June/July 2012 Newsletter

  • June, July & August Specials
  • Oak Barrel Aging Features
  • Screw Top Wine Bottles Now Available!
  • WineMaker International Wine Making Competition Results Announced!
  • The new hit for Summer! Orchard Breezin Lounge!
  • Cru Select Specialty Holiday Release Coming Soon!
  • Article: 15 Rules for Great Wine and Food Pairings By Ray Isle

June Features:

En Primeur Australian Sauvignon Blanc

18L, 8-weel White wine kit

Reg $169/kit Sale $159/kit

Oak 0 Body 4 Sweetness 0

Waihopai Valley Marlborough is the Sauvignon Blanc capital of the world.
Sourced from this prestigious viticultural region, comes this popular full
bodied white wine of intricate complexity. It displays tantalizing aromas of
tropical fruits and honey against a backdrop of bold citrus notes and a touch of minerality.

 

Cellar Classic Winery Series French Grenache Syrah

18L, 6-week Red wine kit

Reg $149/kit Sale $139/kit

Oak 4 Body 4 Sweetness 0

Two of France’s dominant grapes are gracefully blended together to create a bold wine with a nose
brimming with spicy black pepper notes, dried dark fruit, earth and a hint of tobacco. Fermented on
Syrah Winery Grape Skins and French oak, this wine is sure to impress with its elegant finish.

 

Cru Select German Riesling Traminer

16L, 6-week White wine kit

Reg $118/kit Sale $108/kit

Oak 0 Body 3 Sweetness 0

Two famous German wines blended into one kit! The fresh, crisp Riesling combined with the exotic
spiciness of Gewürztraminer makes a round and well-balanced wine.  Riesling-Traminer is a dry, full
wine with aromas of peach, apricot and nutmeg

 

July Features:

En Primeur German Riesling Gewurztraminer

18L, 8-week White wine kit

Reg $169/kit   Sale $159/kit

Oak 1 Body 3 Sweetness 1-2

Two of Germany’s most iconic varietals are combined to produce an exceptional wine. This Riesling Gewurztraminer blend offers apples, spice and a hint of minerals enticing the nose. Slightly off dry with perfectly balanced acidity, flavours of citrus, floral and honey linger gracefully on the palate.


Cru Select Italian Pinot Grigio

16L, 6-week White wine kit

Reg $118/kit   Sale $108/kit

2008 WineMaker International Award Winner

Oak 0 Body 2 Sweetness 0

Exquisite balance of citrus fruit and acidity is the foundation for this ever popular Italian white wine.  The bouquet reveals bright citrus and green apple aromas with honeydew tones. The balanced acidity gives it a great refreshing and crisp quality, with a touch of light spice.  Medium to full bodied, it makes a great pre-dinner sipper or a refreshing wine on a hot afternoon.  A perfect wine to enjoy with cedar plank grilled salmon, steamed mussels or chicken florentine.


Cru Select French Merlot

16L, 6-week Red wine kit

Reg $124/kit   Sale $114/kit

2007 and 2008 WineMaker International Award Winner

Oak 3 Body 3-4 Sweetness 0

This Merlot is 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, cradled by notes of cherries and dark fruit to complete the graceful tasting experience.


Grand Cru International German Piesporter

12L, 5-week White wine kit

Reg $89/kit   Sale $79/kit

Oak 0 Body 3 Sweetness 2

Off dry and extremely aromatic, this easy drinking German classic is packed with a nose of honey and fresh roses. The palate is soft and fruity, offering medium acidic notes with traces of peaches and tropical fruit.

August Features:

En Primeur Chilean Carmenere

18L, 8-week Red wine kit

Reg $175/kit   Sale $165/kit

2007, 2008 and 2009 WineMaker International Award Winner
With Winery Grape Skins

Oak 2 Body 4 Sweetness 0

Our Chilean Carmenère, fermented on Merlot Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins offers liberal flavours of fresh blackberries, plums and violet notes. Full-bodied, this exquisite wine treats the palate to the richness of French toasted oak with smooth silky tannins and succulent dark fruits. An excellent balance between freshness, fruit and structure gives an ample and impressively persistent finish.

 

Cellar Classic Winery Series Italian Valpolicella

18L, 6-week Red wine kit

Reg $149/kit   Sale $139/kit

2007 and 2008 WineMaker International Award Winner
With Winery Grape Skins

Oak 3 Body 3 Sweetness 0

Elegance and style come together to build this wine of true character. It boasts of a fruit forward nose distinguished by aromas of raisins, dark cherries and toasted oak. Drawing inspiration from the Primitivo Winery Grape Skins, it showcases firm tannins on the palate embraced by concentrated notes of sweet chocolate and prunes. The finish is dramatic, peppered with layers of dark fruit and aggressive oak.


Cellar Classic Winery Series Rosso Grande Eccellente

18L, 6-week Red wine kit

Reg $149/kit   Sale $139/kit

2007, 2008 and 2009 WineMaker International Award Winner
With Winery Grape Skins

Oak 4 Body 5 Sweetness 0

Ten years ago, Rosso Grande was launched with great show and quickly became the most talked about and popular wine kit of its time. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the next evolution of this masterpiece. Deep, dark, and rich, this assertive wine is bold in all aspects. A delectable bouquet of sweet ripe berries, spices, and farm cherries opens up to the palate, stacked with juicy fruit flavours and firmly structured tannins. Fermented on Merlot winery grape skins and un-toasted American Oak, this wine is sure to create new waves of excitement.


Grand Cru International Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

12L, 5-week Red wine kit

Reg $92.50/kit   Sale $82.50/kit

With Winery Grape Skins
Oak 3 Body 4 Sweetness 0

The warm Southern sun produces a bold Cabernet Sauvignon with the varietal’s signature nose: blackcurrants, dark chocolate and subtle toasty notes. Fermented with Cabernet GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins and toasted American oak produce a full-bodied wine with hints of coffee laced with vanilla notes.


 Oak Barrel Aging Features

June Oak Barrel Aging Feature:

Cellar Classic Winery Series Australian Meritage – SOLD OUT!!

 

July Oak Barrel Aging Feature:

Cru Select French Merlot

Reg $199 Sale $189

Price Includes kit, service fee, 3 months Oak Barrel Aging

4 SPACES SO ACT FAST! Purchase all 4 spaces and receive ½ price Oak Barrel Aging (save $60!)

Oak 3 Body 3-4 Sweetness 0

This Merlot is 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,
cradled by notes of cherries and dark fruit to complete the graceful tasting experience.

 

August Oak Barrel Aging Feature:

Cellar Classic Winery Series Rosso Grande Eccellente

Reg $222 Sale $212

Price Includes kit, service fee, 3 months Oak Barrel Aging

4 SPACES SO ACT FAST! Purchase all 4 spaces and receive ½ price Oak Barrel Aging (save $60!)

2007, 2008 and 2009 WineMaker International Award Winner
With Winery Grape Skins
Oak 4 Body 5 Sweetness 0

Ten years ago, Rosso Grande was launched with great show and quickly became the most talked about and popular wine kit of its time. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the next evolution of this
masterpiece. Deep, dark, and rich, this assertive wine is bold in all aspects. A delectable bouquet
of sweet ripe berries, spices, and farm cherries opens up to the palate, stacked with juicy fruit flavours and firmly structured tannins. Fermented on Merlot winery grape skins and un-toasted American Oak, this wine is sure to create new waves of excitement.


Screw Top Wine Bottles Now Available!

 We have had many inquiries over the years about getting screw-top wine bottles, and
we are happy to announce these are finally available to us!

750ml Screw-Top Wine Bottles: $16 per dozen, $40 per batch (30)

Let us know if you’d like us to order some in for you!


WineMaker International Wine Making Competition Results Announced!

The 2012 WineMaker Internation Wine Making competition results have just been announced
and we are thrilled that we have won 9 more medals this year!

GOLD: Cru Select Hang Ten California Syrah Zinfandel Barbera (RQ-no longer available)

GOLD: Cru Select Specialty Orange Blossom Muscat (no longer available)

SILVER: Cru Select Specialty Coffee Port (AVAILABLE by pre-order Fall 2012)

SILVER: Cellar Classic Winery Series French Grenache Syrah (AVAILABLE!)

SILVER: Cru Select Toro Tempranillo Grenache (RQ-no longer available)

SILVER: Cru Select Argentina Malbec Syrah (RQ-no longer available)

SILVER: Cru Select Spanish Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon (RQ-no longer available)

BRONZE: Cellar Classic Winery Series Australian Meritage (AVAILABLE!)

BRONZE: Cru Select Italian Barbaresco (RQ -no longer available)


The New Hit For Summer! Orchard Breezin Lounge

A new customer favourite!

$74.50 per batch (15 750ml bottles)

Price includes kit price, service fee

Lounge is a state of mind. It is relaxing and unwinding the stresses of the day.
Lounge is time spent socializing with friends, laughing with loved ones and enjoying their company.
Lounge encompasses life and simplifies it.
Lounge is your favourite crowd pleasing cocktails.
Lounge does all the work for you so all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!

COSMO
Served in lounges worldwide, the Cosmopolitan is the drink of choice for urbanites. Understandably so,
a Cosmo combines vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and freshly squeezed lime juice then shaken and served in an ever so sleek martini glass. Lounge’s wine based Cosmo is the perfect addition to your next cocktail night!

MOJITO
Dream of a Cuban escape while sipping this classic cocktail! In the traditional Mojito, white rum, sugar cane and lime juice are artfully muddled together with fresh mint to extract the mint’s essence. Consider muddling our wine Mojito with raspberries, mangoes or your favourite fruit before serving in a highball glass and enjoying with friends.

PINA COLADA
Born in sunny Puerto Rico, the Pina Colada has been used to refresh its citizens for decades. Gaining a cult following,
it has since become the queen of tropical drinks. Typically rum, coconut and pineapple are blended to create this heavenly
tropical experience. Serve our wine based Pina Colada over ice or blend with ice and enjoy in the company of great friends
and summer heat.

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.


Cru Select Specialty Holiday Release Coming Soon!

Cru Select is coming back this holiday season with a brand new addition! Along with your seasonal favourites,  we are pleased to announce the new Cru Specialty flavour of Caramel.

The Cru Specialty will be available this August. Get your pre-orders in now!

Toasted Caramel Port Style **NEW!!** $99/kit

Intensely creamy and pleasantly sweet, this full-bodied port combines rich caramel aroma with the robust flavours of red fruit. The buttery caramel notes give this wine a roundness and texture on the palate that is perfectly balanced with rich toasted notes on the finish.

Coffee Port Style $99/kit

Typical of medium roast coffee, aromas of toffee, burnt marshmallow, and chocolate will entice your palate with finishes of vanilla.

Orange Chocolate Port Style $99/kit

Rich aromas of dark chocolate are set gracefully against a frame of refreshing citrus and vanilla notes. This wine has hints of orange peel and a medium-sweet finish.

White Chocolate White Port Style $99/kit

The senses are awakened by this thick, honey coloured wine and its fruity nose. Hints of toasted hazelnut and vanilla are balanced perfectly by velvety smooth white chocolate.

Apple Tatin White Port Style $99/kit

Filled with warm flavours of tart apples and perfectly balanced with rich, sweet toffee. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar complete the experience.


Article: 15 Rules for Great Wine and Food Pairings By Ray Isle

15 Perfect Pairings, from White Wines, to Rosés to Reds:

Champagne
is perfect with anything salty

Most dry sparkling wines, such as brut Champagne and Spanish cava, actually have a faint touch of sweetness. That makes them extra-refreshing when served with salty foods.

Sauvignon Blanc
goes with tart dressings and sauces

Tangy foods won’t overwhelm zippy wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde from Portugal and Verdejo from Spain.

Grüner Veltliner
when a dish has lots of fresh herbs

Austrian Grüner Veltliner’s citrus-and-clover scent is lovely when there are lots of fresh herbs in a dish. Other go-to grapes in a similar style include Albariño from Spain and Vermentino from Italy.

Pinot Grigio
Pairs with light fish dishes

Light seafood dishes seem to take on more flavor when matched with equally delicate white wines, such as Pinot Grigio or Arneis from Italy or Chablis from France.

Chardonnay
For fatty fish or fish in a rich sauce

Silky whites—for instance, Chardonnays from California, Chile or Australia—are delicious with fish like salmon or any kind of seafood in a lush sauce.

Off-Dry Riesling
Pairs with sweet & spicy dishes

The slight sweetness of many Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and Vouvrays helps tame the heat of spicy Asian and Indian dishes.

Moscato d’Asti
loves fruit desserts

Moderately sweet sparkling wines such as Moscato d’Asti, demi-sec Champagne and Asti Spumante help emphasize the fruit in the dessert, rather than the sugar.

Rosé Champagne
is great with dinner, not just hors d’oeuvres

Rosé sparkling wines, such as rosé Champagne, cava and sparkling wine from California, have the depth of flavor and richness to go with a wide range of main courses.

Dry Rosé
For rich, cheesy dishes

Some cheeses go better with white wine, some with red; yet almost all pair well with dry rosé, which has the acidity of white wine and the fruit character of red.

Pinot Noir
is great for dishes with earthy flavors

Recipes made with ingredients like mushrooms and truffles taste great with reds like Pinot Noir and Dolcetto, which are light-bodied but full of savory depth.

Old World Wines
and Old World dishes are intrinsically good together

The flavors of foods and wines that have grown up together over the centuries—Tuscan recipes and Tuscan wines, for instance—are almost always a natural fit.

Malbec
won’t be overshadowed by sweet-spicy barbecue sauces

Malbec, Shiraz and Côtes-du-Rhône are big and bold enough to drink with foods brushed with heavily spiced barbecue sauces.

Zinfandel
For pâtés, mousses and terrines

If you can use the same adjectives to describe a wine and a dish, the pairing will often work. For instance, the words rustic and rich describe Zinfandel, Italy’s Nero d’Avola and Spain’s Monastrell as well as chicken-liver mousse.

Cabernet Sauvignon
is fabulous with juicy red meat

California Cabernet, Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style blends are terrific with steaks or chops: Their firm tannins refresh the palate after each bite of meat.

Syrah
Matches with highly spiced dishes

When a meat is heavily seasoned, look for a red wine with lots of spicy notes. Syrah from Washington, Cabernet Franc from France and Xinomavro from Greece are all good choices.

For more information and some tasty recipies to pair with your favourite wine, visit: http://www.foodandwine.com

 

 

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”

Michael Broadbent

“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.”
~ W.C. Fields

Cheers!

Carole and Calvin


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