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Pressing News
July 2004
Volume2, Issue 7
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Welcome to Pressing News, the monthly newsletter published by Fine Vine Wines, LLC, designed exclusively to assist the home vintner in the pursuit of their hobby!

THIS MONTH ON THE VINE!

WELCOME

I would like to thank each one of you for visiting our site. I hope it was an enjoyable experience and you were able to find everything for which you were looking. As I indicated on our web site, we started this business last year, so unlike big business, we are extremely flexible and nothing we have done so far is “etched in stone.” As a result, being an early user of our site and subscriber to our newsletter gives you the ability to influence the future of our site and our company!

We continue to add products and content to the web site; therefore, if you have any special requests, please let us know. We like to hear what you have to say about our site, our products and/or our customer service, good or bad. Please send your comments and/or suggestions to winemaster@finevinewines.com.

I want to extend my thanks again for making finevinewines.com your home for your wine making needs. It continues to be my hope that everytime you visit finevinewines.com you have an enjoyable experience and you find everything for which you are looking.

HELPFUL TIP (from a customer)

George, as we discussed, I think the following information may be of some help to your customers who are interested in topping their wine bottles with wax.  I gave it a try and it looks terrific - very professional and classy.

Here is what I learned.

  1. Boil some water in a pan that is at least 3" high.
  2. Place an 8 oz. plastic glass (heavy plastic or other durable container - one you will dedicate to the waxing process) in a pan of boiling water and fill with wax beads so it is 3/4th full.  Wait until the wax is fully melted.
  3. Make sure your corks are flush with the bottle tops (neither sticking out nor pushed in) - this is important to the finished product.
  4. Keep your stove top burner on to keep the water warm - no need to keep it boiling.
  5. Invert your bottle and immerse it in the melted wax to the desired level (a level that reaches the top of the wine in the bottle when upright is a good guage).  I dip the bottle twice before pulling it out.  This is a matter of preference (how thick a wax coating do you want) so I recommend trying a few different approaches to reach the one you prefer.  When re-dipping the bottle, I do not remove the entire bottle. Just pull it out about 1/2 way and re-dip to approximately the same depth as before.
  6. After 3-4 seconds, remove the bottle but keep it inverted while the wax drips off the end of the bottle.  As the wax flow diminishes to a slow drip (one drop at a time) but before it has stopped dripping completely, begin rotating the bottle upright by giving the bottle a slight clockwise roll.  This will help give a smooth finished look to the wax coating.
  7. You can set the bottle down immediately without worry that it will run down the sides of the bottle.  Depending on room temperature, it will only take a minute or two for the wax to be fully set.
  8. If there is a drop or two on the bottle you can sometimes simply remove it with a careful swipe of the finger.  If you have one that does not work out too well, simply remove the wax and save it until the next time you melt wax.
  9. You should keep the glass in the hot water filled to at least 1/2 full, so add wax beads as necessary.
  10. When you are finished, simply pour, scrape or otherwise remove the wax to a plastic bag for the next use.

Keith Wingad - Arkansas

If you have a tip you would like to share, send it to me at geocorn@finethevinewines.com. Not only, will I include it in the next newsletter, I will give you a $5.00 off coupon.

FEATURED ARTICLE - Carboy Handles and Better-Bottles

I currently have 15 carboys for my personal wine making needs and they all have carboy handles "permanently" attached. I used to have 16 carboys and 1 of them did not have a handle. I was using it for my Red Ice Wine I was making for Christmas presents. It was only a 3-gallon carboy, so I decided that it did not need a handle. (Can you see where I am going?) After stabilizing the wine, I racked it into this 3-gallon carboy and it overflowed. A problem that I have never encountered before. As a result, I did not have any room to add the issinglass, so I lifted the carboy to pour it back in the bucket. The carboy was wet from the overflow and just as I got it waste high, it slipped out of my hands and shattered on the floor! Thus, the end of my Red Ice Wine.

This is the second carboy I have broken. Fortunately, the first one was empty and all I lost was a carboy. The second time I was not quite so lucky. I make my wine in the same room as I store my wine kits and the wine got under the wood shelves. Consequently, my wife and I had to move over 150 wine kits off of the shelves and into another room so we could clean under the shelves. 2 hours into the clean up, my wife looked at me and said she had one request. I was afraid to ask what it was, but I knew I had better ask. Her request - "All carboys have handles!" Boy was I relieved. Now I have 15 carboys and 15 handles.

As an alternative, I have starting using the Better-Bottles. They are made from PET plastic and weigh about 1-1/2 pounds. the first time I picked one up, I dropped it because it was so light. I watched it bounce and then picked it back up. Because it is made from PET plastic, the acid in the wine will not eat the plastic; therefore, the result will be the same as using glass. Several of my customers have purchased the Better-Bottles and I have only heard good reports on the bottles themselves. (The ones with the racking outlet have not been as warmly received.) One of my customers has switched to the Better-Bottles completely. You can learn more about these plastic carboys at www.better-bottle.com.

The point of this story is that I guarantee that at some point in your wine making career, a carboy will try to slip out of your hands. If you don't want to lose a carboy and/or a batch of wine, attach a handle or start using Better-Bottles. You do not have to be as fanatical as me and put a handle on each carboy, as they can be moved from carboy to carboy as the need arises, but using a carboy handle or a better-bottle will save you some frustration and cost at some point in time!

---If you would like to offer your comments and/or suggestions, please send them to geocorn@finethevinewines.com.

NEW PRODUCTS

We have added a new equipment kit, #1002. It is exactly the same as the #1001, except we have replaced the 6-gallon glass carboy with a 6-gallon Better-Bottle.

JUNE SPECIAL

To help you keep from breaking YOUR carboys, this month we are offering the following specials:

Part Number
Image
Description
Regular Price
Current Price
Order
2708

71B-1122 5 grams

$0.77
$0.59
Order
2700

Bourgovin RC 212 5 grams

$0.77
$0.59
Order
2704

Cote des Blancs

$0.77
$0.59
Order
2707

EC-1118 5 grams

$0.77
$0.59
Order
2702

Flor Sherry

$0.77
$0.59
Order
2710

ICV D-47 5 grams

$0.77
$0.59
Order
2709

K1V-1116 5 grams

$0.77
$0.59
Order
2701

Montrachet

$0.77
$0.59
Order
2703

Pasteur Champagne

$0.77
$0.59
Order
2705

Pasteur Red

$0.77
$0.59
Order
2706

Premièr Cuvée

$0.77
$0.59
Order

Don't forget that when you are finished with your tutorial VHS tape or CD, you can return it for a credit of $19.95. Also, as soon as you register, you get a coupon good for 10% off all items, except starter kits. This coupon can be used immediately and it can be used in conjunction with any other discounts.

For those of you in the FVW Growers Club, all monthly specials are always in addition to your 5% permanent discount.

FORUM

Based on your feedback, I am in the process of adding a forum to the web site where you can post questions regarding wine making. I was not happy with the first forum software, so I am in the process of trying out a different one. I hope to have it up and running by the end of the month. When it is complete, I will send out an special e-mail to all of my subscribers and registered users.

CALL US!

If you have any questions about our products, our service and/or wine making, please call us. We are not Corporate America! We are here to serve you. I bring this up, because a number of my callers apologize for bothering me or using my toll-free line. You are definitely not bothering me and I have a toll-free line so you WILL call me.

Sometimes, I am unable to answer the phone. If you get the voice mail, please leave your name, number, brief message and a best time to call. I will return your call as soon as I can. By the way, the best time to reach me is weekdays between 4-10pm CST or all day Saturday and Sunday.

If you don't want to call, just send me an email. I usually answer my email daily. In addition, your emails and/or calls do not have to relate to wine. I will discuss any topic you like, so please remember, I am your resource and I am here for you.

FEATURED WINE

This month's featured wine is Pinot. Wheher you like Pinot Noit, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Chardonnay, if it has Pinot in the name and we carry it, it is on special this month. Below are the Pinot kits and their special prices:

Part Number
Image
Description

Brand

Regular Price
Current Price
Order
3174

Black Cherry Pinot Noir - WA

Wine Art $48.59
$48.59
Order
3273

Pinot Chardonnay - GC

Grand Cru $55.88
$55.88
Order
3255

Pinot Grigio - CSG

Cru Select Gold $71.50
$71.50
Order
3271

Pinot Grigio - GC

Grand Cru $48.51
$48.51
Order
3246

Pinot Grigio, Italian - CCH

Cellar Classic Harvest $91.75
$91.75
Order
3134

Pinot Noir - CC

Cellar Classic $83.38
$83.38
Order
3118

Pinot Noir* - VDV

Vino Del Vida $50.38
$50.38
Order
3183

South African Pinotage Cabernet - RQ

RJ Spagnols RQ $84.26
$84.26
Order

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PROGRAM

Please check out our FVW Growers Club. You can get all of the details on our website, but the bottom line is we want to buy your loyalty! Once you spend $1,000 with us, you get a 5% discount on everything you buy from us. Find out more on the website.

CUSTOMER REFFERAL PROGRAM

Effective March 1, 2004, we have a customer referral program that provides for additional discounts to registered users. We will give you a coupon worth 10% of the first order placed by any person that you refer to our web site. The stipulations are as follows:

  1. You must be a registered user of finevinewines.com,
  2. The person placing the order must register and provide your name in the appropriate field on the registration screen, and
  3. The discount is only good for future orders with finevinewines.com and is not redeemable for cash.

That's all you have to do to get another discount from finevinewines.com.

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

We appreciate all of your comments, whether good or bad. To demonstrate our commitment to outstanding customer service, I have created a web page with your feedback. As we receive emails that comment about our service, I will post them on this page.

WEB SITE UPDATES

You can keep up with the changes and/or additions at the web site by visiting the Updates Page. If you discover anything that does not work properly, please let me contact me.

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