We’re having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that summer is almost over. Labor Day Weekend signifies the end of the season, with schools starting and temperatures cooling down. It’s most likely going to stay warm for a little while longer but the mornings and evenings will get a little chilly and before we know it, it’ll be fall.
Although we do say you can drink Rosé all year round (and we really mean that), it does taste best in the summer so get those last sips of your pink drink. This is the time to get the darker ones, the ones that may be a little bolder and more aggressive. Think of matching your wine to the colors of those last summer sunsets.
If you’re looking for something to take on your Labor Day beach vacation, try a Merlot. It’s not super heavy for a red but has a smoky, peppery quality that is great for an outdoor evening. For some reason, it definitely tastes better when consumed outside near sand and water.
We know it’s usually against the rules to chill your red wines but a cool Pinot Noir can be truly wonderful. Putting it on ice can take some of the edge out of those warming tannins which helps lighten it up, making it a perfect end of summer wine. A Pinot is a very adaptable wine so it can take the chill.
And if you’re trying to keep that summer feeling with a white wine, go for a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. It looks light in color but it’s not light in flavor. You get a powerful, aromatic punch with every sip, that will cure any summertime sadness. Check out the Chicken Taco recipe at the end of this newsletter as a pairing!
We Send best wishes on this Labour Day to our wonderful customers….. You are the motivational force behind us that encourages us to keep working harder, to provide you with the wine that you love to drink.
Janice & Jason
On The House™ all inclusive craft winemaking kits are easy to make and even easier to enjoy. Simple and straightforward, choose your favourite red, white or blush style and be proud of these easy-drinking everyday house wines.
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There's a reason the Winexpert Limited Edition™ collection is our most sought-after craft winemaking kit. Every year this exceptional series explores the world's most distinguished wine growing regions, offering unique and exciting wines from classic varietals to exceptional blends.
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HERE IS YOUR WINEXPERT LE22 COLLECTION:
A classic combination. Robust Cabernet Sauvignon provides structure and black fruit flavours while complementary Merlot softens Cab’s high tannin and acidity and adds juicy fruit and texture. The result is a beautiful blend showing aromas of black currant with hints of dried herb and toasted almond. The palate is stacked with layers of deep cherry, black fruit, baking spice and mocha. A concentrated and seamless blend with silky tannin.
AVAILABLE DEC 2022
A beautiful blend composed of the only three white wine grapes permitted to be grown in the Northern Rhone. It draws you in with inviting aromas of stone fruit, honeysuckle, and soft herbal notes. The palate is rich with expressive peach, apricot, and Meyer lemon flavours, just hinting at honeysuckle and brioche. This textured wine leans to the fuller side, but stays smooth and fresh with elegant balance.
AVAILABLE JAN 2023
Malbec leads the way providing structure and black fruit. Bonarda builds on juicy fruit flavours and softens tannin, while Syrah lends savoury spice character. This exciting blend shows black cherry and raspberry aromas infused with subtle clove spice, leading to an expressive palate of bright red fruit and ripe dark berry, backed by soft spice, vanilla and dark chocolate notes. Structured and zesty, with firm tannin and food-friendly acidity.
AVAILABLE FEB 2023
This unique duo creates a juicy and refreshing wine with a kiss of sweetness and loads of character. Alluring aromas of stone fruit and lychee precede a surge of juicy peach and bright citrus flavours. A second sip starts to open the palate revealing underlying flavours of lychee, cantaloupe, and light notes of ginger spice and lemon zest. A must-have for any white wine lover.
AVAILABLE MAR 2023
Aglianico is considered one of the three greatest Italian varietals, known to produce refined, complex wines with firm tannin. Its richness and structure make it popular for blending. In contrast, Barbera is popular for producing fruity wines with low tannin and high acidity. The combination of these two Italian varietals creates a balanced blend with big personality. Dominant flavours of black cherry, pepper spice, blackberry and plum are enhanced with licorice, dried herbs, and a light mineral note. This is a wine to sit back, sip, and savour.
AVAILABLE APR 2023
One of Italy's most prestigious red wines:
Bruno is a Brunello Style wine boasting bold cherry, plum and wild berry flavours layered with notes of dried herb, vanilla, tobacco and spice. Firm velvety tannin, well-balanced acidity and a long luscious finish.
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Our label maker is a great way to personalize your wines! Perfect for weddings, parties, special events and giveaways or just as a conversation piece! Inquire today!
Also, mark your calendar for DATES TO REMEMBER to have wine ready for week prior to Christmas:
9 WEEK Kits: Week of October 14
8 WEEK Kits: Week of October 21
6 WEEK Kits: Week of November 4
4 WEEK Kits: Week of November 18
Cheesy Homemade Soft Tacos
A homemade Taco-Tuesday buffet has never been so easy. These homemade soft chicken tacos with refried beans, cheddar cheese, and fresh veggies are so easy to pull together.
But they aren’t complete without one of our Chardonnays or Pinot Grigio wines!
8 Flour Tortillas
2 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded
1 pound Ground Meat: chicken, turkey, beef, pork, all work
1 small Onion minced
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper or Chili Powder
Fresh Tomato Relish
1 Roma Tomato chopped
1 Avocado chopped
1 fresh Jalapeno Pepper minced very small (optional)
1 small Shallot minced
1 half Cucumber peeled and cubed
2 tbsp fresh Cilantro minced
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 Lime juiced
1 can Pickled Jalapeno Slices (optional)
Salsa of your choice (optional)
Place the refried peans in a small sauce pan over low heat to warm up. Be careful not to burn. Keep on low heat while you make the rest of the fillings.
Mince the onion and add to a frying pan with the olive oil. Heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes on a gas stove.
Add in the ground meat and spices. Cook until no longer pink or raw.
Chop the tomato, cucumber, and avocado into bite-sized pieces. Mince the fresh cilantro and add. Mince the jalapeño if you choose to include it. Combine all together with lime juice and paprika. Toss to cover.
Hot Cheesy Tortillas
Preheat the oven to 250°F. Place the tortillas, flat, on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle each tortilla with some cheddar cheese in the center. Bake in the oven just until the tortilla is warm and the cheese has melted, about 5-7 minutes.
Serve, with refried beans and sliced jalapeños, buffet style and allow everyone to fill their cheesy tacos with fillings of their choice!