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Pure Indulgence.

May 29, 2013

This is your chance to experience pure indulgence: Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are happy to announce the return of Selection Spéciale Chocolate Raspberry Port and Selection Spéciale Chocolate Orange Port.

This is your chance to experience pure indulgence: Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are happy to announce the return of Selection Spéciale Chocolate Raspberry Port and Selection Spéciale Chocolate Orange Port.

Priced at $140 on-premise (or $235 for a double batch), each batch produces 11.5 litres (approximately thirty 375ml bottles or fifteen 750ml bottles). This is a "short-run" release so quantities will be limited are available through pre-order only. Reserve yours today by Contacting Just Fine Wine via phone, email, or in person. Pre-order deadline is Friday, August 2, 2013 (no deposit is required). Chocolate Raspberry Port and Chocolate Orange Port will be available the first week of September, which will be perfect timing for Christmas gifts and Holiday sipping.

 

Chocolate Orange Port

*Gold Medal Winner at the WineMaker Amateur Wine Competition 2013

This intensely flavoured Port-style dessert wine is full-bodies and rich, with complex aromas of bittersweet dark chocolate, thick with ripe orange and marmalade flavours. Excellent sipped in a comfortable chair by the fire, it is also brilliant with nuts and cheese, or drizzled over vanilla ice cream for a completely decadent after-dinner treat. Ready to drink within three months, Chocolate Orange Port will age for several years, evolving and showing complex layers of flavour over time.

Oak: Toasted   Sweetness: 7   Body: Full   Alcohol by Volume: 15% - 16.5%

 

 

Chocolate Raspberry Port

*7 time Gold Medal Winner at the WineMaker Amateur Wine Competition 2007-2013

Back by popular demand, this wine is bursting with rich, intense flavours and aromas. The traditional Port character of warm, rounded cherries and plums is supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry. Perfumed and gently tart, with a luscious liquid chocolate rush in the middle of the palate it finishes with beguiling dark, bittersweet aromas of coffee, vanilla, and toast, all the way to a long, rich finish. Excellent within three months, this wine will age gorgeously.

Oak: Toasted   Sweetness: 7   Body: Full   Alcohol by Volume: 15% - 16.5%

 

Pure Indulgence

 

* WineMaker magazine has granted the re-use of its registered trademark and copyright-protected results of the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition. For more informationon the competition, please visit www.winemakermag.com.

 

NEW! Raspberry Peach Sangria

Apr 9, 2013

 

 

This new Island Mist wine is every bit as tasty as it sounds. Sweet, ripe raspberries mix with juicy peach undertones for the perfect summer sangria: fruity, refreshing, and easy drinking.

Pour into a pitcher and add sliced fruit and ice for that traditional sangria experience, or serve chilled right out of the bottle. Either way, new Island Mist Raspberry Peach Sangria is a surefire crowd pleaser. Start your Sangria now at Just Fine Wine and be prepared for your summer fiestas.

Island Mist Raspberry Peach Sangria produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) is available now at Just Fine Wine for $125 (on-premise).

 

Enjoy Raspberry Peach Sangria from Just Fine Wine

 

Italian Nebbiolo is Here

Apr 8, 2013

 

 

April has finally arrived and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel that is Winter. What better way to celebrate than with the arrival of the final LE2012: Italian Nebbiolo with Grape Skins.

 

For anyone who placed a pre-order for LE2012 Italian Nebbiolo with Grapeskins, please stop in to Just Fine Wine your wine started. After a short 6-8 weeks, you'll be enjoying this robust red. If you're able to make some last until Christmas, you're going to have a real gem on your hands.

 

April - Italian Nebbiolo with Grape Skins

April - Italian Nebbiolo with Grape Skins

REGION: Ghiardello Vineyard, Reggio Emilia, Italy From the Ghiardello vineyard in Reggio Emilia, in the foothills of the DOC Colli di Scandiano, Nebbiolo is a late ripener and produces wine of excellent acidity and high tannins.

WINE: This is a wine of rare subtlety. Redolent with aromas of tar, rose, mint, chocolate, licorice and truffles, and rich, spicy fruit. Hints of cherries, violets, black licorice, and truffles play on the tongue with long-lasting flavour and a rich, chewy finish. Serve with red meats, stews, lamb shanks or osso buco.

AGING: This gripping wine will begin to open up after six months, but the richer, more intense flavours will take at least eighteen months to show, with cherry and spicy dominating the long, fruity finish for five years or more.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Full        ALCOHOL: 13%*

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

 

The Fastest Growing Wine Style in North America

Apr 8, 2013

 

 

Moscato may come from one of the oldest grape varietals but it’s only been recently that its popularity has skyrocketed. While the wine more than stands on its own, much of Moscato's increased profile is due to pop culture, with many musicians embracing the light-bodied, sweet wine as their drink of choice. Rappers Kanye West, Drake, Lil’ Kim, and Ab-Soul (to name a few) have even made reference to Moscato in their song lyrics. The impact has been remarkable. In just a few short years, Moscato has become one of the top-selling white wines in North America, making this an opportune time for Winexpert and Just Fine Wine to introduce to you the brand new World Vineyard California Moscato.

 

Lush...Fruity...Delightfully Sweet With Succulent Peach & Juicy Tropical Fruit Flavours.

 

California Moscato is sweet and perfectly refreshing for summer but it’s also a wine that should be enjoyed year-round. It's light with an easy-drinking sweetness that you can sip it lightly chilled, or mix with vodka, frozen fruit, or club soda for a punchy twist. California Moscato also makes for a perfect batch to sparkle (please note: carbonation is available at Just Fine Wine for an additional fee of $20). When developing this wine, it was profiled after a top selling Moscato in the United States. In blind tasting at Winexpert and at Andrew Peller Limited, not only did World Vineyard California Moscato score exceptionally well, but it received the exact same scores as it's commercial equivalent - and at half the cost as the Liquor Store!

California Moscato: brand new to the 4-5 week World Vineyard line of wine varietals and available now at Just Fine Wine. Each kit produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished product and is priced at an affordable $135 per batch. 

World Vineyard California Moscato Now Available at Just Fine Wine

Body: Light     Oak: None     Sweetness: Sweet     Alcohol: 8.5%

 

Phasing Out the Penny

Mar 16, 2013

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada announced it would phase out the penny from Canada’s coinage system. The decision to phase out the penny was due to its excessive and rising cost of production relative to face value, the increased accumulation of pennies by Canadians in their households, environmental considerations, and the significant handling costs the penny imposes on retailers, financial institutions and the economy in general.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada announced it would phase out the penny from Canada’s coinage system. The decision to phase out the penny was due to its excessive and rising cost of production relative to face value, the increased accumulation of pennies by Canadians in their households, environmental considerations, and the significant handling costs the penny imposes on retailers, financial institutions and the economy in general.

The cent will remain Canada’s smallest unit for pricing goods and services. This will have no impact on payments made by cheque or electronic transactions—only cash transactions will be affected. Moreover, pennies can still be used in cash transactions indefinitely with businesses that choose to accept them.

As of February 4, 2013 the Royal Canadian Mint has ceased distributing pennies. As of this date, businesses have been encourahed to begin rounding cash transactions. Just Fine Wine will continue to perform cash transactions "to the penny" as long as they remain available in our till. When such a time comes that this is no longer possible, the following procedures will be adhered to.

Rounding Guidelines

As pennies exit circulation, only cash payments/transactions will need to be rounded, either up or down, to the nearest five-cent increment. The Government of Canada will be adopting a rounding guideline that has been used successfully by other countries for its cash transactions with the public.

Under this guideline, when pennies are not available, cash transactions will be rounded in a fair and transparent manner, as illustrated below:

Penny Phase Out

Please not that the penny phase-out will have no effect on payments/transactions made with debit card, credit card, or personal cheques.

 

Source: Department of Finance - Government of Canada

 

Washington Riesling Chenin Blanc Now In-Store

Mar 1, 2013

The calendar has once again flipped to a new month and the fourth LE2012 varietal has now been delivered to Just Fine Wine.

The calendar has once again flipped to a new month and the fourth LE2012 varietal has now been delivered to Just Fine Wine.

For all those who placed a pre-order for LE2012 Washington Riesling Chenin Blanc, please drop into the shop to get your wine underway. Then it's just 6-8 weeks and you'll have a brilliant wine perfect for food pairing and Summer sipping.

For anyone who missed the pre-order deadline or for those who are interested in topping up their orders for the April LE2012, we have until the 15th of March to add to our order.

 

March - Washington Riesling Chenin Blanc

March - Washington Riesling Chenin Blanc

REGION: Dufault Vineyard, Yakima Valley, Washington, U.S.A. From Dufault Vineyard in the lower Yakima Valley of Washington state, this wine comes out of sandy-loam soil that runs down an extremely long south slope, ending in a drop to the Yakima river that allows for perfect air drainage. Hot, late-season sunshine and cool, breezy nights combine to make balanced, flavourful grapes.

WINE: Riesling gives boldly classic apple and stone fruit aromas, while Chenin Blanc provides more subtle melon and honey notes. On the palate it shows apricot, peach, green apple, quince and honey, with zesty acidity offset by a creamy mouthfeel and perfectly balanced richness. An excellent food wine, it matches well with grilled chicken, pork, and seafood, but it’s also an excellent sipper on its own, juicy, thirst-quenching and delicious.

AGING: Barely off-dry, this wine will be tempting to drink right on bottling day, but will show surprising flavour development over the course of a year, and will hold for two more years in a good cellar.

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

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

LE2012 Portuguese Aragones Cabernet Sauvignon Has Arrived

Feb 1, 2013

A new month, a new LE2012 has hit the shelves here at Just Fine Wine. If you placed a pre-order for Portuguese Aragones Cabernet Sauvignon, please stop by Just Fine Wine to start your wine. In a couple of short months we'll be enjoying the delicious tastes of Portugal.

A new month, a new LE2012 has hit the shelves here at Just Fine Wine. If you placed a pre-order for Portuguese Aragones Cabernet Sauvignon, please stop by Just Fine Wine to start your wine. In a couple of short months we'll be enjoying the delicious tastes of Portugal.

For anyone who missed the pre-order deadline or for those who are interested in topping up their orders for the March and April Limited Editions, we have until the 15th of each month prior to release to add to the order.

 

February - Portuguese Aragones Cabernet Sauvignon

February - Portuguese Aragones Cabernet Sauvignon

REGION: Vinho Mountains of Northern Portugal The Vinho Mountains of Northern Portugal overlook the broad, stormy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, capturing both the heat of the continent and the gentle, cool breezes that pass over them. Here, Aragnones reaches its full potential at a high degree of maturity, delivering deep, intense grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon also thrives here, delivering surprisingly classic character.

WINE: The wine has an aromatic profile of mulberry, blackberry currants, black cherry and cedar—and in time, a hint of rockrose and spice. In the mouth it offers cherry and raspberry, blackberry and plum, with a hint of tobacco competing with the cedar notes, along with subtle vanilla and toast. Brilliant with lamb, duck, barbecue and aged cheeses, it’s also an excellent wine for sipping on a summer patio by itself.

AGING: Aragnones matures early, making this tempting to drink under six months of age, but a year of patience will be well rewarded with more subtle fruit and developed cedar/spices notes; it will hold well for another two years.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium        ALCOHOL: 13.5%*

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

A Splash of Summer

Jan 10, 2013

Twisted Mist is back with citrus Summer classics Lime Margarita and Hard Pink Lemonade! Twisted Mist is a ready-to-drink cocktail that, while it is wine-based, tastes just like they were made with actual spirits. They are the perfect beverage whether you're throwing a spring fling fiesta, holding a summer time backyard BBQ extravaganza, or simply relaxing in the sun with good company. Simply chill, pour over ice and enjoy!

Twisted Mist is back with citrus Summer classics Lime Margarita and Hard Pink Lemonade! Twisted Mist is a ready-to-drink cocktail that, while it is wine-based, tastes just like they were made with actual spirits. They are the perfect beverage whether you're throwing a spring fling fiesta, holding a summer time backyard BBQ extravaganza, or simply relaxing in the sun with good company. Simply chill, pour over ice and enjoy!

These beverages are higher in alcohol than our regular Island Mist kits. After all, without alcohol, cocktails are mocktails! Twisted Mist produces 12% ABV (alcohol by volume) at bottling, giving the kick you expect, with great taste, authentic flavours and a smooth finish. Trendy cocktail bars charge up to $10/drink for cocktails like these. Bottled, premixed cocktail products are available for $18.00-$20.00/750ml bottle at the liquor store. Twisted Mist is available at Just Fine Wine for a fraction of that price.

Ready in approximately four weeks, Twisted Mist yields approximately 23L (roughly thirty 750ml bottles) and is priced at $125 per batch. Just like last year, you have the option to make thirty bottles of one flavour of your choice or you can go with a combo pack which will give you 15 bottles of each flavour. Twisted Mist is available now but will only be around for a limited time, so don't miss out. Contact Just Fine Wine to get yours before they are all gone. 

 Twisted Mist: Pre-order by February 15, 2013

 

Twisted Mist FAQ:

What is Twisted Mist?
It’s a wine-based 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% 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 Lime Margarita.

 

Learn to Twist Regular Island Mist

 

For any further information Contact Just Fine Wine

Pink Goes With Everything!

Jan 10, 2013

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are excited to announce the return of a fan favourite: Selection French Rosé. This blush wine is a crisp, off-dry rosé from France that is extremely food friendly with pairing possibilities running the gamut from light salads to spicy meats from the grill. Simply delicious when served chilled, French Rosé is definitely a wine to keep well-stocked and ready all summer long. Selection French Rosé is priced at $170 per on-premise batch and yields approximately 23L (roughly thirty 750ml bottles). Don't miss your opportunity to enjoy this great rosé. Ensure the availability of this versatile and delicious wine by pre-ordering yours from Just Fine Wine by February 15, 2013.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are excited to announce the return of a fan favourite: Selection French Rosé. This blush wine is a crisp, off-dry rosé from France that is extremely food friendly with pairing possibilities running the gamut from light salads to spicy meats from the grill. Simply delicious when served chilled, French Rosé is definitely a wine to keep well-stocked and ready all summer long. Selection French Rosé is priced at $170 per on-premise batch and yields approximately 23L (roughly thirty 750ml bottles). Don't miss your opportunity to enjoy this great rosé. Ensure the availability of this versatile and delicious wine by pre-ordering yours from Just Fine Wine by February 15, 2013.

 

French Rosé Pre-Order Deadline February 15

The New Year is Even Happier Now That the First LE2012's Are Here

Jan 3, 2013

 

 

The New Year may have just got here but it's already a good one. Why, you ask? Because the January LE2012's have arrived, that's why! If you placed a pre-order for one or both of the Argentine Malbec Bonarda or the Argentine Torrontes, please drop into Just Fine Wine to start your wine. In just 8 weeks time you will have an amazing Limited Edition wine to add to your collection at home.

For anyone who missed the pre-order deadline or for those who are interested in topping up their orders for the February, March and April Limited Editions, we have until the 15th of each month prior to release to add to the order.

 

January - Argentine Malbec Bonarda

 

January - Argentine Malbec Bonarda

REGION: Viñas Doña Constanza Vineyard, San Juan, Argentina Nestled in the Andes Mountains in western Argentina, the vineyards of San Juan get brilliant sunshine and little rain in their high desert location. The icy mountain runoff from the Andean snow pack waters the fine loamy soil to produce intensely flavourful grapes.

WINE: This Malbec-dominated blend exudes the new world southern hemisphere style of wine: deep reddish purple in the glass, with aromas of dark fruit, black currants and plums. A rush of initial sweet fruit brought on by the plum element turns slightly drier, reflecting more of a blackberry flavour, finally finishing with a hint of anise. The finish is quite long with dusty dry tannins and a hint of lingering black pepper. A rich, bold wine that will pair nicely with richly prepared red meat dishes.

AGING: Try to hold for at least six months before drinking. This wine will peak at 12-18 months and hold for another two years with good cellaring.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium Full        ALCOHOL: 13.5%*

PAIR WITH: Lamb Sandwich

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions

January - Argentine Torrontes

January - Argentine Torrontés

REGION: Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina Surrounded by mountain ranges, an average height of 1,700m above sea level, grapes grown in the Cafayate valley benefit from more than 300 sunny days a year and low-humidity mild weather.

WINE: This wine’s enticing aromas are strikingly similar to Viognier: hints of peach pit, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate it has a lush structure and vibrant acidity—and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity and floral this wine is still quite dry. Best enjoyed either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood.

AGING: This wine will begin to show very well early on, peaking between six and 12 months and holding for another six to 12 in a good cellar.

SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Medium        ALCOHOL: 12.5%*

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.