Spring 2011 Newsletter

  • Monthly Specials
  • Monthly Oak Barrel Aging Features
  • Introducing Lounge Cosmo, Mojito and Pina Colada
  • Orchard Breezin’ Spring Releases
  • Grand Cru International New Releases!
  • The Big & Easy Light Lime is back!
  • Cru Select RQ2011 Hang Ten and Argentina Tango now available!
  • Cru Select Specialty Kits + drink recipies
  • Easter long weekend store closure


April Specials:

En Primeur Australian Shiraz $165/kit (reg $175)
Full-bodied red wine features Shiraz Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins and untoasted American Oak. Flavours of Warm black fruit, berries, red fruit, chocolate.
Oak 4    Body 4-5    Sweetness 0

Cellar Classic Winery Series Rosso Grande Eccellente $129/kit (reg $139)
Deep, dark and rich red wine fermented on Merlot Winery Dried Grape Skins and un-toasted American Oak.
Oak 4    Body 5    Sweetness 0

Grand Cru International BC Pinot Noir $79/kit (reg $89)
Aroma of black cherries and fresh strawberries, silky tannins and subtle notes of pepper and spice, French Oak.
Oak 2    Body 3    Sweetness 0

Cru Select Orange Chocolate Port– Blow-out special 25% off! (in-stock kits while supplies last) $82/kit (reg $109)


May Specials:

En Primeur Chilean Carmenere $165/kit (reg $175)
Fermented on Merlot Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins, this full-bodied red wine has flavours of fresh blackberries, plums and violet, richness of French toasted oak with smooth silky tannins and dark fruits.
Oak 2    Body 4    Sweetness 0

Cellar Classic Winery Series California Syrah $129/kit (reg $139)
Bold and assertive with vibrant notes of blackcurrants, rich leather and pepper and fermented on Syrah Winery Dried Grape Skins and strong toasted oak.
Oak 4    Body 4    Sweetness 0

Grand Cru International South African Chenin Blanc $74/kit (reg $89)
Delightfully refreshing, this light bodied white wine is pale straw in colour, a fruity nose with hints of green apple, lemon and a subtle floral bouquet.
Oak 0    Body 2    Sweetness 0


Monthly Oak Barrel Aging Features:

April Oak Barrel Aging Feature: 3 spaces left, so act fast!

Cellar Classic Winery Series Rosso Grande Eccellente     $199

(Price Includes: wine kit + vintner’s fee + 3 months of Oak Barrel Aging)


May Oak Barrel Aging Feature: 3 spaces left, so act fast!

Cellar Classic Winery Series California Syrah    $199

(Price Includes: wine kit + vintner’s fee + 3 months of Oak Barrel Aging)


June Oak Barrel Aging Feature: TBA

If anyone is interested in Oak Barrel Aging a particular type of wine, we are leaving this month open to requests!


July Oak Barrel Aging Feature:

Kenridge Grenache Syrah Mourvedre – SOLD OUT!


More New Spring Releases!

April is here and warm weather is just around the corner! From light and refreshing fruit wines to wine based cocktails, entertaining has never been easier or more enjoyable! Whether entertaining on the patio or at the cottage we have all your entertaining beverage needs covered!

Introducing LOUNGE Cosmo, Mojito and Pina Colada!

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.
Lounge is a sub brand of Cru Orchard Breezin’ Mist, our already established, fun, easy drinking and youthful line. Lounge cocktails will be available for a limited time only.

Make one of these exciting new beverages in-store for only $129

(kit and vintner fee included)

OR make a half batch for $79! (kit and vintner fee included)


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. Our Cosmo is the perfect addition to your next girl’s night!


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


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. Rum, coconut and pineapple are blended to create this heavenly tropical experience. Serve over ice or blend with ice and enjoy in the company of great friends and summer heat.


Orchard Breezin’ Spring Releases

Pear-licious $69/kit

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 $69/kit

Lychee is a tropical fruit high in antioxidants.Combined with green tea, rich in polyphenols and powerful antioxidants, 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!


Grand Cru International New Releases!

Germany Müller-Thurgau $89/kit    Oak 0 | Body 4 | Sweetness 2

The second most planted vine in Germany, the profile of this grape closely resembles the aromatic intensity of Riesling but is differentiated by ripening earlier and is less acidic. This hearty vine requires less sun and makes few demands of the climate so it survives in less than ideal conditions. Medium in body with a delicate off-dry taste, this wine is balanced
by mild acidity giving it a long-lasting finish. Offering unique flavours and an amazing aromatic yet subtle and fruity perfume, it is at its best in the first flush of youth.


Argentina Malbec Syrah $89/kit        Oak 2 | Body 3 | Sweetness 0

Argentina has nearly perfect grape growing conditions, it has a temperate, semi-desert continental climate, with abundant intense sunlight and rainfall that rarely exceeds 8 to 10 inches per year. With plentiful sun and little rain, Argentina yields ultra-ripe grapes. Malbec and Syrah are blended to create a wine with aromas of toast while fermentation on Shiraz GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins adds hints of cherry and dark fruit to the palate.


The Big & Easy Light Lime is back!


Originally launched in the Spring of 2010, Big & Easy Light Lime Beer became an instant favourite. Capitalizing on the light lime beer trend, Big & Easy offers quality product at a fraction of commercial pricing.

Big & Easy Light Lime Beer will be available May 2, 2011, just in time for the start of cottage season. While quantities last only. Big & Easy Light Lime with its all natural lime flavour and low alcohol content (4%) makes for a very light, refreshing and easy to drink beer.

Just follow the same 3 easy steps for making all Big & Easy beers; Drop the Pill… Wait… and Chill and you will be rewarded with a perfect light summer refresher to enjoy on the patio or at the cottage in the company of friends!


Cru Select RQ2011 Hang Ten Now available!


March brings warmer weather, sunshine and our 4th RQ2011 offering, Hang Ten. A bold blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Barbera from California, Hang Ten will please the most discerning palate. All offerings in our RQ2011 program promise not to disappoint. All RQ2011 wine kits are available while quantities last, on a first come, first serve basis.

Cru Select RQ2011 Argentina Tango Now available!


Tango is a silky blend of three well loved Argentine white wines: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Torrentes.  A perfectly balanced expression 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 dramatice flair that will have you and your partner reaching for another glass.


Cru Select Specialty… Because Everyday is Special!

Your seasonal favourites are on their way to a sell out just like our Orange Chocolate Port and White Chocolate White Port. Avoid disappointment and order your limited release kits now. VERY limited quantities remain.

Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Style $109/kit

Our Cru Specialty Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Style’s sweet berry flavour is perfect
for sharing with friends. Your palate will be overcome with flavours of sweet
and tart red berries and apricots. A lingering honey finish will have you craving

Cru Specialty Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Style is only available while quanititis
last. Try it before its gone!

While entertaining this summer serve this refreshing sparkler that will have
your friends visiting more often!

1.5oz Cru Specialty Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Style

Top with sparkling wine

Garnish with your favourite frozen red berries.

Riesling Ice Wine Style $109/kit

Riesling Icewine is a Canadian favourite. 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.

Try this cocktail recipe when entertaining on the patio this summer:

1 1/2oz Cru Specialty Riesling Icewine Style

2oz Pear juice

1/2 oz Vodka

1/4oz Lemon juice

Combine in cocktail shaker with ice. Stir until cold and drain. Garnish with a
pear slice.

Apple Tatin White Port Style $109/kit

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.

Apple Tatin White Port Style makes the perfect base for your favourite cocktails.
Enjoy experimenting with this crowd pleasing port style.


1oz vodka

1oz apple juice

1oz Apple Tatin White Port Style

1 pinch ground cinnamon

Shake vodka, apple juice and Apple Tatin White Port. Pour into glass and
lightly dust with cinnamon.


Easter Long Weekend Closure:

Please note that we will be closed for the Easter long weekend from Good Friday, April 22nd,
through Easter Monday, April 25th, resuming regular store hours Tuesday, April 26th.

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