April 2012 Newsletter

  • 5th Anniversary Open House – Thank you!
  • Automatic Corker + Two more Beer Kegs
  • April Specials
  • Cru Select RQ 2012 March Release- Australia Down Under, Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot
  • Orchard Breezin Limited Releases! Blood Orange and Apple Pomegranate
  • New Limited Release Lounge Products! Lemon Lime Margarita and Long Island Iced Tea
  • Back by Popular Demand and available this spring! En Primeur Australian Grenache Rose
  • Oak Barrel Aging Features
  • Good to the very Last Drop! Article: Using leftover wine
  • Wine Tasting, Dinner & Dance hosted by the Chilliwack Zymurgy Club!
  • NEW! Home Brewer Section

5th Anniversary Open House – Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us during our 5th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Open House! It was our most successful event to date!

A big congratulations to our prize draw winners of the Wine Cooler Fridge and the BBQ set!


Automatic Corker

Yes, you are reading correctly! We finally have an automatic corker! Now it is easier than ever to bottle your wine! For those of you who enjoyed using the manual corker (or enjoyed watching Calvin help you)… it is still here for you to use..otherwise I guess you’ll have to get your exersize elsewhere! (and so will Calvin)
We’ve also purchased two more carbonation kegs for our beer system, which doubles the capacity of beer we can produce in a week – another long overdue upgrade! 


April Specials

Cru Select Italian Chianti Riserva
Reg $124/kit Sale $109/kit
2007 and 2008 WineMaker International Award Winner
Oak 4 Body 3 Sweetness 0

Richer and fuller than traditional Italian Chianti, this robust red wine will be a proud addition to any winemaker’s cellar. Chianti is made with a base of the Sangiovese grape, which is best grown in a hot, dry climate such as Tuscany. The result is a dry, fruity red with medium to full body. This is a complex wine with spicy black and red cherry aroma and notes of chocolate. A fine young wine but time lends grace and subtlety to this masterpiece.

Grand Cru International California Syrah
Reg $92.50/kit Sale $79/kit
2007 WineMaker International Award Winner
With Winery Grape Skins
Oak 3 Body 4 Sweetness 0

Although it is a relative newcomer to the California vineyards, this remarkably smooth wine has gained quick popularity. Raspberries and peppery spice blend in harmony to create an elegant flavour. Full-bodied in character, the Shiraz GenuWine Winery Grape Skins and American and French oak blend to deliver soft, balanced tannins and a lingering, smooth finish.


Orchard Breezin’ Black Cherry Pinot Noir

Reg $69/kit  Sale $59/kit
2008 and 2009 WineMaker International Award Winner
Oak 0 Body 3 Sweetness 5++

This off -dry ruby red wine presents succulent flavours of fresh, ripe black cherries balanced by a subtly touch of tannins. Light and fruity this thirst quencher is a great addition to any summer festivity.

Orchard Breezin’ Banana Pineapple Viognier

Reg $69/kit  Sale $59/kit

A mouth watering blend, the fragrant Viognier combines with the tropical flavours of banana and pineapple to create a perfect patio thirst-quencher. The acidity of the pineapple, the butteryness of the banana and the aromatic Viognier form a well balanced and refreshing drink.

Orchard Breezin’  Kiwi Melon Pinot Grigio

Reg $69/kit  Sale $59/kit
2007, 2008 and 2009 WineMaker International and 2007 Best In Show – Winemaker International Award Winner
Oak 0 Body 3 Sweetness 5++

Indulge in the refreshing flavours of this thirst-quenching and delicious white wine. Light bodied and easy drinking, this wine captures the mouth watering flavours of freshly cut honeydew and juicy watermelon. Perfectly balanced with a hint of tartness from the kiwi fruit, this wine possesses a long fruity finish.

Cru Select RQ 2012 March Release- Australia Down Under, Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot

Cru Select RQ 2012 March Release is now available so act fast! Quantities are limited!

Down Under – Australia
Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot
Oak 3 Body 4 Sweetness 0

The unique red rich fruit flavours are topped with aromas of red currants and chockeberry with hints of sour cherry and cherry. Dried fruit notes are present in the nose and you can taste dried prunes or figs.

Includes GenuWine Dried Cabernet-Merlot Grape Skins


Orchard Breezin Limited Releases! Blood Orange and Apple Pomegranate

We are excited to announce two new limited releases to the Orchard Breezin family.
These light and refreshing fruit wines will make entertaining even easier!

Blood Orange $69/kit

This tangy and sweet red wine has a burst of citrus aromas. The Blood Orange’s unique flavour profile also adds a hint of raspberry to the wine.

Apple Pomegranate $69/kit

Apple Pomegranate combines the lightness of apple with the tartness of pomegranate producing a fresh fruit taste for this rose wine. Floral notes are also present in the nose.

New Limited Release Lounge Products! Lemon Lime Margarita and Long Island Iced Tea

We are proud to announce that Lounge products are now in the permanent line! The popular flavours of Cosmo, Mojito, and Pina Colada will be joined by two limited releases, Long Island Iced Tea, and Lemon Lime Margarita!
Lounge products produce 15, 750ml bottles for $74.50 (includes kit price, service fee, tax)

Lemon Lime Margarita

The soft tang of lemon is balanced by the tartness of lime and hints of triple sec.

Long Island Iced Tea

This flavour packed Long Island Iced Tea has notes of lemon, lime, tea, and a hint of rum.


Back by Popular Demand and available this spring!

En Primeur Australian Grenache Rose

Coming back this spring!

En Primeur Clare Valley Australian Grenache Rose $169/kit

This medium bodied Rosé is a wine sure to please! Beautifully aromatic, with notes of lively citrus, soft rose petals, and light spice. Make this wine your own, either crisp and dry or with a slight hint of sweetness from the sweetening blend. This coral coloured wine is fantastic on its own or paired with grilled tuna and salmon.


Oak Barrel Aging Features

April Oak Barrel Aging Feature:

Cru Select Italian Chianti Riserva $191

Price includes wine kit, service fee, 3 months Oak Barrel Aging, and taxes.

May Oak Barrel Aging Feature:

Cellar Classic Winery Series Italian Amarone $227 

Price includes wine kit, service fee, 3 months Oak Barrel Aging, and taxes.


Good to the very Last Drop! Article: Using leftover wine

Since it’s unlikely you’ll finish every bottle of wine you ever open, we have some recommendations for how you can put all that leftover wine to use; besides the best option, which is, of course, drinking it.

Using leftover Red Wine:

If the bottle has been open for less than 2 days. The wine is still perfect for poaching fruit. Especially fresh pears, if they’re in season.

Recently opened wine can also be used to marinate strawberries. Yummy on pancakes, flan, or vanilla ice cream!

Turn leftover wine into mulled red wine syrup you can drizzle over chocolate desserts, citrus fruits, and duck, or fold into Greek-style yogurt.

Add red wine to liven up your spaghetti sauce or beef stew!

Using leftover White Wine:

White wine is a great addition to recipies that call for seafood such a mussels, grilled fish, shrimp scampi or bouillabaisse.

Recipies for cream sauces, bechamel, or beurre blanc can also be improved with a splash of leftover white wine.

To make sure you never have to pour out leftover wine, purchase plastic bottle stoppers, a spray preserver, or a vacuum pump to reduce oxidization and keep your wine drinkable longer.


Taste the Best of BC!

Chilliwack Zymurgy Wine & Beer Making Club is hosting The British Columbia Amateur Winemaker’s Association Provicial Competition and invite you to experience BC’s Award Winning Wines!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012
Masonic Hall
45905 Hocking Ave. Chilliwack

Wine Tasting @ 6pm
Dinner @ 7pm
Awards @ 8pm
Dancing 9pm-1am
Silent Auction

Tickets: $50 per person
For more information & tickets call
Jack @ 604-792-5021


Home Brewer Section

Soda Quick Machines
Until recently, it has been quite a challenge for home brewers to make carbonated cider and cooler kits at home.  The only practical way to have off-dry, crystal clear, sparkling ciders and wine coolers was to make them on our premise, where we can filter then force carbonate.
But that has now changed, thanks to SodaQuick Machines!  For just $79, a SodaQuick machine lets you instantly carbonate a single bottle.
You can make unlimited fizzy water, healthier, cheaper homemade sodas, and you can carbonate your Vinoka cider and cooler kits!  The CO2 cylinder is refillable at several local establishments for just a few dollars (we’re working on a cylinder exchange program) and this durable little machine requires no electricity or batteries.  It’s amazing!

30 Malts + Liquid Malts
If you’ve been in our store in the last six months, it’s hard to miss the growing number of grain bins that we’ve been amassing in our hombrewer’s section.  We now carry 30 different malted barley and brewers grain varieties, which actually gives us one of the largest retail-level selections in the province!  We’re quickly becoming the place in the lower mainland for serious home brewers to get their beer ingredients.  To top that off, we’ve also finally brought in Light and Amber liquid malt extracts, which are great for beginning brewers that are a little intimidated by the mashing and sparging process.

New Liquid Yeasts
We now have about two dozen liquid yeast strains in-store, and have a revolving stock of at least as many more specialty strains as seasonal releases and custom requests come in.  These liquid yeasts allow the home brewer to make beers in many styles that are not possible with generic dry yeast packs.  While the $9.75 price tag for a liquid yeast strain might be a bit of a shock, the good news is that a yeast pack can be used for up to six generations – that means you can reserve a portion of the kreusen (the foamy head that forms during fermentation) in a flask, mason jar, test tube or petrie dish for up to two weeks in your fridge, then re-pitch it on your next batch (you may need to create a yeast starter solution, but that’s another topic).  alternatively, if you make the same beer style over and over, you can pour your next wort straight on to the lees from your previous batch.  Yeast may start to mutate after about six generations of inter-breeding, which is why it is recommended not to re-use yeast more than that many times.
If, like me, you’re serious about creating a “yeast bank” and getting maximum use out of every smack pack you open, you’ll be happy to know that we carry Erlermeyer Flasks, test tubes, petrie dishes, and all the equipment, sanitizing agents, and ingredients required to create yeast slants, starters and cultures.  I’m also more than happy to share my experiences, best practices, and procedures – so just ask!

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