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St Marys Wines
September 15, 2016 | By Chris Holman

RJS Academy Feature: St. Marys Wines

What is it that you look for when visiting one of our loyal RJS Craft Winemaking Academy Stores? Is it the friendly service, the knowledgeable owners, the large selection of wine styles, or maybe even just a clean and comfortable environment? While everyone might have a different answer to this question, none will deny that RJS Academy Stores are at .. Read More
Summer wine snack set. Glass of rose, meat, cheese, olives, honey, bread sticks, nuts, capers and berries with white ceramic board in center, blue wooden background, top view
September 1, 2016 | By Liane Gillies

The best of both worlds

Pinot Noir is a grape varietal that has risen to great prominence on the international wine stage in recent years, and is now treasured by winemakers and wine lovers across the world. In its native France, it is actually an ancient variety, which has been cultivated since the 4th century AD.  French winemakers still use it to make the prized reds of.. Read More
bottle tops in a wine cellar
August 18, 2016 | By Chris Holman

10 easy tips for producing cellar stable wines

Whether you are a seasoned craft winemaker or you’re trying your hand at it for the first time, your goal should always be to produce wines that reflect the grape varietal and wine style, and will remain stable once bottled. After all, when you are making 30 bottles at a time, you want to enjoy the last bottle opened just as much, or even more, tha.. Read More
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August 4, 2016 | By Chris Holman

Setting up your winemaking station

There is no better feeling than finally arriving home with your very first winemaking kit. Whether you are making a full bodied red wine or a sweet dessert wine, you will require the same equipment and need to set up your winemaking station the same way. The proper environment is very important to the winemaking process, and here are 5 key elements t.. Read More
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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