November 2010 Newsletter

  • Thank you for voting Conner’s Wine Cellar “Chilliwack’s A-List” Best U-Vin/U-Brew!!!
  • Last chance to have wines made in time for the holiday season!
  • November Featured Wine Kits
  • En Primeur Hightail Wine Kits available!
  • Don’t forget to sign up for your Cru Select 2010/2011 Restricted Quantity Kits!
  • Cru Select Specialty Ports and Ice Wines! (makes the perfect holiday gift!)
  • Holiday Punch Recipe
  • Conner’s Wine Cellar is getting a minor facelift
  • Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for exclusive specials


On Friday, October 29th, The Chilliwack Progress published the results of their “A-List 2010” Best of Chilliwack competition.  We are absolutely thrilled that Conner’s Wine Cellar was voted “Chilliwack’s BEST U-Brew/U-Vin”!!!
Thank You to all the Friends, Customers, and Progress Readers that voted for us!!!!  We are incredibly honoured, and look forward to making Chilliwack’s best wines for years to come.

Last chance to start your wine to have it bottled in time for the holiday season!

Thinking of having some nice wine to share with friends and family during the holiday season?
..or thinking of giving specialty port or ice wine as gifts?

Have the last couple of months been so busy you have forgotten to make your holiday wines?

No problem! From Grand Cru International to Cheeky Monkey we have 5 and 4 week wine kits that will be ready just in time for the holidays with little or no aging required.

Or, if you start a 6-week wine, specialty port, or ice wine kit by this Friday November 5th, it will be ready to bottle by Friday December 17th !

November Featured Wine Kits:

Grand Cru International  Californian Chardonnay
5-Week 12L Wine Kit

$79/kit ($10 off)

Hailing from sunny California, captivating flavours of green apple and tropical fruit enhance an upfront floral bouquet in this full-bodied golden wine.  It will develop to reveal layers of ripe fruit and integrated oak.

White         Oak: 3     Body : 4      Sweetness : 0

Grand Cru International Californian Syrah
5-Week 12L Wine Kit

$79/kit ($10 off)

Raspberries and peppery spice blend in harmony to create an elegant flavour.  Full-bodied in character, the Shiraz Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins with an American and French oak blend deliver soft, balanced tannins and a lingering, smooth finish.

Red             Oak: 3    Body : 4     Sweetness : 0

Cru Select     German Riesling Traminer
6-Week 16L Wine Kit

$105/kit ($10 off)

The fresh, crisp flavours of Riesling combined with the exotic spiciness of Gewurztraminer produce a full, off-dry wine with immense character and a round and well-balanced finish.

White           Oak: 0        Body :   3     Sweetness : 0-1

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. We will be announcing availability as we confirm when the grapes are being harvested.


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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 —NOW AVAILABLE!


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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 —NOW AVAILABLE!


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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  – COMING SOON!


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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 pep
per spice.

Price: $175 / kit  – COMING SOON!

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!

Release Date: December 2010

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

Release Date: December 2010

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

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

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!

Always have trouble finding the perfect gifts for the holiday season? A bottle of specialty port or ice wine makes the pefect stocking stuffer!
But don’t hesitate…
you only have a few days left to put on your specialty ports and ice wines to have bottled in time for the holiday season!

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

Holiday Punch Recipe

While entertaining this holiday season, serve this special Holiday Punch for an added special treat!

1 Bottle     Orchard Breezin’ CranApple Chardonnay
2 Cups     Cranberry Juice
355ml         Lemon Lime Soda

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and garnish with fresh cranberries

Conner’s Wine Cellar is getting a minor facelift!

We are always striving to make our store run even more smoothly and be esthetically pleasing to our customers, so over the next little while we will be making some changes to our store’s appearance.  Due to increasing demand, we’re expanding our home brewing supplies and retail sections, and will be expanding merchandising displays.  We’ve already started painting, and over the next few weekends we’ll hopefully have complely modernized the store’s colour palatte.

Feedback is always welcome!

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