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Wine

Terminal City Brewing carries a broad selection of wines from all over the world.

From 4-week wine concentrates to pure juice, you can be assured of getting the finest wine you are looking for. Terminal City Brewing provides you with the best selection and materials, and our state-of-the-art equipment helps you make the best wine possible.

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WINE FOR WEDDINGS & FAMILY EVENTS

Planning a wedding? Family Reunion? Group Getaway?

We can help! We have discounts available on bottles and shrinks when ordering 3 or more 6-8 week wine kits. Check our Wedding & Event Package page for more details on our current offerings.

Choosing Your wine

Selecting the right wine is an individual taste and can sometimes be challenging. The 3 most talked-about wine traits are oak, body, and sweetness. While some wines can be light and fruity and are meant to be consumed young, others are heavy, lots of oak and tannins, and take time to “come around”. This is a term called esterification. It is the alcohol mixed in with all the unique ingredients that take time to soften up. Otherwise known as aging. Whites are generally consumed sooner than reds but reds usually have a longer shelf life. We can help you choose when you come in to start a batch.

Wines with a longer fermentation time will have a more complex flavour, but will take longer to reach peak perfection. White wines usually require less aging time, along with lighter reds. Heavier reds will take the longest to fully mature.

We recommend that 8 week wines be aged for a minimum of 6-8 months, flavours will continue to develop for some time after that. Many of our customers keep these top shelf wines in their home cellars for a year or more. If you plan to cellar for extended periods (more than 2 years), ask us about cork upgrades.

6 week wines will be at their best with 3-4 months in the bottle before consuming – 6+ months recommended for peak flavour with the heaviest reds. We feel that wines in this series are a great starting point for most customers.

4 week wines will develop quicker, while we would always recommend at least 2-3 months of aging time, many of our customers choose these products when looking for a quick turnaround. In particular our WineXpert Classic series yields a nice quality wine that will be enjoyable right after bottling while continuing to improve with time.

All wines are safe to drink immediately, but the most developed flavours will come after aging in a corked bottle.

Caring for your wine

Upon arriving home with your wine, please keep bottles upright for 10 to 14 days before storing on their side. Once turned, it is important to store wines in a dark, cool place.

Red wine is generally served at room temperature, and white wine (including Zinfandel) is generally served chilled. Wines are best when consumed within 5 years. However, 28-day kits are best consumed within 24 months. Red wines last longer than white wines.

 Consistent temperatures will give the best results – avoid sunlight! A wine rack in the back of a closet or cabinet is a great option. 

Wine Kits: A closer look

The less expensive kits have more concentrate in them, so more water is added to make 23 litres. As the price increases so does the amount of juice and quality along with the complexity of the flavour. Where the grapes/juice come from changes the cost structure too – our most basic kits are not location-specific, while our highest end 8 week kits are sole sourced from individual vineyards. Mid-tier wines will usually use a majority of their grapes from a specific region while our 4 week kits will be a blend of region-specific grapes with some more generic world-sourced grape blends generally from Chile or California.

The more expensive wines do need more time to age. Bottom line? The best wines cost the most and take the longest to reach peak maturity. If you plan to drink your wine right away, look at our 4-week WineXpert Classic Premium kits. Our 5 week Cru International kits will fall in between our 4 and 6 week kits in terms of maturity and timing though heavy reds will always appreciate more time in the bottle. 6 week Cru Select kits tend to demand more aging time than 6 week WineXpert Reserve wines. All kits (other than Ice wine and Dessert Wine styles) produce 23 litres or about 28-30 bottles.

Our staff can answer all of your questions about the brewing process. Please check our FAQ or Contact Us.

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Bottling OPtions

You can bring in your own wine bottles but they must be CLEAN. We have a free bottle sanitizer on site. According to BC Liquor regulations, you must remove or deface commercial wine labels from your bottles before you are permitted to fill them up with your own wine. 750 mL or 325mL clear or green bottles may be purchased on-site – see our Wine Bottling Options page for more information on current pricing.

We also have wine bags available for purchase – these are a great economical way to store wine for shorter periods of time. Wine will not go through its full aging process in bags as there’s no “breathing” through the cork like there would be in a corked glass bottle, but bags are very quick to fill and require little space to store. We have cardboard dispensing boxes available for purchase too! Wine bags may be reused, though they must be cleaned thoroughly immediately after emptying.

Since we have no control over your cleanliness we cannot guarantee product consistency when you bottle in your used bottles.

More information about our wine bottling options.

WINE BOTTLING OPTIONS

Our Wine Varietals

4 Week Wines

Heritage Estates 4-Week House Wines

Our most economical offerings. These 4-week wines are a great choice for craft winemakers who want a light, pleasant wine that is ready to drink right away. Heritage Estates wines are targeted at customers who are looking for a quick turnaround, are not interested in cellaring, and want the lowest price possible. Great for Sangria!

WineXpert Classic: Premium 4 Week

WineXpert Classic kits skillfully blend vintage-class varietal grape juices and concentrates. A noticeable step up from our basic 4-week wines, these kits have regional grapes and more developed flavors. White wines will be ready to drink relatively quickly while reds will appreciate cellaring for at least 6 weeks in the bottle. These wines are a great starting point for new customers.

5 Week Wines

Our 5-week wine kits provide a higher level of grape concentrate which delivers more complex flavours. These kits are more economical than our 6- or 8-week kits while still producing a quality wine that is ready to drink in a reasonably short time period.

Cru International 5 Week Wines

Cru International kits provide a great accompaniment to your daily meal, delivering international wine styles using the best ingredients. Most of the reds in this series include GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins to provide fuller aromas and flavours. White wines in this series will mature in a month or so while reds will be best consumed after at least 2-3 months in the bottle.

6 Week Wines

We carry two different vendors in our 6-week wine series. Cru Select wines are less tolerant of early consumption than our WineXpert Reserve products – if you plan to drink your wine a little early, we recommend our WineXpert Reserve line. Both are excellent wines with well-developed flavours suitable for cellaring. 

Cru Select 6 Week Ultra-Premium Wines

Cru Select travels the world to bring winemakers outstanding wines from leading vineyards. These six-week wines start with 12L of pure varietal juice and concentrates that will become a delightful dinner companion and a real treasure for wine enthusiasts looking to complete their wine cellars. White wines in this series will mature in a month or two while reds should be cellared for a minimum of 3-4 months in the bottle before consuming – 6+ months recommended. Cru Select wines are a little less tolerant of quick consumption – if you expect to drink these wines early we would suggest checking the WineXpert Reserve series instead.

WineXpert Reserve 6 Week Ultra-Premium Wines

Looking for a premium wine with exceptional body, flavour, and aroma? Winexpert ReserveTM brings you the tastes of the world’s most sought-after grape-growing countries.

Join the celebration and experience the satisfaction of crafting outstanding premium wines with a wow factor – from a supple, buttery Chardonnay to a confident, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon – the world is at your doorstep.

8 Week Wines

Our 8 week wine kits are specially crafted for those customers looking for the absolute highest quality and who have the patience to fully age their wine. These wines are not recommended for quick consumption – we recommend aging all 8 week wines for a minimum of 6 months with longer aging times giving the utmost in quality. These wines are intended to be cellared.
We carry two different vendors in our 8-week wine series, each with their own unique grape sources. En Primeur Winery Series are crafted for us by RJ Spagnols while our WineXpert Private Reserve series comes to us via Global Vintners.

 

En Primeur Winery Series: Premium 8 Week Wines

Our En Primeur red wines include GenuWine Winery Crushed or Dried Grape Skins, which provide deep colour, chey tannins, tantalizing flavours and complex aromas. En Primeur white wines include select yeast strains that enhance varietal characteristics during fermentation to bring out the best flavours and aromas.

WineXpert Private Reserve: Premium 8 Week Wines

Simply the best available – WineXpert brings true passion and winemaking expertise. Wines in this series are sole sourced from unique individual vineyards around the world, proudly showing the expert blending provided by Global Vintners’ in house experts. These premium craft wine-making kits provide superior ingredients and WineXpert’s unique proprietary process to ensure the best flavour, aroma and varietal character of any winemaking kit available. 

 

QUESTIONS?

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Mon: Closed
Tues - Thurs: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Fri: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sat/Sun: 10:00am - 5:00pm

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1616 Clark Dr.
Vancouver, BC
V5L 4Y2

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