Q: Can you help me bottle my wine if I am physically unable to do so?

A: Yes, but only once.  Under the terms of our liquor license, we are not permitted to give full assistance during the bottling process except in one circumstance: when the customer has indicated at bottling time that they are not physically able to complete the steps themselves.   We can then give assistance, but we’re required to tell you that you need to bring help on your next visit. The Liquor Control and Licencing Branch has this to say: “If the customer is physically incapable of safely performing some of the steps outlined below, you may provide greater assistance.  However, you must tell the customer to bring a friend, family member, or care giver to help on their next visit.” “The customer must wash and sterilize... »View More

Q: I’ve been to lots of places that give samples, why won’t you?  How do I know if I’ll like it?

A: Bottom line, we don’t give samples because it’s illegal. No U-Brew, U-Vin, or ferment-on-premise establishment in B.C. is allowed to give samples – so that should be the end of the story, right? Unfortunately, we still get asked this question so often, that it obviously needs further explanation. Here’s what the Liquor Licensing Branch of British Columbia has to say about Public Sampling: “Because [U-Vin operators] are not licensed liquor manufacturers, they may not provide samples of finished product to the public either within their establishment or elsewhere.” “The first offense of the No Consumption Contravention shall result in a 1-3 day suspension and a $1000-$3000 fine. Subsequent contraventions... »View More

Q: Have you won any awards or competitions?

A: YES!  In fact, in the past five years Conner’s Wine Cellar owners Calvin and Carole Quaite have won 71 medals in local, regional, national, and international amateur wine making and beer making competitions – more than almost any other U-Vin in British Columbia.  We take our beer and wine making extremely seriously, and believe that we must continuously put our product to the test if we want to maintain the loftily high quality that our customers have come to expect. – Chilliwack Progress readers voted Conner’s Wine Cellar “Chilliwack’s Best U-Vin” in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 A-List Reader’s Choice Awards! – Conner’s Wine Cellar was awarded RJS Craft Wine Making Academy... »View More

Q: How long does it take to make beer?  How long does it last?

A: Just 3 weeks! And unlike wine, beer doesn’t need to be aged – it goes into your bottles ice-cold, crystal clear, and ready to drink that day – you only have to wait as long as it takes you to get home. Of course, you probably won’t be consuming all 60 bottles the day you bottled it, but don’t worry – as long as you store it in a cool dark place, it will keep for up to six months. Just like high quality commercially crafted beer, we don’t add any preservatives – neither will last more than half a year, but seriously… that’s barely 2 bottles a week … we’re sure you’ll be back for more long before 6 months is up! Share »View More

Q: Where are you located?

A: We’re located at the corner of South Sumas and Unsworth Road, in the Legacy Pacific Industrial Park. Whether you’re heading west on South Sumas, or north on Unsworth via Kieth Wilson, you can’t miss us! If you’re coming from the Chilliwack side, you can follow Vedder Road south until you reach South Sumas, or better yet, take the new Evans Road overpass and follow Evans all the way south until you hit South Sumas, take a right, and we’re at the next intersection! We’re only minutes from Garrison Crossing, but refreshingly removed from the heavy traffic areas. We’re easy to access, and ALWAYS have plenty of parking available! Basic Google Maps Placemarks error: JavaScript and/or CSS files aren't... »View More

Q: How much work is involved in making wine at your store?

A: When you first visit our store to order your wine, you are legally required to pay for all ingredients prior to starting the manufacturing process.  You must also sign a declaration stating that you are using the product for personal use, and won’t be attempting to re-sell it.  You are then required to pitch the yeast into a fermentation vessel to begin the fermentation process.  Once you’ve chosen the type of wine you want, these steps will only take about 2 minutes of your time. Your second visit will be 4 to 8 weeks later, depending on the type of wine you purchased.  At this time you must sterilize your bottles, then fill and cork them.  You may also affix labels and shrink tops if you wish.  We always include these... »View More