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Jan 31, 2017

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert  are happy to announce a brand new addition to the Island Mist series: Apple Berry Syrah.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert  are happy to announce a brand new addition to the Island Mist series: Apple Berry Syrah.

Aromatic and fresh, Island Mist Apple Berry Syrah's mouthwatering flavours of juicy apples, succulent strawberries, plump blueberries, and ripe raspberries will give you that fresh-from-the-fruit-stand feeling all year long. Sip slightly chilled or enjoy over ice topped with sparkling water for a refreshing Summer spritzer that's always in season.

NEW! Island Mist Apple Berry Syrah is a 4 week kit that produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished wine and is priced at $125 On-Premise or $70 Kit-Only. Available February 22, 2017.

NEW! Island Mist Apple Berry Syrah

 

Impressive Pairings: Lamb Sliders

Dec 1, 2016

This month's recipe and pairing features Lamb Sliders partnered with smooth, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.

This month's recipe and pairing features Lamb Sliders partnered with smooth, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.

Impressive Pairings: Lamb Sliders with Lodi Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Give The Gift of Winemaking...

Nov 16, 2016

There always seems to be at least one of them on your list. That person who has everything, needs nothing or is just plain impossible to find the right gift for. This year you can save yourself the trouble and still show that you care - give them the gift of winemaking at Just Fine Wine.

There always seems to be at least one of them on your list. That person who has everything, needs nothing or is just plain impossible to find the right gift for. This year you can save yourself the trouble and still show that you care - give them the gift of winemaking at Just Fine Wine.

Just Fine Wine offers gift certificates for any denomination (or for single and multiple batches of wine) that are presented to you on a personalized festive holiday wine bottle. What does that mean exactly? We can customize your Christmas message on a holiday themed label and place it on a bottle complete with a matching shrink cap topped off with a festive bow, bell, or ornament. Now you have something special to wrap and put under the tree or in a stocking. It's an extra touch that makes an ordinary gift certificate personal and fun! As mentioned, you have the option to purchase a specified monetary amount (of any denomination) or to start a batch of wine on-premise. Just drop by the shop and we'll get you started!

 Christmas Bottle Gift Certificates

Impressive Pairings: Orange Date Squares with Sp├ęciale Red Velvet Port

Nov 1, 2016

This month's recipe and pairing features Orange Date Squares partnered with Spéciale Red Velvet Port.

This month's recipe and pairing features Orange Date Squares partnered with Spéciale Red Velvet Port.

Impressive Pairings: Orange Date Squares with Red Velvet Port

 

Introducing LE16

Oct 1, 2016

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert aim to raise the bar each year with the LE program and LE16 is no different. Together, we are extremely excited to present to you the LE16 Collection: a showcase of five outstanding wines from some of the world's most renowned regions. 

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert aim to raise the bar each year with the LE program and LE16 is no different. Together, we are extremely excited to present to you the LE16 Collection: a showcase of five outstanding wines from some of the world's most renowned regions. 

Winexpert has sourced superior quality juice from Washington State, Italy, Spain, California, and Australia to bring you five impressive wines that will be a welcome addition to your cellar. The LE16 collection offers something for every palate (scroll down for complete wine by wine descriptions). This year, in addition to sought-after varietals and unique blends, we are thrilled to offer a very distinctive wine - Blanc de Noir - an elusive white wine that is made from red grapes! Done in an off-dry style, this is the must-have wine of the year and is sure to be a hit with those lovers of Pacific Quartet.

LE16 vintages are available by pre-order only for a limited time and will be released on a month to month basis from January through April 2017.  No deposit is required; however, to be able to continue this we ask that you honour your entire pre-order commitment. Pre-order deadline is December 3, 2016. All LE16 wine kits produce approximately 23L (roughly thirty 750ml bottles) of finished product and are priced at $185.00 On-Premise* and $125.00 Kit -Only* (Grape Skin Kit is $195.00 On-Premise and $135.00 Kit-Only). R.S.V.P. with your order today to avoid missing out on these fantastic wines!

Reserve Your LE16 Vintages Today. Deadline December 3, 2016.

There are three ways to reserve your LE16 wine kits:

  1. Email: info@justfinewine.ca
  2. Call: 604.944.7818
  3. In Person: Join us at our LE16 Wine Tasting, taking place Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Port Coquitlam's Wilson Centre. CLICK HERE for full event details. If you are unable to attend, you can also fill out your DOWNLOADABLE ORDER FORM and bring it to Just Fine Wine.

 

The LE16 Collection: 

January: Cabernet Franc - Yakima Valley, Washington

January - Washington Cabernet Franc

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REGION: YAKIMA VALLEY, WASHINGTON - Cabernet Franc is a grape with so much to offer, yet most of the winemaking world blends it with other varieties to make a ‘Bordeaux’ style blend.   It’s home, the Loire Valley in France, is one place that hails Cabernet Franc for the beauty that it is and makes brilliant single varietal versions of it.  The Yakima Valley in Washington state ironically sits at the same latitude as the Loire Valley.  These cooler climate wine regions have just what Cabernet Franc is looking for.   At 46 degrees latitude north, grapes ripen in summer sunshine that lasts for about 17 hours a day (more than in California) and Yakima specifically is known to have 300 cloudless days per year.

WINE: There’s good reason to celebrate this grape on its own. It can tread the line between fruit and spice notes magnificently with ripe raspberry and red currant dancing around with black pepper and fresh mint leaf. There is a solid backbone of tannin to provide mouth-feel and structure, and it can pair with a range of foods due to its medium-full body status. Play up the herbaceous elements and enjoy it with rosemary-crusted lamb or cozy up in the winter with a paprika-rich bowl of Goulash stew.

LE16 PAIRING: Steakhouse Panzanella Salad. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium        OAK: Medium        ALCOHOL: 13%*

PRICE: $185.00 On-Premise | $125.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

January: Vermentino - Tuscany, Italy

January - Italian Vermentino

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REGION: TUSCANY, ITALY - In Tuscany, the grape gets a chance to soak in the warm amber hues of the Tuscan sun. This ripens it to a degree that lends to even more aromatic expression on both the nose and palate. Tuscany, arguably one of the finest wine regions in the world, certainly has a definitive collection of red grapes already. However Vermentino is one of the few whites grown in this haven of viticulture and we’re grateful for it.

WINE: Although rare in North America, in Italy the Vermentino grape is a white star. Grown from the north to south of the country, it ferments into a wine that is expressively refreshing. Think of flavours like white peach, green apple, fresh lime and even a bit of dried tarragon on the finish. On the palate, it has a quenching acidity that makes your mouth water with delight and a delicate weight that allows this wine to be sip-worthy on its own. Although perfect on its own on a warm summer day, this wine also pairs beautifully with regional Italian cuisine like pasta tossed in olive oil with fresh shellfish or simply with grilled Mediterranean vegetables.

LE16 PAIRING: Turkey Picatta. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Light-Medium        OAK: None        ALCOHOL: 12.5%*

PRICE: $185.00 On-Premise | $125.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

February: Milagro - Valencia, Spain

February - Spanish Milagro

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REGION: VALENCIA, SPAIN - Most of the vineyards in Valencia are located inland where there is more mountainous topography. This allows the grapes a much-needed cool down in the evening from the warm heat that surrounds them during the day. This particular area of the country has a long history of making wine, dating as far back as the Neolithic period which certainly gives them an anchor in expertise and tradition.

WINE: Blending grapes together is an art, with of course a bit of science, and the grapes here are perfectly suited. Three of Spain’s great red varieties, Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal bring their lush and hedonistic qualities to pair the full-bodied and well-structured friends Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Together, you have a wine with a range of black and red fruit characteristics, cherry cola, anise and white pepper and a powerful yet supple mouth-feel. Pair this with braised beef, a big wedge of Manchego cheese, or the region’s famous specialty, Paella. Put your feet up, close your eyes and escape to Spain.

LE16 PAIRING: Chicken & Chorizo Paella. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium-Full        OAK: Medium-Heavy        ALCOHOL: 14%*

PRICE: $185.00 On-Premise | $125.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

March: Blanc de Noir -San Joaquin Valley, California

March - California Blanc de Noir

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REGION: SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIFORNIA - The San Joaquin Valley is California’s largest wine region, and for a good reason.  This area is an agricultural haven and is known as the “food basket of the world”.  Grapes just thrive here and are so content to grow that you can taste their utter bliss in the juice.  With over 100 years of winemaking history, producers have been pushing the quality boundaries and the region is now being known for its varietal focus.   

WINE: Blanc de Noir is a French term that translates to a white wine made from dark grapes.  Pinot Noir, which many wine experts argue is the greatest red wine grape in the world, is used for this particular wine.  Normally quite a fussy character, Pinot Noir is notably difficult to grow. However, with those deep fertile soils of the San Joaquin Valley and the cool Delta breeze that flows through the vineyards, Pinot Noir is quite content here.  By quickly removing the skins from the juice after the grapes have been pressed, the pigment from the skins is not transferred to the juice and you have all the beautiful complexities of Pinot Noir while keeping the colour light and the tannins at bay.  This wine, with its crab apple and strawberry driven nose and white peach and grapefruit palate pairs well with delicate dishes.  Splurge on poached lobster or enjoy with eggs benedict for your next Sunday brunch.

LE16 PAIRING: Honey-Soy Glazed Lobster Tails. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Off-Dry        BODY: Light-Medium        OAK: None        ALCOHOL: 13%*

PRICE: $185.00 On-Premise | $125.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

April: Grenache Cabernet with Grape Skins - Riverland, Australia

April - Australian Grenache Cabernet

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REGION: RIVERLAND, AUSTRALIA - Woven around the Murray River, the Riverland is a beautiful region of South Australia, located about 2½ hours north east of Adelaide. Blessed with vast open spaces, the region enjoys a consistent sunny and warm Mediterranean-like climate with long days of sunshine. The result of this agricultural haven is sun-kissed, vibrantly ripened grapes making this an area of the world where big reds can develop to their full potential. 

WINE: Cabernet Sauvignon, the undisputed “king” of grapes, is a big, bold character that has strong tannins in his youth, yet unwinds himself with age to a smooth, velvety texture that is worth waiting for.  Flavours like black currant (cassis) jam, cigar box and black olive will arise and marry well with his counterpart Grenache. Grenache is the yin to Cabernet Sauvignon’s yang.  It’s both soft and jammy to balance out the powerful structure of Cabernet, yet rich and spicy enough to stand up to him.  Flavours like red licorice, black cherry and raspberry combine with warm vanilla and spice that rounds out the blend perfectly. Enjoy this wine with bold protein-rich dishes like grilled steak on the barbecue or wild mushroom risotto if meat is not on the menu.  Even without a meal, have a few big slices of aged cheddar to compliment the flavour and tannin of this age-worthy red.

LE16 PAIRING: Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom-Barley Risotto. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Full        OAK: Heavy        ALCOHOL: 14.5%*

PRICE: $195.00 On-Premise | $135.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.


 Don't Miss Out. Reserve Your LE16 by Pre-Ordering Today:

 

Email: info@justfinewine.ca

Call: 604.944.7818

In Person: Join us at our LE16 Wine Tasting, taking place Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Port Coquitlam's Wilson Centre. CLICK HERE for full event details. If you are unable to attend, you can also fill out your DOWNLOADABLE ORDER FORM and bring it to Just Fine Wine.

LE16 Pre-order deadline is Saturday, December 3, 2016.


So how do you know what the LE varietals will taste like if you have to order before the kits are even made? Take advantage of an opportunity to sample 'commercial equivalents' of the LE16 wines in advance of the pre-order deadline at Just Fine Wine's LE16 Wine Tasting taking place October 16, 2016. Join us for an enjoyable afternoon filled with fun, food, and of course, wine! This casual and entertaining event also features the incomparable Tim Ellison - come find out for yourself why attendees have demanded him back for a fifth straight year!

LE16 Wine Tasting October 16, 2016


What is LE?

Each year Winexpert produces a limited quantity of five fabulous and unique varieties from around the world that are released monthly from January through April. LE wines vary year to year and can be one or a combination of the following: unique blends, hot industry trends, highly sought after regions and vineyards; and scarce or hard to obtain grapes/juice. One thing remains from one year to the next, LE collections always produce wine of superior quality. 

LE vintages are available only during the month of their release. They are limited in supply and are so immensely popular that they can be acquired by pre-order only.The LE program has built a reputation of delivering exceptional, award-winning wines year after year after year. This speaks to the high quality wines that these very special wine kits produce and that’s why LE continues to be the biggest most successful limited release brand. In the 2016 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition* all five LE14 wines were awarded medals; a testament to the superior quality of our LE program. We’re confident LE16 will continue the award-winning tradition; will you be one of the award-winning winemakers? Just ask Just Fine Wine for more information.

Reserve Your LE16 Vintages Today!

DOWNLOADABLE ORDER FORM

 

Impressive Pairings: Southwestern Pumpkin Hummus

Sep 30, 2016

 This month's recipe and pairing features Southwestern Pumpkin Hummus partnered with off-dry Riesling.

 This month's recipe and pairing features Southwestern Pumpkin Hummus partnered with off-dry Riesling.

Impressive Pairings: Southwestern Pumpkin Hummus

 

Impressive Pairings: Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Sep 30, 2016

This month's recipe and pairing features Grilled Tandoori Chicken partnered with off-dry Gewürztraminer.

This month's recipe and pairing features Grilled Tandoori Chicken partnered with off-dry Gewürztraminer.

Impressive Pairings: Grilled Tandoori Chicken

High Five! LE16 Wine Tasting

Aug 16, 2016

Every year, Winexpert produces a limited number of exclusive 8-week wine kits. Released on a monthly basis beginning in January, there are three reds and two whites to choose from and the varietals change from year to year.  Beyond limited availability, there are a number of other factors that make these wines so exceptional: they can range from unique blends to hot industry trends to rare, hard to obtain and sought after varietals and regions. The main thing to note is that these spectacular wines are produced in limited quantity and are available by pre-order only. 

What is LE16?

Every year, Winexpert produces a limited number of exclusive 8-week wine kits. Released on a monthly basis beginning in January, there are three reds and two whites to choose from and the varietals change from year to year.  Beyond limited availability, there are a number of other factors that make these wines so exceptional: they can range from unique blends to hot industry trends to rare, hard to obtain and sought after varietals and regions. The main thing to note is that these spectacular wines are produced in limited quantity and are available by pre-order only. 

What is Just Fine Wine's LE16 Wine Tasting?

A challenge with LE wines is that they have to be ordered before they are produced - so how are we to know what the wines will taste like? You can find out for yourself at Just Fine Wine's LE16 Wine Tasting, taking place 3pm to 5pm on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the Wilson Centre in Port Coquitlam. Using 'commercial equivalents' (wines purchased from a licensed BCLDB retailer), you can get an exclusive sneak preview of the LE16's months before they hit the shelves. Commercial equivalents for the event are carefully selected to to give you a strong overall impression of what your Winexpert LE16's will taste like, in advance of their production. Past attendees will know that as good as some of this commercial wine is, ours is always better!

LE16 Wine Tasting with Tim Ellison. Tickets Available Now!

Just Fine Wine's LE16 Wine Tasting is an entertaining afternoon spent in the company of fellow wine enthusiasts. It's casual, comfortable, enjoyable, and most certainly not "hoity toity".  In addition to enjoying tasty wines, you also get to do sample professionally prepared food pairings that are tailored specifically for each of the LE16 wines.  You can experience firsthand how great wines can be taken to an even higher level when complimented with just the right food pairing.

Who is Tim Ellison?

Finally, let's not forget about an entertaining and informative expert on wine & food to moderate the afternoon. Just Fine Wine has been holding it's annual Limited Edition Wine Tasting for many years but for the last four years we have had consistent, overwhelmingly positive feedback to our moderator and constant demand for his return. Who are we to object? For the fifth year running, we are extremely excited to announce that the incomparable Tim Ellison will once again be at the helm, hosting the afternoon. Tim is Canada’s only Certified Chef de Cuisine and Sommelier that also holds the prestigious WSET Diploma of Wine & spirits. Most importantly, he’s hugely entertaining and makes learning about wine an extremely enjoyable experience!

LE16 Wine Tasting October 16. Get Your Tickets Now.

Enjoy good food, great wine, and excellent company in a fun and casual atmosphere. It's a great afternoon you'll want to be a part of.

Tickets are $15 and available now at Just Fine Wine

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Impressive Pairings: Potato, Mushroom & Leek Pizza

Aug 15, 2016

This month's recipe and pairing features Potato, Mushroom & Leek Pizza partnered with limited release ECLIPSE Bravado.

This month's recipe and pairing features Potato, Mushroom & Leek Pizza partnered with limited release ECLIPSE Bravado.

Impressive Pairings: Potato, Mushroom & Leek Pizza

Fall Into Flavour

Aug 15, 2016

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert invite you to fall into flavour this season with two delicious limited release wines from Island Mist. This year's Island Mist Fall Limited Releases include Cranapple Pinot Grigio and Spiced Merlot. Refreshing and tasty for either the end of Summer sipping, through the cooling Fall months, or for Winter nights around the fire place. Bottles of these wines also make for unique gifts for the special people in your life as well as being ideal for sharing along with great company during the Holidays.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert invite you to fall into flavour this season with two delicious limited release wines from Island Mist. This year's Island Mist Fall Limited Releases include Cranapple Pinot Grigio and Spiced Merlot. Refreshing and tasty for either the end of Summer sipping, through the cooling Fall months, or for Winter nights around the fire place. Bottles of these wines also make for unique gifts for the special people in your life as well as being ideal for sharing along with great company during the Holidays.

 

SPICED MERLOT

CRANAPPLE PINOT GRIGIO

Spiced Merlot

Merlot with aromas of spiced orange and brown sugar and notes of cinnamon and ginger for a lingering finish with a kick.

Alcohol: 6% Sweetness: 5

Cranapple Pinot Grigio

Crisp Pinot Grigio with notes of fresh orchard green apple, festive white cranberries and a round finish.    

Alcohol: 6% Sweetness: 5

 

Island Mist Spiced Merlot and Cranapple Pinot Grigio are "short run" offerings available in limited quantities only. Available now at Just Fine Wine, these Island Mists will be ready for bottling and completely drinkable in just 4 short weeks. The wine kits produce 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished product and are economically priced at only $125 On-Premise and $70 Kit-Only. Start your batch(es) today by contacting Just Fine Wine to reserve yours.