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July 21, 2016 | By Liane Gillies

Honing your wine senses: Taste

Most of us who enjoy wine are already familiar with the three steps in tasting wine: looking at the glass to see the wine’s colour and clarity, giving the wine a swirl before sniffing the glass to identify aromas, and then finally taking a sip (or often a gulp) to experience the wine’s flavours. But, when you take that first drink and swish the w.. Read More
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July 7, 2016 | By Eva Taylor

Perfectly pairing dinner with friends: Part 4

Time does fly these days. We started planning a progressive dinner party, including deciding on which RJS Craft Winemaking wines we would make, back in January.  First we planned the menu and selected the best wines to accompany the food; then we visited an RJS Craft Winemaking Academy store where we made our wines; six weeks later we returned to bo.. Read More
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June 23, 2016 | By Chris Holman

Sparkling reviews for sparkling wine

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce Callie McHarg from 100 Mile House, BC.  Callie, a self-taught winemaker, has been a dedicated RJS Craft Winemaking customer since 2009. Callie claims she learned everything she knows about winemaking from reading online articles, communicating with other local winemakers, and a lot of trial and error.  Oh yea.. Read More
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June 16, 2016 | By Liane Gillies

Wine tasting wisdom

The hardest part about making your own craft wine, at least at the beginning, is deciding which wine to make.  With over 40 different wine kit varieties available, how do you narrow it down to just one or two?  Whether you enjoy rich, full-flavoured wines, or you prefer lighter-tasting styles, may be the result of simple human biology. We are al.. Read More
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June 2, 2016 | By Chris Holman

How to conquer cork taint

Have you ever opened a bottle of wine that you thought would be outstanding, but after placing your nose into the glass you were shocked by the smell of a wet, moldy basement? This is never a pleasant experience for any wine drinker.  But it is even worse when the wine is one you made yourself, pouring time and energy into it.  Where does this unpl.. Read More