May 2012 Newsletter

  • Congratulations Calvin for winning VAWA 2012 Beer Maker of the Year!
  • BC Provincial Winemaking Awards
  • May Specials & Oak Barrel Aging Features
  • Orchard Breezin Limited Releases! Blood Orange and Apple Pomegranate
  • New Limited Release Lounge Products! Lemon Lime Margarita and Long Island Iced Tea
  • Now available! En Primeur Australian Grenache Rose
  • Coming Soon! Cru Select Tempranillo Grenache & Grand Cru International Pinot Grigio
  • Article: Red wine may inhibit breast cancer: US study


VAWA and BC Provincial Amateur Beer and Wine Making Awards


VAWA Awards

Congratulations Calvin for winning VAWA 2012 Beer Maker of the Year!

At this year’s VAWA awards, Calvin won five medals for his five beer entries, including a GOLD for his Irish Stout, which garnered him “Best in Show Stout” … and … VAWA Beer Maker of The Year 2012!

We were awarded a bronze medal for a BC Aromatic white wine, one gold, two silvers, and two bronze medals for our beer recipes.

BC Provincial Amateur Winemaking Awards

Seven more medals for Calvin at the BC Provincial Amateur Winemaker Awards – 1-Gold, 3-Silver, 3-Bronze! That makes 45 medals in regional, provincial, national, and international competitions in the past 5 years! We’re so elated!


May Specials:

En Primeur Australian Shiraz

Reg $175/kit Sale $159/kit

Oak 4 Body 4-5 Sweetness 0

This full-bodied wine sourced from Old Mundullo vineyards comes with Shiraz Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins and untoasted American oak shavings. Warm black fruit and berries entice the nose, while concentrated flavours of red fruit, oak and chocolate round out the experience.

Cellar Classic Winery Series Italian Amarone
Reg $149/kit Sale $139/kit

Oak 5 Body 5 Sweetness 0

This powerhouse wine is dark in colour and rich in flavour and aromas. The bouquet is spicy, with black cherry, tobacco leaf, licorice and coffee notes in the glass. Big, round and flavourful on the palate with delicious dark fruit, leather, cassis and pepper. Warm, with a soft tannin backbone, fine acidity and good structure. This wine demands patience to reach it’s full potential – allow it to mellow minimally 9-12 months as it will improve with age.

Cellar Classic Winery Series California Syrah

Reg $149/kit Sale $130/kit

Oak 4 Body 4 Sweetness 0

Bold and assertive, the bouquet is opulent with vibrant notes of blackcurrants, rich leather, and pepper spice laced with strong toasted oak. Fermentation on Syrah Winery Grape Skins reveals bold overtones of dark chocolate, burst of spice, and an abundance of bold, chewy tannins. The finish is seamless, adding depth and character to this masterpiece.

Cru Select New Zealand Unoaked Chardonnay

Reg $118/kit Sale $108/kit

Oak 0 Body 3-4 Sweetness 0

This full-bodied unoaked wine showcases the brilliant balance between fresh fruity flavours and vibrant aciditity. Offering a stunning array of flavours that reflect citrus, peach and mineral notes, this refreshing wine is best served chilled to show off its lively potential.

Oak Barrel Aging Special and Features:

May Oak Barrel Aging Special:

A special deal for our newsletter subscribers!

For the month of May, purchase 4 Red wine kits (all 4 kits must be the same type) and receive FREE Oak Barrel Aging for those kits! A $120 value!!

June Oak Barrel Aging Feature:

Cellar Classic Winery Series Australian Meritage $227

Includes wine kit, service fee, 3 months Oak Barrel Aging.

4 Spaces available!



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.



Now Available! En Primeur Australian Grenache Rose

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.



Coming Soon!

Cru Select Tempranillo Grenache & Grand Cru International Pinot Grigio

Cru Select Tempranillo Grenache $124/kit

Oak 4 Body 4 Sweetness 0

We are pleased to announce that the popular Tempranillo Grenache from our RQ2011 line will be a permanent offering to our line starting this July. This intense red wine is charactized by dark fruit on the nose and prunes, and cherry on the palate.

Grand Cru International Pinot Grigio $89/kit

Back by popular demand, the Pinot Grigio holiday release will now be a part of Grand Cru International’s permanent line starting this July!

Italian Pinot Grigio’s deep apple and grapefruit bouquet will entice you. Apples and citrus notes follow through to the palate and linger with a dry finish.

Article: Red wine may inhibit breast cancer: US study

  • Monday 9 January 2012
  • by Adam Lechmere

Red wine may have some effect in inhibiting the hormone that causes breast cancer, a study has found.

The study at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lowered oestrogen levels among premenopausal women.

The same effect was not seen in white wine.

The study, published online in the Journal of Women’s Health , challenges the widely-held belief that all types of alcohol consumption heighten the risk of developing breast cancer.

Alcohol is known to increase levels of oestrogen, which fosters the growth of cancer cells.

However, the research at Cedars-Sinai suggests red wine acts differently, appearing to block the process that converts hormones such as testosterone – which is present in women’s bodies – into oestrogen.

In the study, 36 women drank either Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay daily for almost a month, then switched to the other type of wine. Blood was collected twice each month to measure hormone levels.

Researchers were trying to determine whether red wine mimics the effects of aromatase inhibitors, which play a key role in managing oestrogen levels and are currently used to treat breast cancer.

Investigators said the change in hormone patterns suggested that red wine may stem the growth of cancer cells, as has been shown in test tube studies.

They stressed that the results do not mean that white wine increases the risk of breast cancer, but that white grapes may lack the same protective elements found in the grapes used in red wines.

At the same time they said findings were encouraging, and that changing to red wine might ‘shift the risk’ of getting breast cancer.

‘If you were to have a glass of wine with dinner, you may want to consider a glass of red,’ said Chrisandra Shufelt, assistant director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and one of the study’s co-authors. ‘Switching may shift your risk.’

Glenn D Braunstein, vice president for clinical innovation at Cedars-Sinai said, ‘There are chemicals in red grape skin and red grape seeds that are not found in white grapes that may decrease breast cancer risk,’ but he also advised that large-scale studies are still needed.

Even moderate amounts of alcohol intake may generally increase the risk of breast cancer in women, he said, and until larger studies are done, he would not recommend that a non-drinker begin to drink red wine

“Wine gives strength, pleasure and joy in living.”
Louis Pasture

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”
Benjamin Franklin


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