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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

 

California Wine Festival

Jun 6, 2010

The California Wine Festival is one of the States largest outdoor wine festivals. If you happen to find yourself in Santa Barbara from July 15th-17th, this event is definitely a must go-to. The beachfront festival includes 350 wines from over 100 of California’s best wineries and also features silent auctions and live music. A perfect event to enjoy the sun, sand and of course wine.

The California Wine Festival is one of the States largest outdoor wine festivals. If you happen to find yourself in Santa Barbara from July 15th-17th, this event is definitely a must go-to. The beachfront festival includes 350 wines from over 100 of California’s best wineries and also features silent auctions and live music. A perfect event to enjoy the sun, sand and of course wine.

For more information on The California Wine Festival and to purchase tickets, visit their official website: California Wine Festival.com

(Photo credit: California Wine Festival)

 

Award-Winning Winemakers Choose Winexpert Brands

May 30, 2010

 

 

At the 2010 WineMaker International Amateur competition, held April 16-18, wines made with Winexpert brands were awarded a total of 244 medals.

Each year, winemakers throughout North America put their trust in Winexpert and enter wines made with our products, and each year those wines consistently receive amazing results in this competition across all of Winexpert brands: Limited Edition, Estate, International, Original, World Vineyard, Vintners Reserve, Spéciale and Island Mist. This is a testament to their winemaking ability and also to the award-winning quality that Winexpert wine kits produce.

 

The highlights:

  • A Winexpert Selection International Australian Shiraz took home this year’s Best of Show Red.
  • Every Winexpert brand this year had more varieties win an award. In fact 97 different Winexpert products won an award this year, that’s 13 more than last year’s record of 84!
  • Wines made with Selection Spéciale won an incredible 45 medals.  Our Port, Cab Franc Icewine style, and Riesling Icewine style were once again gold medal winners for the third year in a row, as well both of the past Seasonal Release varieties, Chocolate Raspberry Port and Okanagan Peach Icewine were once again gold medal winners. 

The results above reflect that of just one competition.  Each year, wines made with Winexpert products win hundreds of medals at major amateur winemaking competitions held throughout North America.  But it’s not the medals that we’re proud of. What we value most is that you, our customer, trust that you will produce a wine of award-winning quality when you choose Winexpert brands.

Taste the success! And let Just Fine Wine help you choose your next award-winning wine kit.

 

Below is a listing of all the wines that won awards at the 2010 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition:

Winemaker Magazine Award Winners

 

2010

Award

Ultra-Premium

 

Estate - Crushendo

 

Castellina Supertuscan di Siena

Gold

Montagnac Syrah/Mourvedre

Bronze

Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold

South Australian Single Vineyard Shiraz

Silver

 

 

Estate - Red

 

Oregon Yamhill Pinot Noir

Gold

Lodi Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold

Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot

Silver

Wash Columbia Valley Cab Franc Merlot

Gold

Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

Bronze

Italian Barolo

Bronze

 

 

Estate - White

 

OK Pinot Blanc - Small Lots

Bronze

German Mosel Valley Gewurztraminer

Bronze

New Zealand Marl. Sauvignon Blanc

Gold

Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay

Silver

Washington Columbia Valley Riesling

Silver

Washington Yakima Valley Pinot Gris

Bronze

 

 

Premium

 

International - Red

 

Spanish Rose - Seasonal Release

Bronze

Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver

Australian Cabernet Shiraz

Bronze

Australian Shiraz

Best of Show Red

Chilean Carmenere

Silver

Chilean Pinot Noir

Bronze

French Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold

Italian Amarone

Gold

Italian Montepulciano

Bronze

Italian Sangiovese

Silver

South African Pinotage

Silver

Spanish Rioja

Silver

Australian Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre

Silver

 

 

International - White

 

Australian Chardonnay

Silver

Australian Traminer-Riesling

Gold

Italian Pinot Grigio

Silver

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc

Silver

 

 

Original - Red

 

Cabernet Franc

Silver

Cabernet Sauvignon

Bronze

Chianti Style

Bronze

Luna Rossa

Silver

Pinot Noir

Bronze

Vieux Chateau du Roi

Gold

White Merlot

Silver

White Zinfandel

Gold

 

 

Original - White

 

Chardonnay/Semillon

Bronze

Gewurztraminer

Silver

Johannisberg Dry Riesling

Gold

Luna Bianca

Silver

Piesporter Style

Gold

Sauvignon Blanc

Bronze

Symphony

Bronze

Viognier

Gold

 

 

Value

 

World Vineyard - Red

 

Italian Sangiovese

Bronze

Spanish Tempranillo

Silver

 

 

World Vineyard - White

 

German Muller-Thurgau

Silver

Italian Pinot Grigio

Silver

Washington Riesling

Gold

South African Chenin Blanc

Bronze

 

 

Vintners Reserve - Red

 

Barolo

Bronze

Blush

Bronze

Cabernet Sauvignon

Bronze

Merlot

Bronze

Mezza Luna Red

Silver

Valpolicella Style

Bronze

 

 

Vintners Reserve - White

 

Chardonnay

Bronze

Mezza Luna White

Gold

Piesporter Style

Bronze

Riesling

Gold

Sauvignon Blanc

Silver

 

 

Specialty

 

Spéciale

 

Chocolate Raspberry Port -  Seasonal

Gold

Ok Peach Icewine Style -  Seasonal

Gold

Sherry

Bronze

Port

Gold

Riesling Icewine Style

Gold

Cabernet Franc Icewine Style

Gold

 

 

Island Mist

 

Black Raspberry Merlot

Silver

Blueberry Pinot Noir

Bronze

Exotic Fruits White Zinfandel

Gold

Green Apple Riesling

Gold

Kiwi-Pear Sauvignon Blanc

Gold

Mango Citrus

Silver

Peach Apricot Chardonnay

Gold

Strawberry White Merlot

Gold

Wildberry Shiraz

Gold

Pomegranate Zinfandel

Gold

 

 

Limited Edition

 

2008

 

New Zealand Gewurztraminer

Silver

South African Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold

Alsation Riesling

Silver

Italian Dolcetto

Bronze

 

 

2007

 

Australian Riesling

Silver

Chilean Carm/Cab

Gold

Sicilian Nero d'Avola Shiraz

Gold

Pacific Quartet

Gold

Italian Brunello

Gold

 

 

2006

 

South African Shiraz

Bronze

German Gewurztraminer

Gold

Spanish Tempranillo/Cabernet

Bronze

 

 

2005

 

Lake County Trio Blanca

Bronze

Sicilian Grillo

Bronze

Nebbiolo d'Alba

Bronze

 

*For more information on the 2010 Winemaker International Amateur Wine Competition, please visit www.winemakermag.com.

 

Winery Tours

May 29, 2010

Winery tours can be a terrific experience for any wine lover interested in informing themselves more so in the behind the scenes heart of it all. Winery tours are a great way to witness the stages of the art of winemaking from the very beginning and Summer is the perfect time to take up a winery tour. After all, these tours are educational, fun and a fantastic way to spend a sunny day surrounded by all of the phases that bring us the beauty of wine.

Winery tours can be a terrific experience for any wine lover interested in informing themselves more so in the behind the scenes heart of it all. Winery tours are a great way to witness the stages of the art of winemaking from the very beginning and Summer is the perfect time to take up a winery tour. After all, these tours are educational, fun and a fantastic way to spend a sunny day surrounded by all of the phases that bring us the beauty of wine.

 

Winery tours generally consist of guided tours from an expert from the winery examining the vineyard and giving a history of the winery. Your guide will explain what happens in every stage of the winemaking process at their winery and explain the region in which you are exploring. Then there is the tasting room where a number of the wines produced by the winery can be sampled. Many wineries also cater to dining by providing an on site restaurant, making it an excellent way to enjoy various food and wine pairings as well.

 

There are various tour packages available so a winery tour is something that should be planned ahead and the internet is a great resource to do your research. For example, from private to group tours, some wineries offer a quick tour that can last about 30 minutes but there are much more intensive tours including half day tours, full day and even overnight stays that take you to several local wineries providing a very in-depth feel about the regions you are enjoying. While you may witness a similar practice of the winemaking process at each winery, every winery has its own complexities therefore you will gain valuable insight at every different tour in every different region.

 

Winery tours have so many options to choose from offering an elaborate adventure or a relaxing affair. They are certainly a must-do for anyone with a passion for wine.

 

(Photo Credit: Grand Pacific Tours.com)