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Niagara Passion-Wine, Food and Music Celebration

Jul 13, 2010

Great wine, food, music and all for charity? Yes! That's what the Niagara Passion-Niagara on the Lake weekend has to offer.

Great wine, food, music and all for charity? Yes! That's what the Niagara Passion-Niagara on the Lake weekend has to offer.

Taste T.O. says: "Niagara Passion will feature 22 wineries and 17 restaurants from the Niagara-on-the-Lake. Come taste the pairings of wine and gourmet food, listen to superb jazz music, and participate in live and silent auctions. Proceeds to benefit The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake charities and the Walker Family Cancer Centre."

The official Press release from Niagara Passion offers: "This high end cultural, wine, food and music event is a multipurpose two day event designed to educate visitors in the art of wine tasting, wine pairing and gourmet food tasting and the culinary art of preparation.

22 wineries of Niagara on the Lake along with celebrated chefs from Niagara region restaurants will offer samplings of a taste of Niagara, combined with the wonderful sounds of Jazz. Location for the 2010 event is beautiful Mori Gardens in Niagara on the Lake that offers an outstanding ambiance befitting such an exceptional event.

Saturday August 21st enjoy an afternoon of wine and food tasting along with the international sounds of performer Juliet Dunn and her quintet who recently returned from a world tour. The event will run from 1pm – 4pm with the lounge and music from 1pm-5pm. On Sunday August 22nd a selection of specially designed wine and culinary tours are available for visitors to experience more of Niagara’s wine country."

 

For more information on the festival visit their official website: Niagara Passion.com

References: Taste T.O.and Niagara Passion.com Photo Credit: Niagara Passion.com

 

The World's Oldest Champagne Found on Baltic Seabed

Jul 13, 2010

In fascinating wine news, the World's oldest drinkable champagne was recently found in a shipwreck off the coast of Finland. Read the full article from the BBC News below:

In fascinating wine news, the World's oldest drinkable champagne was recently found in a shipwreck off the coast of Finland. Read the full article from the BBC News below:

 

Divers have found 30 bottles of champagne thought to pre-date the French Revolution on the Baltic seabed.

When they opened one, they found the wine - believed to have been made by Clicquot (now Veuve Clicquot) between 1782 and 1788 - was still in good condition. The bottle - whose shape indicates it was produced in the 18th Century - has now been sent to France for analysis. If confirmed, it would be the oldest drinkable champagne in the world. Diver Christian Ekstrom was exploring a shipwreck on the Baltic seabed when he found the bottles.

'Sweet taste'

He took one to the surface, where he opened it and tasted it with his colleagues. "It was fantastic," he told the Reuters news agency. "It had a very sweet taste, you could taste oak and it had a very strong tobacco smell. And there were very small bubbles."

According to records, Clicquot champagne was first produced in 1772 but was laid down for 10 years, the French news agency AFP reported. Production was disrupted after the French Revolution in 1789. The wine found on the seabed was perfectly preserved because of the conditions of dark and cold on the seabed. If the bottles do come from the 1780s, that would make them around 40 years older than the current record-holder, a bottle of Perrier-Jouet from 1825. Wine experts estimate each bottle would fetch around 500,000 Swedish kronor (£45,000; $69,000) at auction.

The bottles were found off the coast of Aaland, an autonomous part of Finland. The local authorities will decide what is done with the shipwreck - and the champagne.

Article from the BBC News. Photo Credit: Vinography.com.

 

How To Remove Red Wine Stains With Common Household Products

Jul 13, 2010

It happens. To some of us more often than others. The drip, the tip and the all out spill. Inevitably it seems to occur most often in the presence of all things white. And while it is unfortunate, there is hope. The key to successfully removing a red wine stain is acting quickly. There are many commercially available products on the market but chances are, you have everything you need conveniently located right in the comfort of your home. Whichever stain removal procedure you choose there are a few important rules to follow:

It happens. To some of us more often than others. The drip, the tip and the all out spill. Inevitably it seems to occur most often in the presence of all things white. And while it is unfortunate, there is hope. The key to successfully removing a red wine stain is acting quickly. There are many commercially available products on the market but chances are, you have everything you need conveniently located right in the comfort of your home. Whichever stain removal procedure you choose there are a few important rules to follow:

  • Blotting the stain is essential. You never want to rub the stain. This will penetrate the stain into the fabric further, deepening the stain and potentially harming the fibers of the fabric.
  • Be sure to test any procedure on a small discrete area to be sure that the removal doesn't harm the fabric. Hydrogen peroxide for example acts as a bleaching agent and therefore may harm darker fabrics.
  • Never apply heat to a stain (using an iron or dryer). Doing so will set the stain making it very difficult to remove. Lastly, when dealing with stains on clothing, check the label to see if it's dry clean only. If it is, don't attempt to remove the stain yourself. Take the garment to the dry cleaners as soon as possible.

Below is a list of various stain removal remedies using common household products:

For Clothing:

  1. Blot the stain immediately with paper towels. Combine 1 teaspoon laundry soap or dish soap and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Soak a clean sponge in the mixture, squeeze it halfway dry, then gently blot the stain. Place a dry towel or washcloth between the front and back of the garment if the stain has not penetrated through to the back of the fabric. This will prevent staining on the back of the material. Review the washing instructions on the label of the fabric. Heed any special care instructions. Wash in cool water and air dry if the fabric is machine-washable. Wash gently in the sink with a mild detergent if the fabric is hand-wash only.
  2. Another red wine stain removal tip that works is to use club soda. This option is a great choice when dining out since you can find it in just about any restaurant. Simply moisten a clean cloth with the club soda and blot. Milk also works well for stains received at home or dining out. With the same method, blot the stain with a cloth moistened with milk. This works about 99% of the time, making a great red wine stain removal method.
  3. If you have just spilled red wine, and you have white wine handy, pour the white wine on top of it. The white wine will dilute the red pigmentation and will make it easier to remove. You can also pour salt onto the stained area, wait a few minutes and rinse it out with running water. If you have an old stain, soak the stain with either lemon or vinegar and water solution (50/50), then wash it as usual.

For Carpets and Tablecloths:

  1. For carpeting of light beige or white, start by blotting the wine stain with a clean cloth or paper towel first to absorb as much liquid as possible. Then try diluting one tablespoon of ammonia in one cup of warm water. Get the stain wet with the ammonia and water solution, allowing it to sit for about five to ten minutes. Now, use a clean cloth to again blot the stain. With this, the red wine should be gone.
  2. Another home remedy is good, old-fashioned table salt. For this, sprinkle the salt onto the stain while the stain is still wet. As the liquid is absorbed, the crystals will begin to turn red or pink in color. Leave the salt on overnight or a minimum of six hours and then vacuum. In most cases, this red wine stain removal technique will work very well. Finally, moisten the wine stain liberally with club soda, blot, and then sprinkle with salt. When dry, vacuum.

As mentioned, there are also a number of commercial products that can get red wine stains out of carpeting and clothing, regardless of color.

(References:eHow.com and Mrs Clean USA.com)

 

How You Can Get Your Hands on Sensational Seasonal Wines!

Jul 13, 2010

 

 

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 August 3, 2010 (no deposit required).

 

There are several easy ways to get your name on the pre-order list(s) before August 3rd:

 

  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 as well as an unbeatable offer for specialty bottles:

  • French Gamay Nouveau yields 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and is priced at $175 (on-premise).
  • 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).
  • We are also offering a spectacular deal on 500ml Specialty Bottles with every purchase of a Seasonal Spéciale Release (on-premise only). For an additional $15 dollars, you will receive twenty-three 500ml Specialty Bottles - a savings of almost  50%!!!!! The bottles are also available through pre-order only.

 

Make Something Speciale

Jul 1, 2010

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to announce that 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!

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to announce that 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!

Chocolate Raspberry Port

Multiple Gold medal winner at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 WineMaker Amateur Wine Competition. Hugely popular for three years in a row, many were left wanting more while others just plain missed out.

Okanagan Peach Icewine Style

This specialty wine was first introduced two years ago and many were disappointed when it didn't return last year. So by popular demand, Okanagan Peach Ice Wine has been brought back this year. This wine has won Gold at the past two WineMaker Magazine Amateur wine competition.

Blackberry Port

Folowing the huge success of Chocolate Raspberry Port, Winexpert has added a wonderful new flavoured Port to this years Spéciale seasonal offering. While Blackberry Port is bursting with the intense fruit flavours found in Port, the bright berry notes lift up this wine, making it a superb foil for intense cheeses, roasted nuts and especially chocolate desserts.

 

Speciale Seasonal Releases

5 Fun & Simple Ways to Enjoy Your Twisted Mist!

Jun 25, 2010

 

 

So now that the 4 weeks is up and you have your Twisted Mist at home, what should you do with it? Drink it of course! Here are 5 Fun and simple ways for you to enjoy your Twisted Mist Mojito and Twisted Mist Strawberry Margarita:

 

5 Fun and Simple Ways to Enjoy Your Twisted Mist Mojito

5 Fun and Simple Ways to Enjoy Your Twisted Mist Strawberry Margarita 

The great news is we still have some Twisted Mist available. Ready in just four weeks, you could start some today and still have plenty of Summer left in which to enjoy it!

READ MORE about Twisted Mist.

 

Top Ten Most Expensive Wines in the World

Jun 7, 2010

Fantasizing about luxury and a never ending budget is always a fun way to pass the time. For the jewellery collector it might be the finest from Cartier or Tiffany, a car fan likely has their sights set on a Ferrari Enzo or Bugatti Veyron but the ideal dream for a wine lover is no doubt delving into the wonderful life of the "World's Most Expensive Wines".

Fantasizing about luxury and a never ending budget is always a fun way to pass the time. For the jewellery collector it might be the finest from Cartier or Tiffany, a car fan likely has their sights set on a Ferrari Enzo or Bugatti Veyron but the ideal dream for a wine lover is no doubt delving into the wonderful life of the "World's Most Expensive Wines".

By no means does price dictate the quality of wine. There are plenty of fabulous inexpensive wines just as there are many less appealing expensive wines but in the spirit of an enchanting notion, let's take a look at the top ten most expensive wines in the world:

 

1. Chateau Lafite 1787 : $160,000

The bottle of wine that fetched the highest ever price was Chateau Lafite, 1787. It fetched a price of $160,000 at Christie’s London in 1985. The wine was bought for Forbes collection. The specialty of the bottle is that it bears Thomas Jefferson’s initials etched on the glass.

2. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945 : $ 114,614

Jeroboam Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945 fetched the second highest price ever. The wine was considered to be one among the highly admired vintages of the 20th century. It was sold for a whopping $114,614 at Christie’s London in 1997.

3. Chateau d Yquem 1784 : $56,588

The wine bottle of 1784 Chateau d’Yquem stands third. It was sold at Christie’s London in 1986 for an amazing sum of $56,588. This bottle also bears the initials of Thomas Jefferson.

4. Massandra Sherry : $43,500

Now comes the turn of the 1775 Sherry from the Massandra Collection, sold at Sotheby’s London in 2001. It fetched a price of $43,500. Massandra winery was highly admired in the Czarist Russia. Massandra’s cellar contains umpteen bottles (close to a million) of both Russian and Western European wines. This Sherry was the oldest among the Western European variety.

5. Romanee Conti, DRC 1990 : $28,112

At the fifth place stands set of eight bottles of Romanée-Conti, DRC 1990. The set was sold for $224,900 (or $28,112 per bottle) at Sotheby’s London in 1996.

6. Le Montrachet, DRC 1978 : $23,929

Sixth in line is Le Montrachet, DRC 1978. Seven bottles of it were sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2001 at $23,929 per bottle.

7. Romanée-Conti DRC 1990 : $5,800

Romanée-Conti, DRC 1990 is in the seventh place. 6 magnums of the wine were sold at Zachy’s New York at $5,800 each.

8. Screaming Eagle 1994 : $3,833

At the eighth spot stands three bottles of Screaming Eagle 1994, sold at Christie’s Los Angeles in 2000. The price fetched was $3,833 per bottle.

9. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982: $700

Ninth in line is fifty cases (six hundred bottles) of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1982. The sale was made at Christie’s/Zachy’s New York in 1997 for an astonishing price of $420,000 ($700 per bottle).

10. Screaming Eagle Cab 1992: $300

This wine is usually sold for $300 but this wine should have ranked first in terms of price, its value was somehow overshadowed as it was auctioned for charity. Imperial of Screaming Eagle Cab 1992 was sold at the Napa Valley wine auction in 2000 for an astronomical sum of $500,000. The wine as purchased by Cisco Systems executive Chase Bailey. Though technically it had fetched the highest ever price, but much of its price has to be discounted as it was meant for charitable purposes.

(Partial article and photo credit from World Interesting Facts.com)

 

Cool Wines for Summertime

Jun 7, 2010

With Summer officially in full swing it's time to lighten up a little. There are few things greater than enjoying a  glass of wine surrounded by beautiful sunshine. Summer is the highest grossing time for wine sales and as such, most people are looking for good value and younger, lighter wines.

With Summer officially in full swing it's time to lighten up a little. There are few things greater than enjoying a  glass of wine surrounded by beautiful sunshine. Summer is the highest grossing time for wine sales and as such, most people are looking for good value and younger, lighter wines.

 

It's likely no surprise that whites are favoured during the Summer months but did you know that rosés are one of the best sellers as well? Rosés are fantastically refreshing on a hot day. In the white category some popular choices are Australian or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and South African Chenin Blanc.

 

But that doesn't mean you have to forgo a fantastic red. There are plenty of fabulous reds to enjoy during the hot times. You'll want to look for light to medium, young vibrant reds with good acidity such as a California Pinot Noir or a Chilean Merlot. True to form with their reputation for being versatile, both of these pair very well with a wide range of foods.

 

Finally, It could be said that sparkling wine is an essential for every season. It's an obvious requirement in the Winter for the holiday season and of course for New Years Eve. Spring welcomes it for Easter and Mother's Day celebrations and then there are the summertime festivities. Sparkling wines are so pleasantly thirst-quenching on a hot Summer night. It could be said that sparkling wine is an all season winner and a particularly hot seller during the Summer season. 

 

While there are never any rules where your own personal preferences are concerned with wine, from day to day, month to month and season to season, the one thing that is certain is that there is always a special wine to get you through.

 

(Photo Credit: Kobrand Wine and Spirits.com)

 

FIFA's World Cup Draws Attention to the Beauty of South African Wines

Jun 7, 2010

The World is abuzz with Soccer's World Cup fever and South Africa's Wine industry is benefiting from the heat too. South Africa's wine regions are blessed with great soil, a hot Mediterranean climate with cool breezes from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The most popular grapes grown in South Africa are the Cinsault which produces a fabulous Pinotage, the leading red in South Africa, and the Chenin Blanc, a late ripening grape producing a dry, crisp, tropical fruity white.

The World is abuzz with Soccer's World Cup fever and South Africa's Wine industry is benefiting from the heat too. South Africa's wine regions are blessed with great soil, a hot Mediterranean climate with cool breezes from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The most popular grapes grown in South Africa are the Cinsault which produces a fabulous Pinotage, the leading red in South Africa, and the Chenin Blanc, a late ripening grape producing a dry, crisp, tropical fruity white.

 

There are more than a dozen wine regions in South Africa with the three major regions being:

Constantia, a small historic region outside of Cape Town where South Africa's first vineyards were planted. This region is popular for its excellent Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscat.  

Paarl is another important region northeast of Cape Town that produces a more diverse range of wines such as dessert wines as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Chenin Blanc and Shiraz.

Stellenbosch, just north of Cape Town, is the largest wine region housing more than 80 wineries well known for producing fantastic Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot.

Other noteworthy regions, albeit smaller in rank than Constantia, Paarl and Stellenbosch but still key producers include Worcester, Klein Karoo, Franschhoek Valley, Mossel Bay, Walker Bay and Elgin.

 

 Overall, South Africa's wine lands are considered some of the most beautiful on earth and with the attention from the World Cup, tourists can relish in its beauty and take in a game all while tasting some of the finest wines on the planet.

 

(Photo Credit: South African Wine.co.za)

 

This Summer Support the Best of France, Italy & Australia

Jun 7, 2010

All Summer long, Just Fine Wine is celebrating the world's largest sporting event by offering up BIG savings on select premium international wines. Receive $15 off all on-premise Selection International wine kits for the month's featured country. Show your support and enjoy the best of these nations, at the best of prices:

All Summer long, Just Fine Wine is celebrating the world's largest sporting event by offering up BIG savings on select premium international wines. Receive $15 off all on-premise Selection International wine kits for the month's featured country. Show your support and enjoy the best of these nations, at the best of prices:

France - June

Italy - July

Australia - August