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Pressing News
September 2004
Volume2, Issue 9
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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!

RETAIL STORE TO OPEN MID-SEPTEMBER!

Although we have had several setbacks, we are confident that our retail store will be ready by the end of September, if not sooner. It is located in a commercial area less than a mile from I-35 at the Belt Line Rd. exit in Carrollton, Texas. We will initially be open in the evenings and on weekends and we will extend the store hours as necessary.

The Grand Opening will, most likely, not occur until the last weekend of September or the first weekend in October, but as soon as a date is set, we will let you know. At the Grand Opening, we will have plenty of wine, cheese and crackers, as well as some Grand Opening Specials.

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

HELPFUL TIP (from a customer)

Hurricane warning!

During the last round of hurricanes, one of my customers filled her Better-Bottles with water before the hurricanes struck. She had plenty of water, even though they were without electricity for the better part of 3 days. The juice bags from your wine kits can also be used to store water for emergencies. If you have any other multi-purpose uses for any of your wine making equipment, please let me know and I will pass them on.

In addition, 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 - Which Yeast?

Now that the Country Wine season is in full swing and the grapes are starting to be harvested, it's time to pick your yeast. The following is a list of the different yeasts that I carry along with their significant characteristics.

Lavlin

  • Bourgovin RC 212 - Is only good up to 14% alcohol levels and is used in red varieties where full tannin and color stabilization are desired.
  • ICV/D-47 - A low alcohol yeast (15%) that prefers malolactic fermentation (ML). Used for high-quality white wines.
  • 7IB-1122 - Used for country (fruit) wines from concentrates. Works well for rose' and sweet white wines. Alcohol levels up to 18%.
  • KIV-1116 - High alcohol yeast (18%) which is good for restarting stuck fermentations and for low-nutrient musts.
  • EC-1118 - High alcohol yeast (18%) which is also good for restarting stuck fermentations and inhibits ML fermentation. Great for quick fermentation, white wines and sparkling wines.

Red Star

  • Pasteur Red - Good for full-bodied red wines like Cabernet. Brings out fruit flavors and aromas. 16% alcohol level.
  • Montrachet - Multi-purpose yeast good for fruit wines which helps to bring out the body and color. Downside is its low alcohol tolerance of 13%.
  • Cote des Blancs - Low alcohol yeast (12-14%) used in wines when a level of residual sugar is desired in the finished wine. Excellent for sparkling wines.
  • Pasteur Champagne - Another multi-purpose yeast with a moderate tolerance to alcohol (13-15%). Very good for restarting stuck fermentations.
  • Premier Cuvee - High alcohol tolerance (18%) that should not be used when ML fermentation is desired. Also used to restart stuck fermentations.

Jack Keller has an excellent page devoted to yeast at Strains of Wine Yeast,

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

NEW PRODUCTS

Due to the time demands of the retail store remodeling, I have not had time to bring in any new products, but for those of you that might have missed last month's new products, they are still listed below:

Part Number Image Description Current Price Order
0104
3-Gallon Better-Bottle (Non-Ported)
$17.99
0105
5-Gallon Better-Bottle (Non-Ported)
$19.99
0106
3-Gallon Better-Bottle (Ported)
$17.99
0107
5-Gallon Better-Bottle (Ported)
$19.99
2221
7/16" ID FDA Vinyl Tubing, per foot
$0.31
2609A
Bottle Brush
$2.42
6341A
French Oak Cubes (3oz.)
$7.90
6342A
French Oak Cubes (3oz.)
$7.90
6343A
French Oak Cubes (3oz.)
$7.90
6344A
American Oak Cubes (3oz.)
$4.20
6349A
American Oak Cubes (3oz.)
$4.20
6350A
American Oak Cubes (3oz.)
$4.20
6351A
Hungarian Oak Cubes (3oz.)
$5.70
6352A
Hungarian Oak Cubes (3oz.)
$5.70
6353A
Hungarian Oak Cubes (3oz.)
$5.70

FORUM

The Discussion Forum is now active. We are up to 48 registered users and over 300 posts. 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.

SEPTEMBER SPECIAL

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
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.

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 we are featuring 3 German wines - Piesporter, Niersteiner and Liebfraumilch:

Part Number
Image
Description

Brand

Regular Price
Current Price
Order
3223

Liebfraumilch - VDV

Vino Del Vida $44.88
$38.99
Order
3241

Niersteiner - VDV

Vino Del Vida $42.13
$35.99
Order
3226

Piesporter - CC

Cellar Classic $72.38
$61.99
Order
3224

Piesporter - VDV

Vino Del Vida $45.76
$38.99
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 contact me.

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