Posts in the Category: Tip of the Month
TIP of the MONTH! Rinse 'em as you go! An easy guide to Bottle Maintenance

If you have ever opened a bottle of your personally made wine and found it to be “off”or simply doesn’t taste right, then open a second bottle to see if it tastes the same as the first. If the second bottle tastes fine, then you have a…“bottle maintenance” situation. Your wines are made in 30 bottle lots and are more...

Tip of the month-Wine Storage Basics!

“Many a potentially wonderful wine has been lost to improper cellaring techniques” Wine Storage Basics Here are some wine storage tips to ensure your wine will age properly. After you bottle your wine (or if purchased commercially) store your wine upright for the first 2 to 5 days in the location where intend to store it. This will allow more...

Tip of the Month! Really 'Cool' Ice Cubes!

Here is something fun and “Cool” It may be wine blasphemy …but if I try to please the world I always lose. I think a conversation piece is worth the ire of my fellow wine makers. This months tip is very simple. Put your favourite fruit  in the ice tray. What I mean is when you are prepping ice cubes, put a blueberry, a  raspberry, more...

How to start a campfire with old wine corks!

Who doesn’t like a  glass of wine and a warming fire? “Come on baby CORK my fire”. A few months ago a friend of mine gave me a great idea for all the used corks I had lying around other than making the usual cork boards that I made 12 years ago. Who doesn’t love sitting in front of a fire either at the cottage or by your more...

How long can I keep my Winexpert Wines?

Below is a simplified ageing chart that will provide a guideline for cellaring your wines. Please keep in mind there are many variables that will affect your wines once racked. Temperature, fluctuations in temperature, relative humidity,  and wine type  to name a few. For example, the difference in temperature from the floor to the ceiling in the more...

When the Shiraz hits the fan! How to remove red wine stains.

With the cooler weather, the party is now moving inside. With that comes the risk of spilling red wine on your lovely living room carpet. Here is a simple solution to removing those red wine stains that if left to dry can make your floor covering look somewhat like a murder scene. I know through experience that this method works for I was fearful of more...

Tip of the Month: Fastest way to chill down your wines.

The Fastest way to chill down your wines or anything really (ie. Ice packs for injuries), especially in the lovely but hot summer is to put your wine bottle in a mixture of ICE & WATER (and in an ‘Ice Bag’ of course). It’s faster than just using a bucket of ice, the freezer or even the fridge because of the water. Water with ice covers an more...

What's the wine like in Cuba? Wine tips for all-inclusive resorts.

    Hey Honey...My GOVINO is empty again   Hey Craig…What’s the Wine like in Cuba? When staying at an all inclusive resort in Cuba, do not expect an elite list of wines normally found in the Ritz Carlton for you will be disappointed. But, believe it or not, you can get a decent glass of wine in Cuba. I try to never mention to the wait staff more...

Christmas dinner and wine...what a conundrum!

Holiday dinners such as Christmas or New Years have such a cornucopia of flavours that it is often hard to settle on just one wine. There is the main staple…turkey! But there is also stuffing, squash, vegetables and the good old dollup of “smashed” potatoes and gravy and whatever other dish one might decide to put on the festive more...

Question of the month: Do any wines that I make have Gluten in them?

I cannot have Gluten in my diet. Do any wines that I have made from you have Gluten in them? Gord Thanks Gord. Excellent question. Below is an article from our industry leading publication ,Winemaker Magazine. Wine and gluten allergy (Author: Alison Crowe, Winemaker Magazine 2010) I myself don’t suffer from Celiac Disease, nor am I gluten sensitive more...

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