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LE15 Gewurztraminer Verdelho Muscat Now In-Store

Mar 10, 2016

March is here and we are extremely excited that LE15 Gewurztraminer Verdelho Muscat has arrived all the way from the Murray Darling Region of Australia. Those who attended the LE15 Wine Tasting will remember this one as "the breakfast wine" and it's sure to prove a big hit with lovers of Pacific Quartet, as it's an easy drinking, medium bodied white blend. Notes of pear, grapefruit and lime with an off-dry finish.

March is here and we are extremely excited that LE15 Gewurztraminer Verdelho Muscat has arrived all the way from the Murray Darling Region of Australia. Those who attended the LE15 Wine Tasting will remember this one as "the breakfast wine" and it's sure to prove a big hit with lovers of Pacific Quartet, as it's an easy drinking, medium bodied white blend. Notes of pear, grapefruit and lime with an off-dry finish.

For those of you who placed a pre-order for this tantalizing white blend, please drop by the store to get yours under way (or to pick up your kit if you are a home winemaker). A mere eight weeks later and you'll be enjoying this surefire winner! 

For anyone who missed the pre-order deadline or for those who are interested in topping up their orders, we have a small quantity of extra kits available. But act now, these extras get snapped up very quickly - especially once people have tried their first batch! Don't miss out - contact us right away if you are interested.

 

March: Gewürztraminer Verdelho Muscat - Murray Darling, Australia

March - Australian Gewürztraminer Verdelho Muscat

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REGION: MURRAY DARLING, AUSTRALIA - The Murray Darling is a vast region that sees the meeting of Australia’s two rivers, The Murray and The Darling near the city of Mildura. One of the most significant grape growing regions in Australia, the Murray Darling is over 350 kilometres (220 miles) wide and produces about 20% of Australia’s crush. The combination of heat, irrigation and fertile soil produces grapes which create soft, generously flavoured wines.

WINE: The trio of grapes that make up this wine are as distinctive as the blend itself. The wonderfully floral Gewürztraminer headlines as Verdelho’s tropical fruit characteristics play off of Muscat’s infamous grapey flavour. The resulting wine has a perfumed nose with vibrant flavours of pear, grapefruit, lime and mineral and an off-dry finish which makes this wine refreshingly fun to drink.

FOOD PAIRING: 

LE15 PAIRING: Hoisin Pork Tenderloin Sliders. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Off-Dry        BODY: Medium        ALCOHOL: 12%*

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

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

Impressive Pairings: Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Dip

Mar 1, 2016

This month's recipe and pairing features Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Dip paired with an off-dry rosé.

This month's recipe and pairing features Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Dip paired with an off-dry rosé.

 

Impressive Pairings: Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Dip

 

Rosé Rapture

Feb 23, 2016

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to introduce to you, a spectacular limited release rosé from California: Selection Sauvignon Blanc Rosé. This lovely new rosé features tropical notes of pineapple and white peach with raspberry and cherry. The off-dry finish is balanced by expressive acidity for a refreshing, crisp wine that's great on its own and pairs beautifully with so many foods. Enjoy it this summer with just about anything including: fresh seafood, chicken or pork dishes, slightly spicy foods and sushi. Only a limited quantity of this fantastic varietal was produced and limited release rosé sells out every year, so get yours before it’s gone! 

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to introduce to you, a spectacular limited release rosé from California: Selection Sauvignon Blanc Rosé. This lovely new rosé features tropical notes of pineapple and white peach with raspberry and cherry. The off-dry finish is balanced by expressive acidity for a refreshing, crisp wine that's great on its own and pairs beautifully with so many foods. Enjoy it this summer with just about anything including: fresh seafood, chicken or pork dishes, slightly spicy foods and sushi. Only a limited quantity of this fantastic varietal was produced and limited release rosé sells out every year, so get yours before it’s gone! 

NEW! Selection California Sauvignon Blanc Rosé is available at Just Fine Wine beginning March 2, 2016 for a limited time only. Secure your order today. Selection California Sauvignon Blanc Rosé is a 6-8 week kit that produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished wine and is priced at $180 On-Premise or $115 Kit-Only.

Selection California Sauvignon Blanc Rose. Get Yours Today!

The STYLE:

Rosé wine has begun to come into its own in recent years and has become a serious style of wine unto itself. Rosés most often offer a lighter, brighter, sunnier take on your favourite red-wine grapes. This year's release is based on a white wine grape! Either way, rosés aren’t just for novice wine drinkers. Today’s rosés will please the palate of even the most discerning wine aficionado. Lip-smacking fruit and mouth-watering acidity, lightly chilled rosé wines are versatile and food-friendly.

Our SELECTION:

California Sauvignon Blanc Rosé

The Region:

Northern California
Grown in a classic Mediterranean climate featuring warm days and cool evenings, the region’s steady breezes provide the grapes with natural air conditioning throughout the growing season. This perfect climate produces wines with beautiful aromatics and refreshing natural acidity.

The Wine:

Pale salmon colour with lovely tropical notes of pineapple and white peach with raspberry and cherry. The wine is off-dry but the vibrant acidity balances it out. Full and juicy, a crisp and refreshing finish makes this a perfect sipping wine. BODY: MEDIUM   ALCOHOL: 11%   SWEETNESS: OFF-DRY

Food Pairing:

Rosé really does go with (almost) everything. This particular rosé has some residual sweetness making it a perfect partner for spicier fare. It’s also a great match for seafood, chicken and pork.

 

Selection California Sauvignon Blanc Rose. Get Yours Today!

 

HARD to Resist

Feb 23, 2016

Are you ready to set up your own back yard lemonade stand again this Summer? Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are happy to announce the return of Island Mist Hard Pink Lemonade and Hard Limeade - available for a limited time only! 

Are you ready to set up your own back yard lemonade stand again this Summer? Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are happy to announce the return of Island Mist Hard Pink Lemonade and Hard Limeade - available for a limited time only! 

Hard Limeade is delicious, super refreshing, and tart with flavours of freshly squeezed limes with just the right amount of sweetness. Hard Pink Lemonade has flavours of freshly squeezed lemons that make for the classic taste of pink lemonade...with a kick! Both flavours are 7.5% alcohol by volume and have a sweetness code of 5. Each kit produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished beverage and are priced at $125 On-Premise or $70 Kit-Only. These mouth-watering Island Mist flavour creations are limited in quantity and are available on a first come, first served basis beginning March 14th. So act fast and stock to up to ensure you don’t run out!

 

Get Your Summer On With Island Mist Hard Lemonade and Hard Limeade

 

Impressive Pairings: Pasta with Grated Beets

Feb 1, 2016

This month's feature is Pasta with Grated Beets paired with a smooth, fruit-forward Malbec.

This month's feature is Pasta with Grated Beets paired with a smooth, fruit-forward Malbec.

 

Pasta with Grated Beets with Malbec

 

Cool as a Cucumber

Feb 1, 2016

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are excited to introduce to you, the newest addition to the Island Mist catalogue: Cucumber Melon Sauvignon Blanc.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are excited to introduce to you, the newest addition to the Island Mist catalogue: Cucumber Melon Sauvignon Blanc.

It’s easy drinking for those long summer nights. The aroma is fresh and fragrant like your favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Light and fruity, the sweet notes of the melon are the perfect complement to the clean crisp cucumber. It's like a trip to the spa, right in your glass! For the ideal summer-time drink, freeze melon balls and drop into your glass to keep your drink icy cold on a hot day. 

NEW! Island Mist Cucumber Melon Sauvignon Blanc 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 End of February, 2016.

NEW! Island Mist Cucumber Melon Sauvignon Blanc

 

LE15 California Mosaic Red Now In-Store

Jan 28, 2016

Have you noticed that the days are getting longer again? We have, so please don't blame us is we have nice, warm weather and sunshine on the brain. Or maybe we're just in a "California Dreamin" frame of mind because the February LE15 release, California Mosaic Red" from Paso Robles is due to arrive at the shop this week.  For those of you who placed a pre-order for this exciting blend, please drop by the store to get yours under way (or to pick up your kit if you are a home winemaker). Then just think, it will be a short eight weeks before you're sipping this wine. Not to mention being 8 weeks closer to Summer! 

Have you noticed that the days are getting longer again? We have, so please don't blame us is we have nice, warm weather and sunshine on the brain. Or maybe we're just in a "California Dreamin" frame of mind because the February LE15 release, California Mosaic Red" from Paso Robles is due to arrive at the shop this week.  For those of you who placed a pre-order for this exciting blend, please drop by the store to get yours under way (or to pick up your kit if you are a home winemaker). Then just think, it will be a short eight weeks before you're sipping this wine. Not to mention being 8 weeks closer to Summer! 

For anyone who missed the pre-order deadline or for those who are interested in topping up their orders, we have a small quantity of extra kits available. But act now, these extras get snapped up very quickly - especially once people have tried their first batch! There is also rare trio of openings in the second oak barrel of Mosaic Red that is due to start mid-month. These are the only available oak barrel aged batches for the entire LE15 program this year. Don't miss out - contact us right away if you are interested.

 

February: Mosaic Red - Paso Robles, California, USA

February - California Mosaic Red

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REGION: PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA - Located along California’s famed Central Coast, between the busy cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco you’ll find Paso Robles Wine Country. Paso experiences a long growing season of warm days and cool nights which makes for vibrantly ripened grapes and beautiful wines. In addition to the abundance of vineyards, the region is also known for its mineral rich hot springs.

WINE: Like a true mosaic, the varietals in this wine each contribute their individual personality to create a harmonious blend. Merlot and Zinfandel bring round fruit notes while Petit Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon provide structure and complexity. Mosaic Red has aromas of red fruit with an undertone of smoke and spice. Flavours of juicy blackberry, raspberry, spice and smooth tannins give way to a lingering finish.

LE15 PAIRING: Bison Burgers with Balsamic Bacon Onion Relish. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

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

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

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

The Perfect Gift For Valentine's Day

Jan 28, 2016

Surprise the wine lover in your life with a Valentine's Day gift certificate from Just Fine Wine. Just think, a gift your loved one will absolutely adore and one that you can enjoy as well...a definite win-win situation! We have traditional paper gift certificates and also offer wine bottle gift certificates. We can customize your Valentine's message on an appropriate label and put it on a confetti filled bottle with a matching shrink cap. It's an extra touch that makes an ordinary gift certificate personal and fun! You have the option to purchase a specified monetary amount (of any denomination) or to begin a batch of wine on-premise. Stop in anytime and we'll get you started!

Surprise the wine lover in your life with a Valentine's Day gift certificate from Just Fine Wine. Just think, a gift your loved one will absolutely adore and one that you can enjoy as well...a definite win-win situation! We have traditional paper gift certificates and also offer wine bottle gift certificates. We can customize your Valentine's message on an appropriate label and put it on a confetti filled bottle with a matching shrink cap. It's an extra touch that makes an ordinary gift certificate personal and fun! You have the option to purchase a specified monetary amount (of any denomination) or to begin a batch of wine on-premise. Stop in anytime and we'll get you started!

 

Valentine's Day Gift Certificates 

January's LE15 Wines Available Now!

Jan 2, 2016

2016 is off and running and as usual we're kicking off the new year in style with the release of the first two LE15 styles: Barbera from Piedmont, Italy and Pinot Grigio Verduzza from Veneto, Italy. The kits are in-stock and ready to start (or pick up for you home winemakers) at Just Fine Wine. If you placed a pre-order for one or both of these wines, please drop into the shop (if you have not done so already) and we can get your batch(es) underway. Then it's just a short 8 week wait until you will be enjoying these latest installments in the amazing Winexpert Limited Edition program.

2016 is off and running and as usual we're kicking off the new year in style with the release of the first two LE15 styles: Barbera from Piedmont, Italy and Pinot Grigio Verduzza from Veneto, Italy. The kits are in-stock and ready to start (or pick up for you home winemakers) at Just Fine Wine. If you placed a pre-order for one or both of these wines, please drop into the shop (if you have not done so already) and we can get your batch(es) underway. Then it's just a short 8 week wait until you will be enjoying these latest installments in the amazing Winexpert Limited Edition program.

For anyone who missed the pre-order deadline or for those who are interested in topping up their orders, we have an extremely limited number of extra kits available for purchase. But act now, these extras are first come, first served and never seem to hang around for very long on the shelves!

 

January: Barbera - Piedmont, Italy

January - Italian Barbera

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REGION: PIEDMONT, ITALY - Piedmont is one of Italy’s most famed and beautiful wine regions. Situated at the base of the Alps, Piemonte in Italian means “at the foot of the mountains”. Piedmont has a cool continental climate with a hot growing season and severe winters. Vineyards grow along steep hillsides making this region as picturesque as it is productive.

WINE: Known for its higher acidity and lower tannins, Barbera is a very approachable wine. The LE15 Barbera is medium bodied with a sour cherry nose and a bit of earthiness. Bright, red fruit flavours of cherry and cranberry, with a hint of spice, tie it all together. Fresh acidity and smooth silky tannins make this a wine that can easily be enjoyed with or without food.

LE15 PAIRING: Chicken Ratatouille Tagliatelle. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium        ALCOHOL: 13.5%*

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

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

January: Pinot Grigio Verduzzo - Veneto, Italy

January - Italian Pinot Grigio Verduzzo

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REGION: VENETO, ITALY - Located just North of Venice, The Veneto stretches across most of the northern reaches of the Adriatic Sea. The Veneto is known to experience hot summers and cool winters, and thanks to its proximity to the sea, less extreme weather than other Northeastern regions. Visitors to The Veneto area have more than just wine to drink, with the picturesque city of Venice absorbing the majority of the region’s tourism.

WINE: This unofficial “super venetian” white is a blend of the vibrancy of Pinot Grigio with fresh citrus and pear complemented by the honeyed and ripe pineapple notes of Verduzzo. The zesty freshness and acidity is balanced by rounded tropical fruit flavours and a bit of nuttiness leading to a crisp, clean finish. This is a Pinot Grigio with a bit of pop.

LE15 PAIRING: Cod & Potato Cakes with Lemon-Herb Tartar Sauce. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Light-Medium        ALCOHOL: 13%*

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

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

Black Bean Dip with Eclipse Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel

Jan 1, 2016

This month's feature is Black Bean Dip paired with a Eclipse Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel.

This month's feature is Black Bean Dip paired with a Eclipse Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel.

 

Black Bean Dip paired with Eclipse Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel