December 2010 Newsletter

Seasons Greetings from the Conner’s Wine Cellar family to yours!

  • December Featured Wine Kits
  • Holiday gift ideas
  • En Primeur Hightail Wine Kits available!
  • First 2 Restricted Quantity wine kits are now available! Italian Piazza and Spanish Torro
  • Cru Select Specialty kits still available
  • A new addition to our bottling station!
  • Store improvements!
  • A month of Accolades!
  • December Holiday Hours
  • Be sure to follow us on Facebook and twitter for exclusive specials!
  • Your wine is ready!
  • Wine Label Blow-out sale!

  • December Featured Wine Kits:

    Cru Select  French Merlot
    6-Week 16L Wine Kit
    $110/kit (reg $119)

    A full-bodied red wine with impressive aromas of farm fresh strawberries, violets and vanilla framed with soft silky tannins.  On the palate, it presents powerful notes of ripe raspberries, cherries and dark fruit.

    Red         Oak: 3     Body : 3-4      Sweetness : 0


    Cellar Classic Bella Bianco
    6-Week 15L Wine Kit
    $95/kit (reg $102)

    Extraordinarily rich, buttery aromas and flavours are balanced by lush tropical fruit and full oak character.

    White             Oak: 5    Body : 5     Sweetness : 0


    Grand Cru International California White Zinfandel
    5-Week 12L Wine Kit
    $79/kit (reg $89)

    This easy drinking blush wine offers fresh floral notes on the nose and the palate.  It is medium-bodied with pleasing berry flavours and a soft, off-dry finish.

    White             Oak: 0    Body : 2     Sweetness : 2

    Holiday Gift Ideas

    Having some trouble finding the perfect gift for your friend or loved one?

    Gift the gift of wine this Christmas by giving a Conner’s Wine Cellar Gift Certificate available in any amount!

    We also have many stocking stuffers available including –  hand made wine gift bags, pocket breathalyzers, corkscrews, bottle toppers, bottle holders, gift tags, Big Easy Bottle Brews…..

    Know someone who is interested in making their own wine at home but doesn’t know where to begin?
    Conner’s Wine Cellar has Home Brewing Equipment kits available for only $79!

    Equipment kit includes everything required to start your first batch (wine kit not included):

    – 46L Primary fermenter
    – 23L Plastic Carboy
    – Airlock and Bung
    – Siphon Rod, Hose, and Clamp
    – Floating Thermometer
    – Hydrometer and Test Jar
    – Wine Theif
    – 49cm spoon
    – Sulphite and Sanibrew powder


    2010 En Primeur Hightail program!!

    Its harvest time, and the RJ Spagnols team are hard at work to bring to you their 2010 EP Hightail program. Hightail’s unique process allows us to bring you vineyard fresh grapes that are picked, pressed and packaged within 48 hours.

    We are thrilled to announce we have confirmed varietals for our 2010 En Primeur Hightail program.

    The following Hightail wine kits are now available for a limited time!


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    The Niagara escarpment is located between two great lakes providing a similar climate to the Bordeaux region ideal for growing plump juicy Gewurztraminer grapes! A favorite amongst wine lovers, our Gewurztraminer has strong hints of lychee, spice and roses. It is aromatic, fruity and well balanced with an off-dry finish from the Süss-Reserve pack.

    Price: $169 / kit



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    Chardonnay from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia with its dry, hot summer days and cooler nights is exceptional. A vivid gold wine in the glass, the nose hints of pineapple, mango, and apple with sweet floral honey. A lively acidity and delicate French oak delivers a balanced, complex wine.

    Price: $169 / kit



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    Regarded as one of the world’s greatest wines, Rieslings are fast becoming a staple for Canada’s Okanagan Valley. Its ability to age gracefully and pair with almost any meal make this Riesling a must have favorite for every wine cellar. This medium bodied wine is dry in style, with abundant notes of apples, stone fruit and a touch of minerality. A perfect balance of fruit and acidity!

    Price: $169 / kit



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    One of the leading wine grape varieties in California, Zinfandel is gaining serious recognition in the wine world. With plantings across California, it is able to thrive in all its climatic regions. An essential for all New World wine connoisseurs, our Zinfandel has jammy fruit notes of blackberry and raspberry, balanced by a touch of anise and black pepper spice.

    Price: $175 / kit


    Cru Select 2011 Restricted Quantity Wine Kits!

    Each Year Cru Select offers winemakers outstanding wines from the world’s leading vineyards.  Discerning winemakers eagerly anticipate the Restircted Quantities announcement, so they can stock their wine cellars with these exceptional vintages.  These wines have become known as industry benchmarks of quality.

    We are excited to announce the 2011 line-up of restricted quantity wine kits! Sign up now for these mouth-watering wine kits and be the envy of all your wine making (or simply wine appreciating) friends!  You don’t want to miss out!

    Now available!

    ITALY PIAZZA            $119/kit
    Chardonnay Garganega

    Enjoy this full-bodied white wine, which receives its luscious mouthfeel from fermentationon raisins in a white amarone style experience.  Note tropical fruit, peach and a touch of minerality on the nose, which follows through to a palate with a hint of raisins and elderflower.

    Oak     0    Body    4    Sweetness    1


    Now available!

    SPAIN TORRO            $123/kit
    Tempranillo Grenache

    This wine has an intense red characterized by cigar box and dark fruit on the nose, finishing with dates, prunes and cherry on the palate.  Made in a Crianza style, toasted French oak completes the experience.  Ole!


    Release Date: February 2011

    CHILE TREK            $140/kit
    Malbec Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

    Opening with dark roasted notes of coffee and chocolate with a hint of blackberries, this wine balances the best of four classic varietals.  Fermentation on Cabernet Merlot Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins and French oak completes this monumental taste experience.

    Oak    2    Body    5    Sweetness    0


    Release Date: March 2011

    CALIFORNIA HANG TEN            $140/kit
    Syrah Zinfandel Barbera

    Intense fruit flavours of dried fruits such as dates are balanced by smooth chocolate and hints of vanilla.  Your experience is enhanced with fermentation on Hungarian oak cubes and Shiraz Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins.

    Oak    4    Body    5    Sweetness    0


    Release Date: April 2011

    ARGENTINA TANGO            $119/kit
    Pinot Grigio Chardonnay Torrontes

    A perfectly balanced expresison of style, notes of apricot and apple with a hint of spice dance on your palate.  Graced lightly with toasted oak, this wine has a dramatic flair that will have you and your partner reaching for another glass.

    Oak    2    Body    4    Sweetness    0


    Cru Specialty 2010 Limited Release Line up!

    There are still some Cru Select specialty kits available!

    It is predicted to be a very long cold winter this year…. picture yourself staying cozy by the fire with a glass of…….

    Orange Chocolate Port Style

    This rich specialty wine is an intricate mélange of lively flavours that tempt the nose and reward the palate. Rich aromas of dark chocolate are set gracefully against a frame of refreshing citrus and vanilla notes. The palate is endowed with a full-bodied experience and a finely balanced combination of delicious chocolate, hints of orange peel and a medium-sweet finish.
    Price: $109/kit

    White Chocolate White Port Style

    The senses are awakened by this thick, honey coloured wine and it’s rich, fruity nose. Hints of toasted hazelnut and vanilla are balanced perfectly by velvety smooth white chocolate. Irresistibly sweet on it’s own, serve chilled as an after dinner indulgence or try it half and half with tonic water and a slice of lemon over ice as a refreshing cocktail. Especially delicious paired with dark chocolate, hazelnuts or salted cashews.
    Price: $109/kit

    Apple Tatin White Port

    This decadent white port will have you reminiscing of freshly baked apple pie. Its bouquet is filled with warm flavours of tart apples perfectly balanced with rich, sweet toffee. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar complete the experience in this soon to become holiday tradition. This port is extraordinary on its own but will make the perfect addition to your favourite apple martini recipe.
    Price: $109/kit

    Riesling Ice Wine Style

    A must for every wine cellar, Icewine is the perfect end to any meal and a great addition to your favourite cocktails. Riesling’s acidity adds the perfect balance to the intense sweetness. Sinfully delicious with intense apricots, apples and pears on the nose, following through to tempting flavours of honey and lychee that linger on the palate. The perfect finish to any meal, pair this nectar with strong cheeses, custard desserts or foie gras.
    Price: $109/kit

    Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Style

    Its glistening ruby red colour will catch your eye while its nose promises a mouth watering experience. Your palate will be overcome with flavours of sweet and tart red berries and apricots. A lingering honey finish will have you craving more. The rich berry flavours will pair perfectly with chocolate covered strawberries or your favourite dark chocolate dessert.
    Price: $109/kit


    Conner’s Wine Cellar Store Improvements are complete

    We have recently given our store a little facelift with some painting, merchandising, and artwork, so come check it out and let us know what you think!

    A new addition to our bottling station!

    We are always looking for ways to make our customer bottling experience as seamless as possible, so we have recently added a 12 bottle washer to our bottling station!

    A Month of Accolades!

    Conner’s Wine Cellar recently awarded RJS Academy Membership!

    Conner’s Wine Cellar is proud to announce that we’ve just been awarded exclusive membership in the “RJS Academy”!  The RJSpagnols Academy membership is designated in recognition of “consistently high standards of quality and service in the consumer-made winemaking industry”. We are very excited about this top honour!

    Chilliwack’s A-List U-Vin 2010!

    Chilliwack Progress readers recently voted Conner’s Wine Cellar as the 2010 A-List “Best U-Vin” in Chilliwack!
    We are extremely honoured by this vote of confidence, and wish to extend a sincere Thank-You to all of our customers, friends, and Progress readers that helped to make this accolade a reality. Thank You! We look forward to many more years of providing Chilliwack’s finest craft wines and winemaking supplies!

    Wine Maker Magazine’s Top 100 kits of 2010!

    Wine Maker Magazine just published a list of top-100 wine kits of 2010, as ranked by their scoring in the 2010 Wine Maker International Amateur Wine Competition.   We are very pleased to see that we received 5 medals for kits that made the top-100, including our Gold medal winning Cabernet Franc Ice Wine, which scored us enough points to be ranked the #9 kit in the world this year!
    This just confirms to us that we’re doing something right!

    December Holiday Hours

    Please note that we will be closed at between Christmas and New Years.

    Our last day of operations in 2010 will be December 24th closing at 2:00pm.
    We will be re-opening January 3rd.

    Happy Holidays!


    Follow us on Facebook and twitter for exclusive specials and a chance to win a $50 credit!

    Be sure to follow us on facebook and twitter, and check back often for spot specials exclusively for facebook and twitter subscribers!

    We are also running a contest for the next 90 days, starting December 1st,  where everyone that  “likes” our Facebook group will be entered into a draw for a $50 in-store credit to be applied against your next wine kit purchase.


    Your Wine is Ready!

    Prefer to be notified  via email, text message, or tweet, instead of the telephone when your wine is ready for bottling? Just let us know! We would be happy to customize our form of contact to suit your lifestyle!

    Wine Label Blow-out Sale!

    We are blowing out our stock of discontinued labels at over 90% off! That’s just 25 cents a pack! Over 100 to choose from.  Perfect time for the home wine maker to stock up! While supplies last!

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