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Celebrate 30 years of winemaking, with Winexpert!

September 3, 2019

For Winexpert’s 30th anniversary, experience a fantastic variety of wines and regions on showcase. From twists on classics to thought-lost varietals, this Limited Edition season will be one for the history books- and for your cellar! CLICK TO PREORDER YOUR WINE ~~~THE WINES ~~~ Terremoto Tempranillo | Valencia, Spain  Releasing December 2019 The core varietal in …

For Winexpert’s 30th anniversary, experience a fantastic variety of wines and regions on showcase. From twists on classics to thought-lost varietals, this Limited Edition season will be one for the history books- and for your cellar!

CLICK TO PREORDER YOUR WINE

~~~THE WINES ~~~

Terremoto Tempranillo | Valencia, Spain  Releasing December 2019

The core varietal in Rioja wine, Tempranillo is medium-bodied with flavours of cherry, dried figs, tanned leather, and earthy spices. Perfect for sipping while enjoying spicy meats and honey & lemon-basted duck.


Pecorino Pinot Grigio | Abruzzo & Veneto, Italy  Releasing January 2020

Pinot Grigio’s reputation precedes it, with its bright citrus and mineral flavour, but it’s dance partner Pecorino is less known…thought extinct after the greatest epidemic the wine world has ever seen in the mid-20th century, it was rediscovered again in the 1980s, and has resurged to great acclaim. Together, they create a light, floral white that has acidity that can cut through rich mussels and match vinagrette-tossed salads!


Pacific Quartet RED | Pacific Rim  Releasing February 2020

Taking the most popular red varietals worldwide (California Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington Merlot, Australian Shiraz, and Chilean Malbec), Pacific Quartet Red is a celebration of what makes these wines, and the ancient art of blending, so great! Notes of rich blackberry, cherry, currant, and dark chocolate make this wine perfect for rosemary lamb, and aged cheeses.


Yolo White | Yolo County, California  Releasing March 2020

The trio of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Muscat gives this off-dry blend vibrant green apple, melon, and citrus flavours that ring with brilliant acidity. This makes the wine perfect for baked haddock and cod, as well as smelly cheeses like Stilton and Camembert.


Cape Blend with GRAPE SKINS | Worchester, South Africa  Releasing April 2020

South Africa’s signature varietal, Pinotage, is a truly unique grape, blended from the light-skinned Pinot Noir and the thick-skinned Cinsault (formerly named Hermitage). This gives the grape a fantastic smokey and floral aroma that is unlike anything else in the wine world. Blended in with Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz, this Cape Blend is dark, brooding, and will compliment the most complexly herbed meat dishes and the oldest cheeses.

CLICK TO PREORDER YOUR WINE

~~~THE PAIRINGS~~~

Manchego Stuffed Mini Peppers (paired with Terremoto Tempranillo)

Serve up a platter of tapas, with these delightful morsels as the centrepiece. Add some panchetta, salami, and olives for a classic spread to enjoy alongside the jewel-toned Tempranillo.


Lemon Garlic Shrimp & Farro Bowls (paired with Pecorino Pinot Grigio)

On a base of hearty farro, this recipe is both bright and filling. Pecorino Pinot Grigio cuts though the thicker meal making it much quicker to eat, which is just as well, as seconds are a must with this recipe.

Vegetarian? Cut out the shrimp entirely or subsitute with some neat vegan-friendly “shrimp“.


Caprese Flank Steak (paired with Pacific Quartet Red)

Grilled just the way you want it, and marinated with olive oil, herbs, and Worchester sauce, this flank will be as big a hit at garden BBQ parties as the Pacific Quartet Red will be!

Vegetarian? Marinate extra-firm tofu and grill to personal taste!


Salmon with Citrus Tarragon Butter (paired with Yolo White)

Serve this aromatic fish recipe with mixed steamed greens. The sweet perfume of the Tarragon butter pairs beautifully with this year’s Yolo White.

Vegetarian? Mix the butter into rice Pilaf for intensely flavoured rice!


Herbed Pulled Pork (paired with Cape Blend)

This brilliant pork recipe bursts with flavour, and can served with a red wine gravy and root vegetables, or in a bun “Sloppy Joe” style. The intensity of the food is only rivalled by the Cape Blend itself!

Vegetarian? Replicate the unique texture of the pork with jackfruit or lentils!

Limited Editions coming 2019!

September 19, 2018

A fantastic new trip around the world (for your palate)! We are proud to announce the five new wines available for this year’s limited edition series! Available for pre-order now! Click on a wine to see a short video on the wine:   Lodi, California If you enjoyed LE16 Cabernet Franc, you will find more to love …

A fantastic new trip around the world (for your palate)!

We are proud to announce the five new wines available for this year’s limited edition series! Available for pre-order now!

Click on a wine to see a short video on the wine:

Black Cab bar 300x113 - Limited Editions coming 2019!  Lodi, California

If you enjoyed LE16 Cabernet Franc, you will find more to love with Black Cab!

fume blanc bar 300x113 - Limited Editions coming 2019!  Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

If you enjoy our Eclipse Sauvignon Blanc, this new Fumé Blanc will surprise and excite you!

Corazon bar 300x113 - Limited Editions coming 2019!  Curicó Valley, Chile

If you enjoyed LE16 Milagro, Corazón is the perfect choice for you!

symphony bar 300x113 - Limited Editions coming 2019!  Sierra Foothills, California

If you enjoyed LE15 Gewürztraminer-Verdelho-Muscat, this new blend will be a clear winner!

Barbaresco Style bar 300x113 - Limited Editions coming 2019!  Piedmont, Italy

If you loved LE15 Barbera, cousin wine Barbaresco will make you fall in love all over again!

The Thirsty Vintner – Quality Wine at Affordable prices

LE17

September 26, 2017

LE17 Limited Edition Wines The 5 Limited Edition Wines Have been Selected and are available for Pre-Order So Reserve yours Today – See Video below for More details  

LE17 Limited Edition Wines

The 5 Limited Edition Wines Have been Selected and are available for Pre-Order

So Reserve yours Today – See Video below for More details

 

Easy, peezy, clean bottles

June 4, 2017

One of our biggest concerns in making sure our wines turn our well is actually the condition of the bottles being filled. If bottles are brand new, the sanitizing and rinsing before each batch is perfectly sufficient. But what happens after those lovely new bottles are opened and the contents enjoyed? If wine residue is …

One of our biggest concerns in making sure our wines turn our well is actually the condition of the bottles being filled. If bottles are brand new, the sanitizing and rinsing before each batch is perfectly sufficient. But what happens after those lovely new bottles are opened and the contents enjoyed?

If wine residue is left in the bottom of a bottle, mold can start to grow. When we get ready to re-fill these wine bottles, it can require a great deal of scrubbing and cleaning to clean out this residue. We do our best to screen each bottle as it is filled but this can be difficult, especially in dark green or brown bottles.

We offer a food-safe bleach for our customers, but there is a quick and easy 30 second process to make sure each bottle is ready to go for your next batch.

1) Immediately after finishing a wine, fill 1/3 with hot water, put your thumb over the opening, shake well, empty and rinse.

2) Repeat Step 1

3) Peel the label off, pull or cut the shrink top off and place the bottle neck down into your wine box.

Any moisture left will drain and eventually evaporate and dust and dirt cannot enter your clean bottle.

Your bottle is now ready for your next trip to The Thirsty Vintner.

Cheers

Oak Barrel Options

May 10, 2017

OAK Barrel Opportunities!   Here at the shop we have  lots of options for oak barrel ageing. For an extra cost of $30 / batch we can oak any red wines. Why Oak Barrel? The benefits of oak barrel aging is two parts; the slow introduction of oxygen into the wine and imparting the subtle …

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OAK Barrel Opportunities!

 

Here at the shop we have  lots of options for oak barrel ageing. For an extra cost of $30 / batch we can oak any red wines.

Why Oak Barrel?

The benefits of oak barrel aging is two parts; the slow introduction of oxygen into the wine and imparting the subtle flavours of the wood into the wine. Wine, as it rests in the barrel, goes through subtle chemical changes, resulting in greater complexity and a softening of the harsh tannins and flavours present at the end of fermentation.  Basically your harsh new wine becomes softer and more complex earlier with less aging.  (=drinking sooner!)

We do large batches in big barrels available seasonally, or  23L single batch barrels  available year round.

This summer we are offering;

Chilean Carmenere/Cab Sauv which is already SOLD OUT

Argentine Malbec which has 9 spots remaining.

We are taking suggestions for wines to barrel next Fall

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So far Australian Shiraz Viognier is in the lead however Australian Cab/Shiraz has taken a jump in votes since the photo was taken.

We are also willing to take other suggestions and add them to the list. Let us know what you would like to be drinking next year!

 

Always remember what’s better than a barrel of monkeys?

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well, the answer is nothing but wine is good too.