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White or Red Wine.

What was the story again about how white and red wines are made?
First, it is good to realize that there are over 10.000 varieties of grapes used to produce wine. Just a handful of these has red flesh whereas most of the grapes have flesh that is light greenish coloured.
White wine can be made with either white or red grapes. The major difference between white and red wine is that white wines are fermented without the grape skins. For red wine, it is during the early stage of the fermentation process that the wine extracts its colour from the exposed grape skins. After a few days, depending on the desired wine style, the skins are removed from the fermentation process. Et voilà.

Our Wine Of The Month

We picked a few wines that you will definitely love.
The Gewürztraminer
With its pale, yellow colour and floral, spicy aromas this wine’s distinct aromatic character is evident in the taste where peach and apricot flavours continue into a persistent finish. The spicy notes on the nose and tongue create an ideal match for oriental dishes, smoked salmon and mildly spiced foods. Crisp and off-dry with excellent acidity.
The Pinot Noir
Most people that I speak with are surprised to learn that the Pinot Noir is a grape often used to produce Champagne to which it contributes elegance, perfume and body.
Most of us, however, know the Pinot Noir as a red wine that comes fully loaded with intense flavours notes of violets, cherry, red berry, spice and a touch of earth. If you like a glass of Burgundy, this is exactly it. The Burgundy is made of the Pinot Noir grape.
An elegant, easy drinking red wine best enjoyed with gourmet pizzas, mushroom based dishes or as a sipping wine. Also, do not resist the temptation to show it off with your signature grilled chicken pasta dish!
The Niagara Mist Fruit wines
A uniquely refreshing series of wine beverage with a bold splash of ripe fruit.
The Niagara name has become synonymous with incredible wines and wonderfully tasty fruits. Niagara Mist® combines famous wine styles with sassy fruit flavours. These delightfully light and refreshing, exciting combinations are the perfect beverage choice for any occasion. ‘Any occasion’ being my deck during Summer too? Yes, absolutely! There are too many combinations to list here. Just hop in the store and get inspired.

Blended Wines

A while back, I wrote that blended juices can result in wines of highly interesting character and taste.

True. A blended wine meant here, is one made of a combination of different grapes or harvests. Which ones and how much of each is often a secret that winemakers keep to themselves and will therefore not always be shared. Even when revealed, the winemaking process is so complex that two winemakers with exactly the same grape juices will be able to produce two notably different wines.

Blending makes wines more complex and is used to create the unique character of a wine. Blending can enhance aromas, color, texture, body and finish, making the wine more well-rounded and interesting to enjoy. For example, if a wine with say strong body and alcohol content would render insufficiently strong aroma, a winemaker can add a small amount of a more potent smelling grape or use grapes harvested in different stages of ripeness.

There are other ways of blending that would involve interfering in the winemaking process, that I would be glad talking with you about when we meet in store.

Our juice blends are picked from critically selected locations around the world to provide you with the best possible tasting experience.

Bring A Friend OR MORE…

You have always wanted to try different wines side by side but cannot handle 30 bottles of each. Well then, bring a friend or more. And if they are new, each of you will get an immediate extra 10% discount on the kits you buy.

Passport Series #4 Super TUSCAN

The last of the four limited edition Passport series arrives in store on March Tuesday 5th.

This red Super Tuscan from Italy has built many friendships in Nelson since we took over Wine Kitz. Super Tuscan, a term made popular in the 1980’s, is used to describe wines made in Chianti that did not follow the strict DOCG rules using varietals non-indigenous to the region. A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this full-bodied Super Tuscan exhibits aromatic notes of oak, vanilla, leather and spice while the palate punches with bold black cherry and raspberry flavours. Firm but not aggressive tannins and a long lingering finish explain its popularity among the true wine lovers. While the terroir has challenged soil conditions, this benefits the region resulting in lower yields and higher quality wines also loved by critics worldwide.

The pre-order quantities are reserved. We did order a few extra for those who missed the deadline. This is your chance.