September 2014 Newsletterseptember

  • Monthly Specials
  • RQ 2015
  • New Products
    • Conner’s Wine Crates
    • Cellar Classic Winery Series Release
    • Skinny Mist
  • Seasonal Releases
    • Cru Specialty Releases
    • Cranapple Celebration
  • Benefits of Crafting Winemaking
  • Cellaring Your Craft Wine


September 2014 Specials

Selected Cru Select and Cellar Classis Winery Series 6 Week Wine Kits 10% Off!

Reds: Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
Whites: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

Restricted Quantities 2015 Release

The 2015 RQ selections have been announced. Quantities are limited, sign up in store to reserve your kit!


December 2014 Releases:

Chile Cabernet Merlot

This full-bodied and smooth red wine opens with a well-defined bouquet of dried prunes, blackberry and raspberry. Characteristics of black fruit, herbaceous notes and slight hints of chocolate make this an easy drinking wine that offers well-rounded tannins and a velvety finish.

dry // full-bodied // medium-heavy oak

South Africa Chenin Black Sauvignon Blanc

Light straw-coloured, with pleasing aromas of apple, cantaloupe, spice and subtle vanilla aromas that lift effortlessly from the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate is dry with a rich mouth-feel and a lingering mineral and tropical fruit finish.

dry // medium-bodied // light oak

April 2015 Releases:

Italy Aglianico

Firm and intense, this dry red opens with flavours of tobacco, smoke and rich dark fruit. Slightly earthy on the palate, notes of dark cherry, blackberry and vanilla emerge over time. This easy-to-drink wine has subtle and soft oak characters.

dry // medium-bodied // medium oak

Spain Vino Blanco

This light-bodied crisp wine opens with delicate floral and lemon notes on the nose. Bursting with white peach and citrus on the palate, the Vino Blanco has a crisp and refreshing finish that is typical of a well-balanced Spanish white wine.

dry // light-bodied // unoaked

New Products

15 Bottle Wine Crates

We finally have brand new wine crates back in stock! Just $35/ea, they’re sure to sell out quick, so be sure to pick up a couple on your next visit – they make great gifts!photo

Cellar Classic Winery Series ReleaseWinemakers_Trio

The Winemaker’s Trio is the perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel fermented on GenuWine Winery Crushed Grape Skins. This new world style red has a nicely integrated balance of tannins and acidity. It features an inviting blend of vanilla, red berries, and black cherry on the nose and it combines the sweet flavors of ripe raspberry, chocolate, and cherry on the palate.

dry // medium-bodied // medium oak


Skinny Mist

What’s the skinny on new SKINNY MIST™? They’re fruit infused wines that are anything but skinny on flavour.

Refreshing notes of fresh fruit paired with crisp and juicy varietals for an incredible taste that’s less than 80 calories per glass. So go ahead and enjoy – these Mists are skinny jeans approved!

Choose from three delicious flavours:

Slight White Tropical Riesling Merlittle Merlot Blackberry Merlot Leaner Traminer Peach Gewürztraminer

Seasonal Releases

Cru Specialty Dessert Wines cru_specialty

Because every day is special…. Cru Specialty brings you truly unique and distinctive wines to stock your cellar and are perfect for all your holiday entertaining and gift giving. Cru Specialty has a wine to please every palate! These wines are available exclusively for the holiday season while quantities last.

Black Forest Port Toasted Caramel Port Orange Chocolate Port Coffee Port

Ready in 6 weeks — $109/kit

Cranapple Celebration

Holiday Cranapple Celebration is a white wine featuring tart green apples balanced out by smooth white cranberries to create an easy drinking wine with a crisp refreshing finish.

Enjoy sipping this delightful vintage at holiday gatherings, perfect as a hostess gift, or for sharing with special friends and family during the holidays.

Ready in 4 weeks — $70/kit


Benefits of Craft Winemaking

If you’ve ever made your own preserves, or enjoyed some that have been made for you, it’s not difficult to understand why craft

wine brings such enjoyment. From creation to consumption the process of making your own wine creates a memorable experience for both you and the happy beneficiaries of your efforts. But making wine is supposed to be hard, right? Not at all! In fact it’s easy, fun and anyone can do it. Here are five ways to make the most of your winemaking experience.


1. Plan to learn – Set aside some time to visit with us, we can answer your questions and point you in the right direction

2. Bring a friend – Or a few. Make it a social gathering. You’ll have fun together and have a great excuse to get together again in the weeks that follow.

3. Make it an occasion – Host a dinner party and unveil your creation. It’s a great way to celebrate your efforts with family or friends!

4. Plan ahead for gift giving – Package your wine with some cheese, bread and other treates to create the perfect personalized holiday gift.

5. Bulk up – Having a full and diverse wine cellar is one of the great joys of winemaking. Impromptu girls’ night or holiday drop-ins? No problem! You’ll have bottles of wine on-hand.

Source: Craft & Cork Magazine

Cellaring Your Craft Wine Cellaring time allows elements in a wine to integrate and develop a delicate balance. Here are some tips to help with aging your craft wine.

Light Constant exposure to light produces chemical reactions in wine that cause it to deteriorate. Ultraviolet light has the greatest effect, and white wines and champagnes are the most vulnerable. Try to keep the cellar dark when not in use.

Humidity A relative humidity of 50-70% is the acceptable range. Insufficient humidity may cause corks to dry out, lose their elasticity and thereby allow air to get into the bottle. Too much humidity (over 70%) can cause mould to grow on the corks. At its extreme, that can destroy a wine.

Temperature A temperature of 12-15ºC is ideal for allowing the wine to age steadily without risking premature ageing or oxidation. A constant temperature is key to steady ageing.

wine_cellar_xr4u Source: Craft & Cork Magazine

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