Newfoundland's Craft Wine Making Experts
Helping You Make Great Wine
We've Been Doing it Since 1993. With That Much Experience You Can Trust Our Advice.
The most important lesson we have learned over those years is that there is no substitution for quality. That's why all the wine making kits we carry are from the two major manufacturers — RJ Spagnols and Winexpert. If you use quality ingredients you get quality wine. Choose a wine kit from one of these manufacturers and our advice and guidance will help you make it great!
It's Time For Something Spéciale
The Winexpert & RJ Spagnols Specialty Wine Kits Have Arrived! These delicious and versatile dessert wines are a seasonal favourite but they're only here for a limited time so don't delay!
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Please visit our Clickabrew shopping site where you will find supplies for all your winemaking needs.
Don't forget to visit our recipes section for a list of tested and proven fruit wine recipes.
Meet Our Wine Gal
"Hello! I'm Bernadette and I have been making wine since 1992."
Bernadette is Brewery Lane's in-house wine making expert. Bernadette is very knowledgeable on this subject and can answer your toughest wine making questions. She enjoys good wine and is always ready to talk about wine and wine making.
She also tinkers with brewing and prefers to make exotic beer styles that contain fruits and spices.
Bernadette's friendly, easy-going manner combined with sincerity and a sense of humour makes her very popular with our customers.
Wine and Your Health
There have been several stories in the media proclaiming the many benefits of moderate wine consumption. Several studies have given credibility to these claims. Now you can make your wine knowing that not only is it a great hobby, but there may be health benefits in drinking it too.
Grand Cru Italian Primitivo
Puglia is Italy’s southeastern most region which spans the country’s long stiletto “heel”. This is where you would find what is considered to be one of Puglia’s hottest varietals: Primitivo.
The name of this grape comes from the latin word Primitivus which translates as precocious. It was given this name because of it’s tendency to ripen earlier than most other wine grapes. DNA testing has proved this grape to be a close relative of the popular Zinfandel varietal. Primitivo has experienced a 65% growth as a fi nished table wine in 2006 and is impressing critics worldwide. Now you too can experience making it yourself with the New Grand Cru International Series Italian Primitivo
Wine and Cheese
Wine and cheese, cheese and wine; seems like a match made in heaven, but this can be one of the most complex matches between food and wine. Let's try to explain and make this as easy as possible.
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Choosing The Right Wine Glass
Nowadays it seems wine glass manufacturers produce a different wine glass for every type of wine there is. Is this just marketing at work, or does it really make a difference which type of glass you use with a certain wine? The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
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Wine and Food Matching Principles
- Match your wine to the strongest flavour on the plate.
- Balance the weight of the wine to the weight of the food. A full flavoured meal needs a full-bodied wine; a lighter dish requires a lighter wine.
- Fatty, greasy or rich dishes need a dry wine with good acidity to clean the palate.
- Salty dishes need a slightly sweet wine with full fruit flavours, moderate acidity, lower alcohol and no tannins.
- Hot, spicy dishes require refreshing acidity, lower alcohol and fruity wines with a touch of sweetness.
- Cream sauces and butter require wines of good fruit and matching creamy style or contrasting acidity to cleanse the palate.
- The dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert.
- Rare meats need young tannic reds and well-done meats need older or fruity reds with little or no tannins.
- Foods high in acidity are complemented by wines high in acidity.