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1410 Dunn Dr., Carrollton, TX 75006
Pressing News
October 2004
Volume2, Issue 10

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!



Our retail store will open on October 9, 2004. The address is 1410 Dunn Dr., Carrollton, Texas. It is located in a commercial area less than a mile from I-35 at the Belt Line Rd. exit (443B). Our hours will be as follows:

  • Monday 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 6-9pm
  • Friday 6-9pm
  • Saturday 10am-6pm

Although we only have 400 square feet, we will be able to display all of our 400+ products, including over 100 different wine kits from RJ Spagnols and Winexpert. Not only will you be able to shop for all of your home wine making needs, we will also have equipment to rent.

Our Grand Opening is planned for the weekend of October 23rd and 24th, where we will have plenty of wine, cheese and crackers, as well as some Grand Opening Specials. Keep checking the web site for more details.



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 every time you visit finevinewines.com you have an enjoyable experience and you find everything for which you are looking.

QUOTE (from a customer)

"If God intended man to drink water he'd never give him an elbow to raise a wine glass!" - Ben Franklin

Contributed by Kim, Dallas, TX.

If you have a tip or a quote 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.


Chances are that at some time, you will have a batch of wine that will not start fermenting or just stops in the middle. It is not the end the world, or even the end of your wine. Just follow the simple steps listed below and you should have your wine fermenting within 24 hours:

  1. Clean and sanititize a container that will hold at least 24% of your wine, i.e., if you are making wine in a 6-gallon carboy, then you need a container that will hold 1-1/2 gallons.
  2. Clean and sanitize a measuring cup and a spoon. The measuring cup needs to be large enough to hold at least 1 cup of liquid.
  3. Fill the measuring cup with 1/2 cup of hot water (104°-109°) and stir in one packet of yeast.
  4. When the yeast mixture is bubbling, normally about 15 minutes, the fermentation has begun, add 1/2 cup of your wine to the fermenting mixture and stir.
  5. When the yeast mixture has starting bubbling again in another 15 minutes, pour the mixture into the large container that you sanitized in Step 1, add 1 cup of you wine and stir.
  6. Now that you have a fermenting mixture in your container, keep doubling the quantity every time the rapid fermentation appears (bubbling), until you have about 25% of your wine fermenting.
  7. Pour the 25% of you wine into the 75% remaining and the whole batch should start fermenting and your wine will be saved.

An excellent yeast for this procedure is the LavLin EC-1118. If you make much wine, you should always have an extra packet of this yeast in your refrigerator.

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


In keeping with our new slogan, "The Winemaker's Toy Store", we are going to feature a home wine making "toy" each month. We will not discuss any toy unless we have tried it and found it beneficial.

This month's toy is the "Buon Vino Automatic Auto Bottle Gravity Filler", #2688. We used it for the first time today and bottled over 180 bottles in 4 hours, a personal best. We broke our "Bottle Filler Fast Flow, 1/2" and decided to try the Buon Vino. Were we surprised? The difference between the two is like night and day.

The Buon Vino Filler has an automatic shut-off, like the Fast Flow, but it stops when the bottle is full. You can adjust the fill level to whatever you desire and no more topping off your bottles! Not only does it make the bottling process easier and faster, it also reduced the amount of mess and waste. For $28.99, it is a must have for anyone who makes more than 150 bottles per year. By the way, it gets the "Wife's Seal of Approval".

See this month's special for 16% off for this wonderful toy!


We have added an new distributor, LD Carlson, so look for lots of new products over the next several months. This month we will start with the new Winexpert kits we are stocking. These outstanding kits are made by the largest manufacturer of wine kits and are some of Winexpert's more popular kits.

Part Number
Current Price
Luna Rosa
Italian Pinot Grigio
Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel
White Merlot


The Discussion Forum is now active. We are up to 55 registered users and over 500 posts covering 70 topics. It is an excellent place to ask questions, exchange ideas and meet other home wine makers. The discussions have also led me to bring in additional products, as well as, dig through my books for some answers. In addition, there are several polls in which you can vote and see the results. You can also create your own poll.

If you haven't logged into the forum, try it sometime. I think you will find it most informative and enjoyable.


This month, we have placed all of our yeast on special at 25% off. Be sure to stock up, as it will keep for at least a year, if stored properly.

Part Number
Regular Price
Current Price

Buon Vino Automatic Auto Bottle Gravity Filler


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.


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.


This month we are featuring the Grande Vieux Chateau du Roi, known in France as the Chateauneuf du Pape. This is a wine that is a complex blend of varietals, the heartiest rich wine of the Spagnols' collection. It is extremely dark in color and tannic in flavor, with a hint of plum and excellent aging potential. It is one of our favorites. You can buy it this month for 15% off the regular price, in either the Cellar Classic or Vino del Vida style.

Part Number


Regular Price
Current Price

Vieux Chateau Du Roi

Vino del Vida
Grande Vieux Chat Du Roi
Cellar Classic


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.


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.


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.


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 contact me.


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