One Very Good Reason to Begin Thinking About the Holidays Now…


Annoyed about the sudden appearance of Christmas decorations months before December (even before Halloween!)? We hear that. Do we really need to start thinking about icicle lights, gingerbread kits, and chocolate advent calenders in October? No, probably not.

But there are exceptions for things that require advance planning…

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What’s in a Name? Finding Your Favourites & Making Sense of Our “New” Wine Kits

Wine Kitz Italian Wines Names

If you’ve been into the store recently you might have noticed that some of our popular wine kits have new names. It’s not a Hallowe’en trick – it’s all part of the wine industry’s deep love of appellations d’origine contrôllée (AOC – roughly translated “controlled designation of origin”) that determine how a wine can be named and labelled, depending on where it’s made, and from which grapes.

If you’re wondering where your favourite Barolo, Chianti, or Valpolicella kits went, read on to learn where you can find them in-store, and why they changed… (They’re still there, just under different identities)

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Work in One of These Industries? Here’s Why You Should Be Making Your Own Wine


Why do we reach for a bottle of wine when we want to express our thanks, share our happiness, mark a special occasion or extend a figurative olive branch? Wine brings people together and it’s an almost universal symbol for hospitality, gratitude and friendship. It also makes the perfect gift – it’s crowd-pleasing, elegant, thoughtful and (if you do it right) extremely affordable.

If you’re in one of these industries, you probably give away your fair share of thank-you gifts to clients and for referrals. Did you know that you save a considerable amount of money (think 75%) on this business expense?

How much, exactly, could you save? We’re legally prohibited from advertising the price (something about competition with government agencies…), but you can find out for yourself here.

Even better? You don’t need to know a thing about winemaking. Seriously. We’ll walk you through every step of the process, and handle all the heavy-lifting.

Real Estate

A nice bottle of wine is the perfect housewarming gift to welcome new homeowners to their new address, or to celebrate a successful sale. Believe it or not, that bottle of wine, made in-store (with our help), could cost you less than the thank-you card you give it with.

Wedding Planning, Special Event & Venue Coordinating

If you’re involved in the wedding world, you’re probably very familiar with managing champagne tastes on a beer budget. We hear that! Sending your clients an elegant token of appreciation doesn’t have to cut into your margins – a bottle of award-winning wine can cost you less than a single catered appetizer, if you make it in-store.

Sales & Private Contracting

What’s more enjoyable, more elegant, more impressive and less expensive than a fancy pen? A bottle of award-winning wine to thank your clients and lead referrals. (Feel free to leave out the part where we helped you make it – that can be between us.)

Many of our customers are small business owners, sales representatives (car dealership owners and agents, etc.), private accountants, lawyers, hair stylists, salon and spa owners, private contractors… the list goes on!

We’ve got over a decade of experience helping individuals, couples, and business owners make wine for their everyday enjoyment, special events, and business needs – elegantly and affordably. If you’ve got 30min, you can make award-winning wine and save big over retail wine prices.

To learn more, send us an email or stop by the store – we’re confident you’ll be glad you did!

NEW Passport Series Limited Release Wine Kits

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Every year Passport SeriesTM takes us to new countries – from highly touted up-and-coming regions to age-old vineyards with long histories of excellence. It’s an adventure through some of the most prominent and well-respected wine growing regions around the world.From classic varietals to charismatic blends, this limited release wine series celebrates the unique, thrives on exploration, and  insists on excellence. Available for just a short time and by reservation only, the exclusive Passport SeriesTM takes you on a new, exhilarating journey every year, making this collection a highly sought-after one of a kind wine experience.

Every year an adventure; every bottle an expedition.
This is the road less traveled.
Where will your Passport take you?

NEW: Reserve your kits from the website – no need to call or email!
Click here to RSVP your kits.

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NEW Chocolate Cherry Pinot Noir (Limited Release)

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A luscious blend of juicy black cherry, rich dark chocolate, and subtle vanilla  flavours; from the alluring cocoa and ripe red fruit aromas to the gentle  chocolaty finish, you’ll savour every second. With the signature Niagara Mist easy-drinking, fruit-forward sweetness and light body, Chocolate Cherry Pinot Noir is just decadent enough to be a treat, but still light enough for every day.

NiagaraMistChocCherryBottleBody: Light
Oak: No
Sweetness: Sweet (6) – may be slightly adjusted to taste
%Alc./Vol.: 7%
Kit includes labels.

This kit is available only in limited quantities. Once it’s gone, it’s gone!
Kits will arrive instore beginning August 31st, 2015.
Call or email us today to reserve your kits.

Wednesday Wine 101: All About Corkage Fees

Despite the fact that it debuted over 10 years ago, it seems that Ontario’s Bring-Your-Own-Wine program remains woefully underutilized by most wine drinkers. That’s too bad, because in many cases BYOW could add up to substantial savings – especially for those who make their own wine.


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Doing Some Quick Math Could Save You Money

By law, brew-on-premise locations are not allowed to advertise the per-bottle price of the finished wine that you make (perhaps because it’s so tempting…). That’s why you’ll often see brew-on-premise vintners describing the price of their wine kits, or the “total cost to make wine in-store,” but seldom the price per bottle.

In other words, we are only permitted to give you the tools to allow you to draw your own conclusions.

With that in mind, here is the information you need to decide if making your own wine is right for you and your budget:

Wine Batch Pricing

If you need your own bottles, or you’d like to try one of our top-of-the-line kits, the cost will be slightly higher than what’s listed above (please feel free to email us for a quote, if that’s the case). But for most winemakers the infographic above should provide an accurate tool to determine the costs of making wine in-store.

Remember, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We’re so confident in our products that if you’re not pleased with the wine you make in-store with us, we’ll replace or refund your batch – no questions asked