February 2011 Newsletter

  • February Wine Kit Features
  • 4th Anniversary Open House: Saturday, February 26
  • Cru Orchard Breezin’ Mist Spring Releases and Recipies!
  • Cru Select 2011 Restricted Quantity Wine Kits: First 3 now available!
  • RJ Spagnols RQ Online Initiatives! Enter to win a Wine & Culinary Adventure in Chile & Argentina & $1000 cash!!!
  • New Year’s Resolutions

February Wine Kit Features

Cru Select New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
6-Week 16L Wine Kit

$106/kit (reg $115)

Crisp and light, with intense flavours of grapefruit peel and freshly cut grass and an accent of light oak on the finish. The wine presents soft hues, with a slight tinge of green.

White Oak: 1 Body : 3 Sweetness : 0

Cru Select Australian Cabernet Shiraz Merlot
6-Week 16L Wine Kit

$110/kit (reg $119)

The spicy flavour of Cabernet, sweet berry fruit of Shiraz and softening effects of Merlot result in a hearty, tightly structured and well-balanced wine. Aromas of leather and black pepper give way to intense jammy flavours of blackberries and ends with an elegant finish.

Red Oak: 5 Body : 5 Sweetness : 0

Grand Cru International Chilean Malbec
5-Week 12L Wine Kit

$80/kit (reg $89)

Complimented by warm spice notes, Malbec boasts aromas and flavours of ripe blackberry and black currant. A deep rustic red wine with intense cherry flavours and blended oak untertones.

Red Oak: 4 Body : 4 Sweetness : 0

4th Anniversary Open House is Saturday, February 26th!

We are coming up to our 4th anniversary here at Conner’s Wine Cellar and as a Thank You to all our customers, we will be putting on our yearly Anniversary Open House & Customer Appreciation Day celebration!

If you have been to one or more of our Open House’s in the last 3 years then you know that this is an event you do not want to miss!

Open House & Customer Appreciation Day
Saturday, February 26

  • Over 80 prizes to give away!
  • Appetizers & Refreshments!
  • 10%-25% off selected in-stock wine kits
  • Every purchase wins a prize!

PLUS enter to win additional prizes including –

  • free service fees!
  • gift certificates!
  • Grand Prize : 15 Bottle Wine Cooler Fridge!

We hope to see you there!

Cru Orchard Breezin’ Mist Spring Releases and Drink Recipies!

The cold weather has us dreaming of the summer that is just around the corner! Begin preparing for all your  summer entertaining with our 2 fresh new releases from Cru Orchard Breezin’ Mist:  Pear-licious and limited release Superfruit Luscious Lychee Green Tea.  Both are absolutely delicious and promise to refresh when the temperature begins to rise.

Pear-licious will have you reminiscing of biting into a ripe juicy pear. The sweet and juicy flavours of ripe pear  are balanced off with a hint of acidity to create a refreshing fruit mist wine, bringing the autumn orchard to  your wine glass. Pear-licious is offered as a permanent addition to our Cru Orchard Breezin’ Mist family.

Superfruit Luscious Lychee Green Tea:
Lychee is a tropical fruit high in anti-oxidants. Combined with green tea, rich in polyphenols and powerful  anti-oxidants, this delicious wine is a surefire winner! Enjoy sweet lychee aromas and flavours with subtle green tea notes in the background of this refreshing mist wine.

Luscious Lychee Green Tea in the Superfruit line is available while quantities last. Avoid disappointment  and order your kits early!

While entertaining this summer, mix up your Cru Orchard Breezin’ Mist wines by turning them into cocktails.
Their unique, sweet flavour is the perfect addition to your favourite cocktails. Be creative whenexperimenting,  but if you need some ideas below are some tested and true recipes for you to impress your friends.


Iced Lychee Green Tea
8 cups water
8 green tea bags
1 bunch fresh mint
1 Bottle Luscious Lychee Green Tea
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
Sugar to taste (if desired)

For the tea:
• Place water in a medium pot and bring to a simmer over high heat. Remove from heat, add tea bags and
mint, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes.
• Once tea has steeped, discard tea bags, add Luscious Lychee Green Tea (and additional sugar if
desired) stir. Let tea cool to room temperature, then place in the refrigerator to cool completely, about 2 hours.

To serve:
Once tea is cold, remove mint and stir in lime juice. Taste and adjust with more lime juice or sugar as
desired. Serve over ice with a lychee fruit or a wedge of lime.

Pear-licious Sunset
1.5oz Cru Orchard Breezin’ Mist Pear-licious
0.5oz Vodka
1oz Pomegranate Juice
.25oz FreshLime Juice
.25oz Simple Syrup
(may be able to omit)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients. Shake well. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a
slice of lime.

Cru Select 2011 Restricted Quantity Wine Kits: First 3 now available!

Now available!

ITALY PIAZZA                    $119/kit
Chardonnay Garganega

Enjoy this full-bodied white wine, which receives its luscious mouthfeel from fermentation on 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!

Now available!
CHILE TREK              $140/kit
Malbec Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Thoughts of Chile take you to the awe inspiring Andes and the culture that surrounds them. Trek embodies the Chilean lifestyle of living within the mountains with a down to earth philosophy in a multitude of different microclimates and geographies. 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

RJ Spagnols RQ Online Initiatives!

Enter to win a Wine & Culinary Adventure in Chile & Argentina & $1000 cash!!!

RJ Spagnols is thrilled to have launched their new RQ website, http://rqcruselectwine.com, to promote

the program and spread the word about their fabulous offerings! You can now find RJ Spagnols on

facebook and twitter.

RJ Spagnols is offering an exciting contest with an amazing prize!

In conjunction with Gap Adventures, they are running a contest featuring a grand prize of a culinary food

and wine adventure through Chile and Argentina. This 10 day, 9 night adventure will have you tour

vineyards near Santiago, sampling wines and taking a cooking class in Mendoza, visit a Planeterra

culinary training project, and will allow you to savour Buenos Aires sophistication.

To enter, visit rqcruselectwine.com and become a fan of RJ Spagnols on their facebook fan page.

(search RQ Cru Select Wine).

New Years Resolutions

If your new years resolution is saving money, staying healthy, or just being good to yourself, visiting Conner’s Wine Cellar is a good place to start!

Save Money!

Making your wine at Conner’s Wine Cellar saves you bundles of money in comparison to commercial made wine.

Stay Healthy!

Check out some of the most recent studies that boast the health benefits of wine:

Overall Health Benefits:

• Anti-aging effects in red grape skins (Harvard Medical School in Boston, 2004)

Lung Health Benefits:

• Improved lung function from antioxidants in white wine (American Thoracic Society, 2002)

Heart Health Benefits:

• Coronary heart disease reduced (University of California, Davis, 1995)

• Healthier blood vessels in elderly (University of Ferrara in Italy, 2004)

Ulcer Prevention:

• Ulcer-causing bacteria reduced (American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2003)

Cancer Prevention:

• Cancer cells killed by protein in red grape skins (University of Virginia Health System, 2004)

Stroke Prevention:

• Arteries kept clean by polyphenols in red grape skins (William Harvey Research Institute, 2002)

Women’s Health Benefits:

• Decreased ovarian cancer risk (The Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia, 2004)

• Stronger bones (Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology Unit, St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, 2004)

• Lower risk of stroke (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001)

Men’s Health Benefits:

• Lower risk of heart attack for men with high blood pressure (Worcester Medical Center in Massachusetts, 2004)

So “What’s the catch?” you ask. Well, the catch is simple moderation. Most of these studies promote drinking in moderation in order to achieve the blissful health benefits of wine drinking.

And what’s moderation? Well, moderation is defined as a glass or two each day, and no, you can’t save them up all week and drink all of them on the weekend.

In fact, too much wine per day or per week can lead to negative health effects in many cases and rather than prevent disease, you’ll actually up your odds of acquiring such diseases.

Isn’t it great when you discover that something you enjoy could actually lead to better health? I guess this must be how vegetable lovers feel about eating.

In any case, now you can sip your favorite glass of wine with ease and even fervor tonight. After all, the health benefits of wine speak for themselves.

Be good to yourself!

Always try to take some time out for yourself each day….

Have a nice relaxing visit with friends… find some time to do the things that make you happiest even if just for a moment….eat healthy….get lots of fresh air and exercise…. and perhaps find some time at the end of the day to put your feet up and enjoy a glass (or two) of Conner’s Wine Cellar made wine!

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