

Just because it's Winter doesn't mean there are a lack of wine events. Whether you're on the East Coast or the West, this January has you covered in the wine festival department. 

Just because it's Winter doesn't mean there are a lack of wine events. Whether you're on the East Coast or the West, this January has you covered in the wine festival department. 

 

Starting with the West is the Winter Okanangan Wine Festival situated at the beautiful Sun Peaks Resort. Perfect for any snow and wine lover, this festival is all about enjoying the fresh powder on the mountains of the beautiful Okanagan followed by relishing in an array of award winning BC wines, seminars and delicious food.

 

On the other side of the Coast is the coveted Ontario Icewine featured at the 16th Annual Niagara Ice Wine Festival. This festival spans a fantastic 3 week period filled with local cuisine, live entertainment and of course some of the best wines of the region.

 

For more information on the Okanagan Winter Wine Festival, including events, dates and ticket information visit their official website.

 

For more information on the Niagara Ice Wine Festival, including events, dates and ticket information visit their official website.

 

(Photo Credit: The Wall Street Journal.com)