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Reserve Your Spot at the LE19 Wine Tasting

August 15, 2019

Join us at Just Fine Wine’s LE19 Wine Tasting, an informative and entertaining afternoon celebrating amazing wine & food.

What is LE19?

Every year, Winexpert produces a limited number of exclusive 8-week wine kits. There are three reds and two whites to choose from and the the varietals /styles change from year to year. These wine kits are released on a monthly basis beginning in January.  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. Details about the LE19 collection will be forthcoming in September.

What is Just Fine Wine’s LE19 Wine Tasting?

A challenge with LE wines is that they have to be pre-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 LE19 Wine Tasting, taking place 3pm to 5pm on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the KINSMEN HALL in Port Coquitlam (PLEASE NOTE: NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR). Using ‘commercial equivalents’ (wines recommended by Winexpert and purchased from a licensed BCLDB retailer), you can get an exclusive sneak preview of the LE19’s, months before they hit the shelves. These liquor store comparables are carefully selected to to give you a strong overall impression of what your Winexpert LE19’s will taste like, in advance of their production. Past attendees will attest that as good as some of this commercial wine is, the wine you will craft with us is always better…and, in most cases, far cheaper!

Just Fine Wine’s LE19 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 sample professionally prepared food pairings that are tailored specifically for each of the LE19 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?

Just Fine Wine has been putting on this annual event for the better part of twenty years. We’ve had the good fortune to have secured some incredibly knowledgeable moderators over that time but after he hosted our event for the first time seven years ago, it’s been a no-brainer to bring Tim Ellison back every year since. When it comes to the world of food and wine, he is infinitely informative and equally entertaining. After each Wine Tasting event we receive overwhelmingly positive feedback and constant demand for his return. We agree, so we keep bringing him back! Just Fine Wine couldn’t be happier to announce that the incomparable Tim Ellison will once again be at the helm, hosting this year’s LE19 Wine Tasting for the eighth year in a row.

Director of Operations at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, Tim has amassed a laundry list of accolades and accomplishments including but not limited to: a Diploma of Hospitality Administration from BCIT, Chef de Cuisine certification by the Canadian Culinary Institute, and dual Diplomas as a Sommelier by both the International Sommelier Guild (ISG) and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).  The WSET organization has also awarded Tim with the Level 3 Assessor status, allowing him to instruct their wine education classes. He is presently enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program in Hospitality Administration at VCC. Most importantly, he’s hugely entertaining and makes learning about wine an extremely enjoyable experience!

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.

A fantastic deal for only $15 person. Reserve your spot on the guest list today by contacting Just Fine Wine.

LE19 – DETAILS COMING SOON!

Luscious Late Harvest Riesling

Coming to Just Fine Wine September 4th is Winexpert’s newest Limited Release under the Après banner: Late Harvest Riesling. Available for a limited time only – order yours today!

Coming to Just Fine Wine September 4th is Winexpert’s newest Limited Release under the Après banner: Late Harvest Riesling.

If you’ve been searching for an after-dinner drink but find the sweetness of Ice Wine to be too much, then this wine is for you. Après Late Harvest Riesling is bright yellow in colour and features notes of ripe apricot, pear, and green apple. This wine’s honeyed late harvest character is balanced by brilliant, naturally high acidity making it a perfect post-dinner treat.

Après Late Harvest Riesling takes 8 weeks to produce 11.5L (approximately thirty 375ml bottles or fifteen 750ml bottles) of finished product and is priced at $154 On-Premise ($263 for a double batch) or $104 Kit-Only – incredible value for a late harvest wine. Just Fine Wine will have this limited release available, while quantities last, beginning September 4th, 2019. Don’t delay, contact us today to reserve your batch(es) because once they’re gone, they’re gone.

The timing is just right to have this wine ready for the Holidays. Bottles of Après Late Harvest Riesling are the perfect giveaways for friends, family, and party hosts. They also make for a classy gift to give to clients, customers, teachers, coaches, co-workers, and neighbours. If you can’t bring yourself to part with full bottles (we completely understand!), you can always share yours with all those people we just mentioned. Dessert wines are quickly gaining in popularity amongst the Gen X and Gen Y crowd and are great for enjoying after dinner or informally around the fire on those long, chilly Autumn and Winter evenings. Contact Just Fine Wine to secure your’s today.

 

Late Harvest Riesling

Bright yellow colour with notes of ripe apricot, pear and green apple.  Honeyed late harvest character balanced by brilliant acidity.

Sweetness: Medium   Body: Full   Oak: None   Alcohol by Volume: 13%

 

 

 

Tart Meets Sweet: Après Limited Release Sour Cherry Dessert Wine

On August 21st, Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to offer you the latest Limited Release Après Dessert Wine: Sour Cherry. Available for a limited time only – don’t miss out!

Are you ready for some juicy details? On August 21st, Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to offer you the latest Limited Release Après Dessert Wine: Sour Cherry.

This dessert wine is decadent with rich flavours and well balanced acidity that cuts through the sweetness of the wine. Après Sour Cherry Dessert Wine takes 8 weeks to produce 11.5L (approximately thirty 375ml bottles or fifteen 750ml bottles) of finished product. Priced at $150 On-Premise ($255 for a double batch) or $100 Kit-Only, this tasty treat will be available at Just Fine Wine beginning August 21, 2019 but for a limited time only. Be sure to contact us ASAP to guarantee availability.

The timing is just right to have this wine ready for the Holidays. Bottles of Après Sour Cherry Dessert Wine are the perfect giveaways for friends, family, and party hosts. They also make for a classy gift to give to clients, customers, teachers, coaches, co-workers, and neighbours. If you don’t want to give any full bottles away (we completely understand!) dessert wines are excellent for sharing with your loved ones and guests. Sip after dinner or informally around the fire on those long, chilly Autumn and Winter evenings. Contact Just Fine Wine to secure your’s today.

 

Sour Cherry Dessert Wine

Deep ruby with lovely sour cherry on the nose.  Tart cherry flavour that beautifully balances the sweetness of the wine. Warm, lingering finish.

Sweetness: Sweet   Body: Full   Oak: Medium   Alcohol by Volume: 17.5%

 

* due to legislation enforcing that only wines produced in specific regions of Portugal may use the name “Port”, Winexpert now calls their product “Dessert Wine”.  Name change aside, one thing you can be sure of is the same great taste! The finished product is as delicious as ever.

 

NEW Eclipse Three Moons Cabernet Sauvignon

Eclipse Three Moons Cabernet Sauvignon is a luscious, complex wine that exemplifies the unique characteristics from each of the three regions as they play off each other for a truly unique Cab Sauv experience. Available at Just Fine Wine for a limited time only.

Continuing in the tradition of amazing Eclipse Limited Release wines like as Forza, Bravado, Nocturnal, and Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel Cabernet, Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are happy to present you with yet another unique offering: Eclipse Three Moons Cabernet Sauvignon.

The grapes for this premium, full-bodied Cabernet were sourced from three carefully selected wine growing regions: Italy, California and Australia. This luscious, complex wine exemplifies the unique characteristics from each of the three regions as they play off each other for a truly unique Cab Sauv experience. Deep ruby-red in colour with blackberry, cassis and cedar notes, Eclipse Three Moons Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold, yet approachable wine with a long, smooth finish.

Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy this unique spin on a classic style of wine. Three Moons Cabernet Sauvignon is ready to bottle in 8-9 weeks and produces approximately 23L of finished wine (roughly thirty 750ml bottles).  Contact Just Fine Wine to get yours today for $225 On-Premise or $175 Kit-Only.

 

Eclipse Three Moons Cabernet Sauvignon – Italy || California || Australia

 

 

REGIONS: The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this premium wine were sourcedfrom three carefully selected wine growing regions. Veneto is located in northeastern Italy – its breathtaking landscape provides the perfect conditions for producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The Sierra Foothills in California, made famous during California’s Gold Rush, is known for developing grapes for bold and powerful wines. Lastly, the Riverland wine region in Southern Australia follows the Murray River and enjoys a Continental climate resulting in long sunshine hours which afford the wine full, ripe characteristics.

THE WINE: This luscious, complex Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifies the unique characteristics from each of the three regions where the grapes are sourced. Deep ruby-red in colour with blackberry, cassis and cedar notes, Three Moons Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold, yet approachable wine with a long, smooth finish.

FOOD PAIRING: Pairs well with roasted meat, aged cheese and pasta. Try it with grilled beef tagliata topped with shaved porcini mushrooms and Parmigiano-Reggiano

STYLE: Bold Red        SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Full        OAK: Medium-Heavy        ALCOHOL: 13.5%*

PRICE: $225 On-Premise | $175.00 Take-Home

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

Classic Character & Pacific Perfection

June 9, 2019

With great excitement Just Fine Wine and Winexpert present to you two Limited Release wines: Selection Whisky Barrel Cabernet Merlot and Selection Pacifica White.

With great excitement Just Fine Wine and Winexpert present to you two Limited Release wines: Selection Whisky Barrel Cabernet Merlot and Selection Pacifica White.

Comprised of four varietals sourced from around the Pacific Rim, Selection Pacifica White returns after debuting nearly a decade ago as part of the 2010 Limited Edition series. With noticeable acidity and excellent structure, this wine features flavours of peach, honeysuckle, apple-pear and tropical fruit. Fans of Pacific Quartet, this one is right up your alley.

On the heels of last year’s successful Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel Cabernet comes Selection Whisky Barrel Cabernet Merlot. The Merlot comes to us from California and we couldn’t be happier to announce that the Cabernet Sauvignon in this classic blend has been harvested from our own backyard in the Okanagan. The wine boasts ripe berry fruit flavours with structured tannins and high acidity. A blend of peated and unpeated oak chips from genuine Whisky barrels adds nuances of vanilla, tobacco and spice. If you are a fan of the current trend of whisky barrel aged wine, in particular Wayne Gretzky No.99 Whisky Oak Aged Red, this wine is for you.

Selection Pacifica White & Selection Whisky Barrel Cabernet Merlot are available in limited quantities. The Cab Merlot, in particular, is extremely short on supply – so much so that we only have a handful left available following our pre-order period. Act now or miss out – contact Just Fine Wine to secure your batch(es) today! Selection Pacifica White & Slection Whisky Barrel Cabernet Merlot will be available at Just Fine Wine beginning June 19th, 2019 and only only while quantities last. Ready in only 6-8 weeks and producing 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished wine, both wines are priced at $190 On-Premise or $135 Kit-Only.


Our SELECTION: Pacifica White

THE REGION: This unique blend has been sourced from the best of the Pacific Rim wine growing regions. Australia’s warm climate produces Semillon of outstanding character. The cooler climate of Chile makes a smooth and well-rounded Chardonnay, while the similar temperatures in New Zealand achieve an explosive, intense Sauvignon Blanc. The Viognier is sourced from the US Pacific Northwest where the marine influences contribute to the perfect growing conditions for this grape.

THE WINE: Staying true to our last release of Pacifica White in 2010, this wine showcases bright fruit and excellent structure. The Viognier offers flavours of peach and honeysuckle. The Semillon lends aromas of vanilla and butterscotch, while the Chilean Chardonnay adds more tropical fruit and apple-pear flavours. Finally, the Sauvignon Blanc adds the noticeable acidity in addition to the essence of passion fruit and gooseberry.

THE STYLE: FULL-BODIED WHITE   BODY: FULL   OAK: NONE   SWEETNESS: OFF-DRY   ALCOHOL: 11.5%*

THE FOOD PAIRING: Try it with a spring Pad Thai with green garlic, asparagus and peas or spaghetti with prawns, chili peppers and garlic.


OUR SELECTION: Whisky Barrel Cabernet Merlot

THE REGION: The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia has a terroir that is affected by the deep Okanagan Lake and the surrounding mountains. The moderately cold but short winters and the hot summer temperatures allow for the production of an exceptionally well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Paso Robles, located on the Central Coast of California, enjoys a long growing season and a healthy harvest which is the perfect condition for growing high quality Merlot.

THE WINE: The easygoing California Merlot is the perfect partner to the full-bodied BC Cabernet Sauvignon in this delectably versatile blend. The ripe berry fruit flavours, the structured tannins and the high acidity combine to create a wine that truly shines. The addition of peated and unpeated oak chips from genuine Whisky barrels adds nuances of vanilla, tobacco and spice.

THE STYLE: FULL-BODIED RED   BODY: FULL   OAK: WHISKY BARREL   SWEETNESS: DRY   ALCOHOL: 13%*

THE FOOD PAIRING: This wine’s versatility makes it a match for a variety of dishes! Keep it simple with pepperoni pizza or be creative and pair it with a rich, roasted leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic.

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

Sip, Smile, Repeat. World Vineyard California Pink Moscato Is Back.

May 8, 2019

Sip, smile, repeat. World Vineyard Pink Moscato is back!

Sip, smile, repeat. The rising trend of Moscato continues around the world and we are delighted to announce that World Vineyard Pink Moscato will be back for another year.

Featuring the same fresh flavours of strawberry, raspberry and cherry that you loved in years past. California Pink Moscato is light and refreshing on the palate making it great on its own or the perfect complement to fresh fruit kabobs, spicy BBQ dishes, chinese takeout and sweet desserts.

Not familiar with Moscato? This wine is typically sweet, lower in alcohol than most other varietals, and can be found in sparkling, still, and dessert styles. It is made from the grapes of the Muscat family, which includes over 200 varieties and can be grown anywhere and everywhere around the world. Having a lower alcohol content and a refreshing flavour profile make Moscato more than just a dessert wine. In recent years Moscato has experienced incredible growth in popularity and has been the fastest growing wine style commercially. Moscato has proven to cut across all sorts of demographic lines and is especially popular among younger consumers. This is partly due to the wine carving a real niche within popular culture – particularly within the Hip Hop music scene where it has been referred to or endorsed by such musical acts such as Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim, Drake, Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Khaled. In addition, Real Housewife of Atlanta NeNe Leakes developed her own “Miss Moscato” line. Mixed with vodka, Moscato has also become a nightlife staple in clubs and hot spots around the globe.

Perfect for Summer (and any time for that matter), World Vineyard California Pink Moscato is a 6 week kit that produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished wine and is priced at $145 On-Premise or $90 Kit-Only. Available now but for a limited time only at Just Fine Wine. See what all the fuss is about, get yours today before they’re gone!

World Vineyard California Pink Moscato

You’ll Love This New Island Mist — With Passion!

March 8, 2019

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert introduce the newest member of the Island Mist series: Grapefruit Passion Rosé. The perfect combination of the bold, tangy flavour of grapefruit and the sweet, citrusy essence of passion fruit unleashes an exotic, well-balanced rosé.

As soon as we can get this (hopefully) last blast of Winter behind us, our thoughts can turn towards Spring & Summer. Just Fine Wine and Winexpert want to try to hasten things along  by introducing the newest member of the Island Mist series: Grapefruit Passion Rosé. The perfect combination of the bold, tangy flavour of grapefruit and the sweet, citrusy essence of passion fruit unleashes an exotic, well-balanced rosé.

While this Island Mist style is ready to be paired with some warm sunshine and enjoyed on the patio or in the backyard, like all other Island Mist styles, they’re great any time of year. Fruity, refreshing and easy drinking. Sip slightly chilled, try with added fruit, make slushies and punch, or enjoy over ice topped with sparkling water for a refreshing Summer spritzer – there are countless ways to diversify your Island Mist.

NEW! Grapefruit Passion Rosé produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and is ready to bottle in just four short weeks. Prices are $125 for batches made on-premise or $70 kit-only for the home vintner. Bottle still or carbonate your batch for an additional $30.00.  Available now at Just Fine Wine. Order yours today and get a jump on Spring & Summer.

Celebrate & Save!

June 22, 2019

Mark your calendar! Just Fine Wine’s Annual Anniversary and Client Appreciation Celebration takes place June 24th until July 6th. It’s our biggest sale event of the year and culminates on Saturday, July 6th with our traditional BBQ Open House.

It’s that time once again:

JUST FINE WINE’S

ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY & CLIENT APPRECIATION CELEBRATION 2019

MONDAY, JUNE 24th UNTIL SATURDAY, JULY 6th

(Open House BBQ On Saturday, July 6th)

Each year Just Fine Wine likes to take the opportunity to show our gratitude to our incredibly loyal and supportive clients. Our annual Anniversary & Client Appreciation Celebration is our biggest sale event of the year, spans two weeks, and culminates on Saturday, July 6th with our traditional BBQ Open House.

We would like to extend an invitation you, your family, and your friends to join us. All the discounts and prize draws are available for the entire 11 days, while the July 6th BBQ Open House will also feature FREE hot dogs, smokies, snacks, and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome. Even if you don’t need wine, please stop by to relax for a moment, fill out an entry ballot for the prize draws, and grab some lunch on us (on Saturday the 6th). We look forward to seeing you!


Take Advantage of the Biggest Discounts of the Year*

Join us from June 24th to July 6th for our best sale of the year:

DOOR CRASHERS

$25 OFF ON-PREMISE || $13 OFF KIT-ONLY:

SELECTION Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot – California, USA (6-8 Weeks)

SELECTION Sangiovese – Italy (6-8 Weeks)

SELECTION Sauvignon Blanc – California, USA (6-8 Weeks)

SELECTION Gewürztraminer – California, USA (6-8 Weeks)

(Discount does not compound with any other sales, offers, or promotions.)

 

ROLL THE DICE, SLASH THE PRICE ($10 TO $25 OFF All On-Premise Winexpert Wines):

Roll 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9: $10 On-Premise || $5 Kit-Only (60.83% Chance)

Roll 3, 4, 10, or 11: $15 On-Premise || $8 Kit-Only (22.24% Chance)

Roll Doubles: $20 On-Premise || $10 Kit-Only (11.11% Chance)

Roll 2 or 12: $25 On-Premise || $13 Kit-Only (5.56% Chance)

(Discount does not compound with any other sales, offers, or promotions. Winexpert Products only. LE18, Limited Release, and Oak Barrel Aged Wines Not Included.)

 

$20 OFF ALL IN-STOCK “ON THE ROCKS” CIDERS MADE ON-PREMISE

Most styles available. Offer valid while in-store quantities last. First come, first served.

(Discount does not compound with any other sales, offers, or promotions.)

 

10% OFF FOR THE HOME VINTNER:

Home wine & beer makers will enjoy a 10% discount on all take-home cider kits, supplies, & equipment.

(Discount does not compound with any other sales, offers, or promotions)

 

HALF PRICE BARREL FEE ($25 SAVINGS!)

SELECTION Malbec – Argentina

(Discount does not compound with any other sales, offers, or promotions.)

 


ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZES!**

In addition to the incredible savings, we will again be giving away some fabulous prizes. All you have to do to make yourself eligible is simply fill out an entry ballot in-store from June 24th to July 6th (no purchase necessary), place it in the draw box, and you’ll be entered for for your chance to win one of the following:

  • Island Mist wine kit of your choosing including on-premise service
  • Vintners Reserve OR World Vineyard wine kit of your choosing including on-premise service
  • Eclipse wine kit of your choosing including on-premise service.

We want to thank all of our clients, old and new, for consistently choosing Just Fine Wine and we look to enjoying our June 24th to July 6th Anniversary & Client Appreciation Celebration with you!

 

* Sale discounts/promotions are valid June 24th to July 6th, 2019 only and do not compound with any other sales, offers, or promotions. Special offers apply to Winexpert products only unless otherwise specified. LE18, Limited Release, and Oak Barrel Aged Wines Not Included.)

** Prizes and sale items are subject to change without warning. In this unlikely event, equivalent replacements will be offered.

Cocktail Refreshers

March 8, 2019

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert invite you to refresh your glass by pouring yourself some of these cocktail-inspired wines: Island Mist Peach Bellini and Island Mist Mango Mai Tai are back by popular demand for a very limited time only!

Beginning April 10th, Just Fine Wine and Winexpert invite you to refresh your glass by pouring yourself some cocktail-inspired wines: Island Mist Peach Bellini and Island Mist Mango Mai Tai are back by popular demand for a very limited time only!

 

Island Mist Peach Bellini features mouthwatering flavours of juicy ripe peach, white apricot, prosecco and rum.

Island Mist Mango Mai Tai presents a tantalizing combination ripe mango, lime, pineapple and orange with rum and amaretto undertones

 

Both of these Island Mists are delicious and super refreshing. These styles are 7.5% alcohol by volume and are medium sweetness. Each kit produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished beverage and are priced at $130 On-Premise or $75 Kit-Only. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to serve these cocktail refreshers on your patio this Spring/Summer. Island Mist Peach Bellini and Island Mist Mango Mai Tai are extremely limited in quantity and are available on a first come, first served basis beginning in April 2019. Don’t delay, order yours now!

Hit the Summer Hard!

Join Just Fine Wine and Winexpert as we hit the Summer HARD! We’re bringing reinforcements with us: NEW Island Mist Hard Black Cherry Lemonade and returning favourite Island Mist Hard Pink Lemonade.

Join Just Fine Wine and Winexpert as we hit the Summer HARD! We’re bringing reinforcements with us: NEW Island Mist Hard Black Cherry Lemonade and returning favourite Island Mist Hard Pink Lemonade. Both styles are available now at Just Fine Wine for a very limited time only!

 

Island Mist Hard Black Cherry Lemonade presents freshly picked dark cherry and plum flavours that combine perfectly with the slight tart acidity from the lemonade

Island Mist Hard Pink Lemonade offers up the delightful flavour of squeezed lemons that makes for the classic taste of pink lemonade…with a kick. Just the right balance of sweet and tart.

 

These Hard Lemonade Island Mists are delicious and super refreshing. Both styles are 7.5% alcohol by volume and are medium sweet. Each kit produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished beverage and are priced at $130 On-Premise or $75 Kit-Only. Island Mist Hard Black Cherry Lemonade and Island Mist Hard Pink Lemonade are extremely limited in quantity and are now available on a first come, first served basis. Act fast to ensure you don’t miss out!

Now In at Just Fine Wine: LE18 California Symphony Gewürztraminer

LE18 California Symphony Gewürztraminer is now available in-store at Just Fine Wine. If you submitted a pre-order for this refreshing off-dry blend, please drop in to shop and we can get yours started.

March is here and with it comes the first deliveries of LE18 California Symphony Gewürztraminer to Just Fine Wine. If you submitted a pre-order for this amazing combination, please stop by the shop and we can get yours started (or send you home with a kit if you are a home winemaker). Just think, a very short eight weeks and you’ll be enjoying this perfect off-dry blend – hopefully with some nice Spring weather.

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 “overstock” kits available for purchase. Act now because all of our LE18 extras are available on a first come, first served basis and are moving very quickly.

Available March 2019: Symphony Gewürztraminer – Sierra Foothills, California, USA

REGION: SIERRA FOOTHILLS, CALIFORNIA, USA – The Sierra Foothills were the center of the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. European immigrants flocked here seeking their fortunes and planted the area’s first vineyards as they settled into life in the Wild West. Rustic and remote compared to the state’s other regions – Gold Rush ghost towns still dot the countryside – growers take full advantage of the varied terrain of the foothills, utilizing the slopes to maximize sun exposure. The shallow soil is mainly decomposed granite, shale or volcanic matter; not particularly fertile ground, nor does it retain much moisture in a region where water can be scarce. These harsh-sounding conditions are actually good news for grapes as the vines yield less fruit, resulting in more concentrated flavours.

WINE: Symphony is one of California’s hidden gems bringing peach, apple and tropical fruit flavours, it is a natural and perfect complement to Gewürztraminer’s characteristic lychee notes. An aromatic blend with floral and juicy peach aromas, this o-dry wine deliciously combines lush tropical and stone fruit flavours. Crisp and bright with expressive fruit and subtle sweetness, this wine really sings when chilled. A beauty to sip on its own, or a perfect companion to spicy Asian dishes, zesty barbecue or baked ham.

LE18 PAIRING:  Mango Curry Chicken Thighs  CLICK HERE for Recipe.

  • SWEETNESS: Off-Dry
  • BODY: Light-Medium
  • OAK: None
  • ALCOHOL: 12%*

PRICE: $193.00 On-Premise | $138.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

LE18 Chilean Corazón Now Available

January 29, 2019

The first LE18 Chilean Corazón wine kits have now arrived at Just Fine Wine. If you submitted a pre-order for this spectacular blend, please stop by the shop and we can get yours started.

The first LE18 Chilean Corazón wine kits have now arrived at Just Fine Wine. If you submitted a pre-order for this spectacular blend, please stop by the shop and we can get yours started (or send you home with a kit if you are a home winemaker). A mere eight weeks later you’ll be enjoying the your first taste of  LE18 Corazón from the Curicó Valley in Chile.

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 “overstock” kits available for purchase. We also have four spaces available left available for Oak Barrel Aging. Don’t delay, these extras are available on a first come, first served basis and don’t hang around very longs.

Available February 2019: Corazón – Curicó Valley, Chile

REGION: CURICÓ VALLEY, CHILE – Corazón, Spanish for ‘heart’, comes from the Curicó Valley located in the heart of Chile. Nestled in between the Andes and Coastal Range mountains, the valley’s vineyards reap many benefits from these towering neighbours. Meltwater rivers provide irrigation during dry summer months and deposit rich minerals in the soil, and hot sunny days are balanced by cool air drifting down from the snow-covered peaks of the Andes at night; these daily temperature
swings cause the grapes to ripen slowly, allowing for optimal flavour, tannin and colour development.

WINE: This wine is a charismatic blend of Carménère, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Pais. Carménère, the signature Chilean grape, delivers jammy raspberry and herbal spice. Cab Franc brings bold cherry, juicy berry and acidity, while Syrah lends intense black fruit flavours and tannin. Pais, widely planted in Chile for centuries but little-known elsewhere, rounds out the blend with rustic red fruit and crisp acidity. This juicy blend is full of expressive black and red berries, surrounded by cherry and tart plum notes in harmony with underlying oak, bright acidity and smooth polished tannins. Pair with rosemary lamb chops, beef skewers, Portobello mushroom burgers and
aged cheddar.

LE18 PAIRING: Smoky Beef Koftas. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry

BODY: Medium-Full

OAK: Medium

ALCOHOL: 13%*

PRICE: $193.00 On-Premise | $138.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 

Clink Pink…Again. SELECTION Italian Pink Pinot Grigio is Back!

January 24, 2019

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are excited to announce the return of the tremendously popular limited release rosé: SELECTION Italian Pink Pinot Grigio.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are excited to announce the return of the tremendously popular limited release rosé: SELECTION Italian Pink Pinot Grigio. This Pinot Grigio is TICKLED PINK and ready for Summer sipping. Off-dry, crisp and light-bodied with a pale salmon pink hue, this wine presents light apple, pear, floral and tropical fruit aromas that accompany delightful strawberry and rhubarb flavours. Only a limited quantity of this fantastic varietal will be produced and you can reserve yours at Just Fine Wine now until it’s gone – which won’t take long!

Each Spring, Winexpert releases a “short run” rosé and the demand for these wines has been steadily increasing as wine lovers discover the quality and versatility of blushes. This fact coupled with the incredible popularity of Pinot Grigio meant that we were certain that this wine was destined to sell out quickly last year…and it did. Italian Pink Pinot Grigio created exceptional demand and was has proven to be our most popular limited release blush ever. Don’t miss out – reserve your batch(es) today! SELECTION Italian Pink Pinot Grigio will be available at Just Fine Wine beginning February 13, 2019 for a limited time only. Ready in only 6-8 weeks and producing 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) of finished wine, SELECTION Italian Pink Pinot Grigio is priced at $185 On-Premise or $130 Kit-Only.

SELECTION Italian Pink Pinot Grigio

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. Like the California Sauvignon Blanc Rosé offered in 2016 & 2017, this year’s release is based on a grape that is most often associated with white wine! 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: Pink Pinot Grigio

The Region: Italy

The Wine: Off-dry, crisp and refreshingly light-bodied (as is typical with most Pinot Grigios). A pale, salmon-pink hued wine that presents light apple, pear, floral and tropical fruit aromas that accompany delightful strawberry and rhubarb flavours. A perfect sipping wine and is versatile at the dining table, as is the case with most blush wines.

BODY: LIGHT-MEDIUM   ALCOHOL: 12%   SWEETNESS: OFF-DRY

Food Pairing: Rosé really does go with (almost) everything. SELECTION Pink Pinot Grigio has some residual sweetness making it a perfect partner for spicier fare. It’s also a great match for light salads, shellfish and other seafood, goat’s cheeses, chicken, and pork.

 

SELECTION Italian Pink Pinot Grigio

 

Impressive Pairings: Summer Tomato Tart with Italian Pinot Grigio

January 9, 2019

Are you looking for the perfect accompaniment to your favourite wine? Are you interested in learning more about what wine complements what cuisine? If yes, then “Impressive Pairings” is the feature for you.

This gorgeous recipe is so easy to assemble and, by using a medley of hothouse tomatoes, can be made whenever you’re craving a little taste of summer. This dish makes for an impressive pairing when served with Selection Italian Pinot Grigio.

 

A Craft Winemaking Experience For Valentine’s Day

January 8, 2019

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!

This Valentine’s Day, surprise the wine lover in your life with a craft winemaking experience at 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 offer wine bottle gift certificates that you can customize with 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!

Give A Craft Winemaking Experience This Valentine's Day

LE18 January Varietals Now In-Store

December 20, 2018

Christmas has come a little early for all of you LE aficionados. Just Fine Wine has received our first shipments of the LE18 January releases, New Zealand Fumé Blanc & California Black Cab.

Santa has come a little early for fans of our annual LE series. The first shipments of the January LE18 varietals have been delivered a couple of weeks early and are in-stock, ready to start (or pick up for home winemaking) 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 yours started. Just think, after a quick 8 weeks you’ll be enjoying the latest batch of fantastic Limited Edition wine.

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 “overstock” kits available for purchase. Act fast, these extras are available on a first come, first served basis and never linger on the shelves.

LE18 Black Cab – Lodi, California, USA – NOW AVAILABLE!

REGION: LODI, CALIFORNIA, USA – Grapes have long been a part of the Lodi landscape, where bountiful wild vines used to grow along riverbanks. From the first planted vines in the mid-1800s, the region has flourished into a world-class producer, with most of the land dedicated to red wine grape varieties. Lodi’s grapes benefit from a Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights, and a dry growing season which allows growers to precisely manage vine growth through irrigation. Two mountain-fed rivers run through the region bringing rich granite-based minerals to the soil which lend complex flavours to the grapes.

WINE: Black Cab is an intriguing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay Noir. Gamay is a light-bodied red wine revered for its floral aromas and earthiness, with tart red berry and lively acidity. Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red loaded with black fruits, cherry, black pepper and hints of earth. This balanced blend marries the best of both varietals into an energetic medium-bodied beauty. Ripe and round with vibrant acidity and silky-smooth tannins, expect pronounced cherry and juicy red berry flavours rounded out with notes of cassis, spice, subtle earthy undertones and soft vanilla. Pair with grilled red meats, pizza, black peppercorn tuna, black bean stews or roasted pepper dishes.

LE18 PAIRING: Golden Couscous Stuffed Peppers. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

  • SWEETNESS: Dry
  • BODY: Medium
  • OAK: Medium
  • ALCOHOL: 12.5%*

PRICE: $193.00 On-Premise | $138.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 


LE18 Fumé Blanc – Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand – NOW AVAILABLE!

REGION: HAWKE’S BAY, NEW ZEALAND – The sun loves this little bay on the Pacific coast. Hot dry winds, low rainfall and an annual average of 2,220 hours of sunshine make Hawke’s Bay one of the warmest, driest areas of the island. Several major rivers running through the region have changed course over the millennia, resulting in a diverse collection of soil types, making it very versatile for viticulture. With these ideal fruit-growing conditions, it’s no wonder this is the oldest and one of the most
celebrated wine regions in New Zealand.

WINE: Don’t let the name fool you – though ‘Fumé’ means ‘smoke’, don’t expect a smoky white wine. Coined in the 1960s to denote a new and different style of dry,
oaked Sauvignon Blanc, the name is derived from Pouilly-Fumé, a popular French appellation that specializes in a similar style wine. Made with lush New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, this mouth-filling wine delivers a rush of ripe tropical fruit on the palate, with complex layers of gooseberry and melon, bright acidity and hints of grassy mineral notes expertly harmonized with a gentle creamy vanilla oak. Pair with goat cheese, seafood platters and chicken or pasta dishes with creamy sauce and spring vegetables.

LE18 PAIRING: Orzo with Peas and Goat Cheese. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

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

PRICE: $193.00 On-Premise | $138.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

Give That Special Someone A Craft Winemaking Experience

December 19, 2018

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 a craft winemaking experience 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!

Introducing the LE18 Collection

September 11, 2018

Just Fine Wine is excited to present to you the LE18 Collection, showcasing five amazing wines from five remarkable wine-growing regions.

It’s one of our favourite times of the year! Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are excited to present to you the LE18 Collection, showcasing five amazing wines from five remarkable wine-growing regions.

Continuing the rich and celebrated tradition of excellence and ingenuity, the LE18 collection is a tremendous lineup of much-loved varietals and unique, standout blends. From bold and sumptuous reds to light, bright, and subtly sweet whites, the LE18 collection offers something for every wine lover (scroll down for complete wine by wine descriptions). This year, superior quality juice has been sourced from: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand; Curicó Valley, Chile; Piedmont, Italy; as well as both Lodi and the Sierra Foothills of California, USA. Each and every year the LE series produces five magnificent wines that compliment any wine cellar.

LE18 vintages are available for a limited time and by pre-order only. The wines are set to be released on a month to month basis from January through April 2019.  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 Saturday, December 1, 2018. All LE18 wine kits produce approximately 23L (roughly thirty 750ml bottles) of finished product and are priced at $193 On-Premise and $138 Kit -Only (Grape Skin Kit is $209 On-Premise and $154 Kit-Only). Oak Barrel aging will be made available on a first come, first served basis for all three reds as well as the Fumé Blanc. Oak Barrel Aging is an additional $50 fee and worth every penny. Submit your order today and avoid missing out on these fantastic wines!

There are three ways to reserve your LE18 wine kits:

  1. Email: info@justfinewine.ca
  2. Call: 604.944.7818
  3. In Person: Join us at our LE18 Wine Tasting, taking place Sunday, October 21, 2018 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 LE18 Collection:

Available January 2019: Black Cab – Lodi, California, USA

REGION: LODI, CALIFORNIA, USA – Grapes have long been a part of the Lodi landscape, where bountiful wild vines used to grow along riverbanks. From the first planted vines in the mid-1800s, the region has flourished into a world-class producer, with most of the land dedicated to red wine grape varieties. Lodi’s grapes benefit from a Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights, and a dry growing season which allows growers to precisely manage vine growth through irrigation. Two mountain-fed rivers run through the region bringing rich granite-based minerals to the soil which lend complex flavours to the grapes.

WINE: Black Cab is an intriguing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay Noir. Gamay is a light-bodied red wine revered for its floral aromas and earthiness, with tart red berry and lively acidity. Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red loaded with black fruits, cherry, black pepper and hints of earth. This balanced blend marries the best of both varietals into an energetic medium-bodied beauty. Ripe and round with vibrant acidity and silky-smooth tannins, expect pronounced cherry and juicy red berry flavours rounded out with notes of cassis, spice, subtle earthy undertones and soft vanilla. Pair with grilled red meats, pizza, black peppercorn tuna, black bean stews or roasted pepper dishes.

LE18 PAIRING: Golden Couscous Stuffed Peppers. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

  • SWEETNESS: Dry
  • BODY: Medium
  • OAK: Medium
  • ALCOHOL: 12.5%*

PRICE: $193.00 On-Premise | $138.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 


Available January 2019: Fumé Blanc – Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

REGION: HAWKE’S BAY, NEW ZEALAND – The sun loves this little bay on the Pacific coast. Hot dry winds, low rainfall and an annual average of 2,220 hours of sunshine make Hawke’s Bay one of the warmest, driest areas of the island. Several major rivers running through the region have changed course over the millennia, resulting in a diverse collection of soil types, making it very versatile for viticulture. With these ideal fruit-growing conditions, it’s no wonder this is the oldest and one of the most
celebrated wine regions in New Zealand.

WINE: Don’t let the name fool you – though ‘Fumé’ means ‘smoke’, don’t expect a smoky white wine. Coined in the 1960s to denote a new and different style of dry,
oaked Sauvignon Blanc, the name is derived from Pouilly-Fumé, a popular French appellation that specializes in a similar style wine. Made with lush New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, this mouth-filling wine delivers a rush of ripe tropical fruit on the palate, with complex layers of gooseberry and melon, bright acidity and hints of grassy mineral notes expertly harmonized with a gentle creamy vanilla oak. Pair with goat cheese, seafood platters and chicken or pasta dishes with creamy sauce and spring vegetables.

LE18 PAIRING: Orzo with Peas and Goat Cheese. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

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

PRICE: $193.00 On-Premise | $138.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 


Available February 2019: Corazón – Curicó Valley, Chile

REGION: CURICÓ VALLEY, CHILE – Corazón, Spanish for ‘heart’, comes from the Curicó Valley located in the heart of Chile. Nestled in between the Andes and Coastal Range mountains, the valley’s vineyards reap many benefits from these towering neighbours. Meltwater rivers provide irrigation during dry summer months and deposit rich minerals in the soil, and hot sunny days are balanced by cool air drifting down from the snow-covered peaks of the Andes at night; these daily temperature
swings cause the grapes to ripen slowly, allowing for optimal flavour, tannin and colour development.

WINE: This wine is a charismatic blend of Carménère, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Pais. Carménère, the signature Chilean grape, delivers jammy raspberry and herbal spice. Cab Franc brings bold cherry, juicy berry and acidity, while Syrah lends intense black fruit flavours and tannin. Pais, widely planted in Chile for centuries but little-known elsewhere, rounds out the blend with rustic red fruit and crisp acidity. This juicy blend is full of expressive black and red berries, surrounded by cherry and tart plum notes in harmony with underlying oak, bright acidity and smooth polished tannins. Pair with rosemary lamb chops, beef skewers, Portobello mushroom burgers and
aged cheddar.

LE18 PAIRING: Smoky Beef Koftas. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry

BODY: Medium-Full

OAK: Medium

ALCOHOL: 13%*

PRICE: $193.00 On-Premise | $138.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 


Available March 2019: Symphony Gewürztraminer – Sierra Foothills, California, USA

REGION: SIERRA FOOTHILLS, CALIFORNIA, USA – The Sierra Foothills were the center of the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. European immigrants flocked here seeking their fortunes and planted the area’s first vineyards as they settled into life in the Wild West. Rustic and remote compared to the state’s other regions – Gold Rush ghost towns still dot the countryside – growers take full advantage of the varied terrain of the foothills, utilizing the slopes to maximize sun exposure. The shallow soil is mainly decomposed granite, shale or volcanic matter; not particularly fertile ground, nor does it retain much moisture in a region where water can be scarce. These harsh-sounding conditions are actually good news for grapes as the vines yield less fruit, resulting in more concentrated flavours.

WINE: Symphony is one of California’s hidden gems bringing peach, apple and tropical fruit flavours, it is a natural and perfect complement to Gewürztraminer’s characteristic lychee notes. An aromatic blend with floral and juicy peach aromas, this o-dry wine deliciously combines lush tropical and stone fruit flavours. Crisp and bright with expressive fruit and subtle sweetness, this wine really sings when chilled. A beauty to sip on its own, or a perfect companion to spicy Asian dishes, zesty barbecue or baked ham.

LE18 PAIRING:  Mango Curry Chicken Thighs  CLICK HERE for Recipe.

  • SWEETNESS: Off-Dry
  • BODY: Light-Medium
  • OAK: None
  • ALCOHOL: 12%*

PRICE: $193.00 On-Premise | $138.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 


Available April 2018: Barbaresco with Grape Skins – Piedmont, Italy

REGION: PIEDMONT, ITALY – Piedmont boasts a rich cultural and winemaking history going back to the Middle Ages and is home to Italy’s most revered red wines. Located at the foot of the Alps, the region’s hilly landscape is lush with valleys full of vines, with many sunny slopes reserved for the prized Nebbiolo grape. The continental climate sees long, hot summers but thick morning fogs commonly roll through the valleys bringing cooler air. This rhythm of rising and falling temperatures slows
the ripening of the Nebbiolo grapes, resulting in aromatic wines high in acid, alcohol and tannin – prized attributes of the Barbaresco wine style.

WINE: Widely regarded as one of Italy’s top wines, the Barbaresco style is undeniably delicious. Made with Nebbiolo, Piedmont’s most respected and most loved
red wine grape, this wine exudes intense aromas of juicy cherry combined with toasty oak and spice. The sumptuous palate seduces with cherry and ripe red berries, licorice, baking spice, leather and earthy notes. It boasts balance and structure with firm velvety tannins, a full body and a beautiful long-lasting finish. Pair with grilled or braised meat, mushroom risotto, Ragu Bolognese and mature cheeses.

LE18 PAIRING: Braised Beef Short Ribs. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

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

PRICE: $209.00 On-Premise | $154.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

 


Don’t Miss Out. Reserve Your LE18 by Pre-Ordering Today:

Email: info@justfinewine.ca

Call: 604.944.7818

In Person: Join us at our LE18 Wine Tasting, taking place Sunday, October 21, 2018 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.

LE18 Pre-order deadline is Saturday, December 1, 2018.


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 LE18 wines in advance of the pre-order deadline at Just Fine Wine’s LE18 Wine Tasting taking place October 21, 2018. Join us for an enjoyable afternoon filled with fun, food, and of course, wine! This casual and entertaining event also features the one and only Tim Ellison – come find out for yourself why popular demand is bringing him back for a seventh straight year!


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 – or Limited Edition – 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. Each and every year, LE wines are awarded medals at the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition; a testament to the superior quality of our LE program. We’re confident LE18 will continue the award-winning tradition; so be sure to make your wine cellar an award-winning one. Ask Just Fine Wine for any further information.

DOWNLOADABLE ORDER FORM

Impressive Pairings: Meatless Monday Mushroom Tacos with Diablo Rojo

October 10, 2018

Are you looking for the perfect accompaniment to your favourite wine? Are you interested in learning more about what wine complements what cuisine? If yes, then “Impressive Pairings” is the feature for you.

These hearty tacos are flavourful and satisfying. They will appeal to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. For an impressive pairing, serve with Vintners Reserve Diablo Rojo.

 

Better With Bourbon – Straight Up.

August 4, 2018

A robust blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon enhanced by the addition of oak chips from authentic Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. Inviting toasty notes on the nose lead to flavours of jammy blackberry, cherry and plum. Bourbon nuances of toasted vanilla, spice and a hint of caramel provide for a long, smooth finish. Available at Just Fine Wine for a limited time only.

Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are excited to introduce Limited Release Eclipse Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel Cabernet from Dry Creek Valley, California.

It is a tall order to follow in the large footsteps of previous Eclipse Limited Releases such as Forza, Bravado, and Nocturnal, as those wines all proved to be exceptionally popular with our winemakers. We expect nothing less with Limited Release Eclipse Bourbon Barrel Zin Cab – this wine is going to be a huge hit! Bourbon Barrel aging has been an explosive trend in the commercial wine industry recently and has seen heavy hitters like Mondavi and Apothic entering the fray. As always, Just Fine Wine is happy to offer our clients the opportunity to enjoy this massively popular style…but at a better price than commercial wine and liquor stores!

A bold red blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet, that is taken to another level with the presence of authentic Kentucky Bourbon Barrel oak chips, is ready to bottle in just 8 short weeks. This wine kit produces approximately 23L of finished wine (roughly thirty 750ml bottles) and is priced at $225 On-Premise or $175 Kit-Only. Available now, contact Just Fine Wine to get yours today!

Eclipse Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel Cabernet – Sonoma Dry Creek Valley, USA

 

 

REGION: Dry Creek Valley – Sonoma County, California, USA
Dry Creek Valley is a premium wine-growing region in northern Sonoma County, California. World renowned for its Zinfandel, blocks of old-vines mark the area, many having
survived prohibition when many vines were removed. You won’t find any traffic lights in Dry Creek Valley, but you will find fertile soil and ideal growing conditions.THE WINE: A robust blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon enhanced by the addition of oak chips from authentic Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. Inviting toasty notes on the nose lead to flavours of jammy blackberry, cherry and plum. Bourbon nuances of toasted vanilla, spice and a hint of caramel provide for a long, smooth finish. Don’t like Bourbon? Don’t worry. Your wine is not going to taste like whiskey. The Bourbon Barrel Oak Chips are there to elevate and enhance (NOT overpower) the amazing blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet.FOOD PAIRING: Keep it casual with gourmet burgers topped with roasted tomatoes, red peppers and caramelized onions or take it up a notch with well-marbled grilled rib steak and sautéed mushrooms.

STYLE: Bold Red        SWEETNESS: Dry        BODY: Full        OAK: Medium-Heavy        ALCOHOL: 14.5%*

PRICE: $225 On-Premise | $175.00 Take-Home

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.

Simply Irresistible – Island Mist Chocolate Orange

Island Mist Chocolate Orange is an irresistible new limited release presented to you by Just Fine Wine and Winexpert. Featuring the same light body and alcohol you love from Island Mist, with a smooth chocolaty twist.

Island Mist Chocolate Orange is an irresistible new limited release presented to you by Just Fine Wine and Winexpert. Featuring the same light body and alcohol you love from Island Mist, with a smooth chocolaty twist. Mmmmm, yum!

 

 

A classic sweet pairing of orange and chocolate all in one glass. Aromas of rich dark chocolate and tangy orange round out this balanced blend which is rich and flavourful with a smooth finish.

Limited Release Island Mist Chocolate Orange produces 23L (approximately thirty 750ml bottles) and is ready in just four weeks. Prices are $130 for batches made on-premise or $75 kit-only for the home vintner. Available at Just Fine Wine beginning August 22, 2018. Quantities will be very limited. You can contact us to pre-order yours today to ensure availability.

 

LE18 Wine Tasting – Get On the Guest List Today!

September 11, 2018

Join us at Just Fine Wine’s LE18 Wine Tasting, an informative and entertaining afternoon celebrating amazing wine & food.

What is LE18?

Every year, Winexpert produces a limited number of exclusive 8-week wine kits. There are three reds and two whites to choose from and the the varietals /styles change from year to year. These wine kits are released on a monthly basis beginning in January.  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. CLICK HERE for all the details about the LE18 collection.

What is Just Fine Wine’s LE18 Wine Tasting?

A challenge with LE wines is that they have to be pre-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 LE18 Wine Tasting, taking place 3pm to 5pm on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Wilson Centre in Port Coquitlam. Using ‘commercial equivalents’ (wines recommended by Winexpert and purchased from a licensed BCLDB retailer), you can get an exclusive sneak preview of the LE18’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 LE18’s will taste like, in advance of their production. Past attendees will attest that as good as some of this commercial wine is, the wine you will craft is always better…and far cheaper!

Just Fine Wine’s LE18 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 sample professionally prepared food pairings that are tailored specifically for each of the LE18 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 past six years we have had overwhelmingly positive feedback to our moderator and constant demand for his return. We agree so we keep bringing him back. We couldn’t be any more pleased to announce that the incomparable Tim Ellison will once again be at the helm, hosting the afternoon for the seventh year in a row. Director of Food & Beverage Service at the prestigious Vancouver Club, 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!

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.

A fantastic deal for only $15 person. Reserve your spot on the guest list today by contacting Just Fine Wine.

LE18 – CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

Delectably Delicious: Limited Release Après Dessert Wines

August 4, 2018

Beginning August 28th, Après Dessert Wine will be available in three scrumptious flavours, but only for a limited time – don’t miss out!

On August 22nd, Just Fine Wine and Winexpert are pleased to offer you two delicious, Limited Release Après Dessert Wines.

Originally released in 2007 and returning due to popular demand every year for over a decade, is Après Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Wine (Port). The second half of this year’s limited release duo is another fan favourite that is returning after a seven year hiatus, Après Peach Icewine.

Après Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Wine & Après Peach Icewine both take 8 weeks to produce 11.5L (approximately thirty 375ml bottles or fifteen 750ml bottles) of finished product. The Port is priced at $149 On-Premise ($253 for a double batch) or $104 Kit-Only and the Icewine is priced at $152 On-Premise ($259 for a double batch) or $107 Kit-Only. These two Après Dessert Wines are available at Just Fine Wine beginning August 22, 2018. You can pre-order through the shop to guarantee availability.

The timing is just right to have this wine ready for the Holidays. Bottles of these limited offerings are perfect giveaways for friends, family, and party hosts. They make for a classy gift to give to clients and customers. If you don’t want to give any full bottles away (we completely understand!) these dessert wines are excellent for sharing with friends, family, co-workers; and guests. Sip after dinner or informally around the fire or Christmas tree. Contact Just Fine Wine today to secure your’s today.

 

 

Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Wine

This multiple gold-award winning 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 on its own or with any dessert, or serve with toasted nuts or shortbread. Superb within a few months, this wine will age gorgeously.

Sweetness: Sweet   Body: Full   Oak: Medium   Alcohol by Volume: 17.5%

 

Peach Icewine

Winexpert’s Peach Icewine was first introduced in 2007 and made four appearances up until 2011. Lucky us, after seven years on the shelf, Peach Icewine is finally making its long awaited return this year. Warm notes of sweet and succulent baked peach with light honeyed undertones. This wine has also won gold on several occasions at the WineMaker Magazine Amateur winemaking competitions.

Sweetness: Sweet   Body: Full   Oak: None   Alcohol by Volume: 13%

 

* due to legislation enforcing that only wines produced in specific regions of Portugal may use the name “Port”, Winexpert now calls their product “Dessert Wine”.  Name change aside, one thing you can be sure of is the same great taste! The finished product is as delicious as ever.

 

UnBottled: Your Wine, Your Way.

July 11, 2018

Just Fine Wine is happy to announce that bag in box convenience is now available!

New UnBottled Options at Just Fine Wine

If you look around liquor and wine stores these days and you will likely notice that bag in box wines are taking over more and more shelf space. Although price/value has been and continues to be a major contributor to the popularity of the format, there is an ever-increasing presence of premium-brand bag in box wines.

We believe that our clients deserve the same convenient options for their craft winemaking but at a better price…and for a better product. We are happy to announce that the same bag in box convenience is now available at Just Fine Wine. We’ve done a bit of taste testing and are confident that we can offer superior wines while bettering liquor and wine store prices by nearly half!

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Bag in Bo Wine. Grab, Go, Enjoy!

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