The Vineyard Newsletter - June Only at The Vineyard
The Vineyard

June 2011, Only at The Vineyard

First and foremost we need to blow on own horn: Our beer geek, Neil, has won many brewing awards in recent weeks. The competitions are very highly rated, entrants are expert home brewers from all across the North American home brewing community.

ALES Homebrew Open (Regina):

Regina is the only Canadian qualifier for  NHC (national Homebrew Competition) final round being held in San Diego California this year. Neil won the right to advance to the final round with the following entries:

Gold Medal - 25 Melomel (Fruit Mead): Bamnation Raspberry Melomel

Silver Medal - 22 Smoke/wood age Beer: Bamnation Rauchbier II

Bronze Medal - 27 Standard Cider/Perry: Bamnation Apple Cider

For more information on NHC

 Aurora Brewing Challenge (Edmonton):

Quickly becoming one of Neil’s favourite competitions. Last year Neil garnered 6 medals including a Best of show with his Northern Brown Ale. While not getting B of S again this year Neil did end up as Second runner up B o S and second runner up Brewer of the Year.  The Edmonton competition is the only Canadian Qualifier for the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing. Only Gold medal beers advance to this prestigious event.

Medals were:

Gold - 6 Light Hybrid Beer:  Bamnation American Wheat (qualified for MCAB)

Bronze - 6 Light Hybrid Beer:  Bamnation Kolsch

Gold - 11 English Brown Ale: Bamnation Northern Brown (qualified for MCAB)

Gold - 22 Smoke/ wood Age Beer: Bamnation Rauchbier II (qualified for MCAB)

Gold 23/24/25 Mead/Cider: Bamnation Braggot

Silver 23/24/25 Mead/Cider: Bamnation Cyser

Bronze    23/24/25 Mead/Cider: Bamnation Pinot Noir Pyment

Bronze: Best of Show: Bamnation Rauchbier II

Bronze: Brewer of the Year

For more information on MCAB

 CAMRA BC Homebrew Challenge (Victoria)

This was Neil’s first time entering this competition. Judging took place over two weekend and the Best of Show Judging is yet to happen.

Gold - Light Hybrid Beer: Bamnation Yankee Wheat

Gold - English Pale Ale: Bamnation Extraordinary Bitters

Silver - Porters: Bamnation Robust Porter

Bronze - Smoke/wood age: Bamnation Rauchbier II

Only at The Vineyard will you find Alberta’s largest selection of beer brewing ingredients and equipment. We have grains, malt extracts, hops, dry yeast, liquid yeast cultures, special spices, the latest sanitizing agents, flasks, stir plates, CO2 systems, malt mills and lots of free advice. Drop in to our South Calgary Brewing Centre and say hi to Neil and all our knowledgeable staff.

1st Annual The Vineyard Brewing Competition.

 Exclusively for our own customers.  Awards, prizes and constructive appraisal of your home brew. To be held Fall 2011 watch for more details on our web and future newsletters.

No Comparison, Winexpert kits are simply the BEST

It is a well known fact, no kit compares to a Winexpert wine kit. For over 24 years, they have been and still remain the industry leading wine kits.

At The Vineyard, we do not sell old or second run materials. Our products come from some of the finest grape producing areas in the world. Our kits are produced using 'leading edge' technology by Winexpert, the industry leading manufacturer.

Therefore we can promise you the highest quality wine kits with your 100% satisfaction guaranteed. You will be proud of your handcrafted wines made with products from The Vineyard.

We believe our customers deserve the best service, the most knowledgeable staff and the highest quality products.

For 28 years The Vineyard has been and will continue to be Calgary's leading wine making and beer brewing supplies retailer.

The Vineyard Reward Points:

Every time you spend $20 at The Vineyard,  you earn 1 reward point. Your reward points can be spent as dollars toward your next purchase. You can also ‘let it ride’ and accumulate points to use toward that special kit. Such as:

Small Lots Estate Premium kits:

Last year’s program was such a big success we are once again introducing two new Small Lots varieties in our stores now. The 3 Continents Meritage White and 3 Continents Meritage Red will only be available in very small quantities for a limited time, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to add  these two fabulous wines to your cellar. $168, Only at The Vineyard

8th Annual International Summer Celebration

We are pleased to offer the following Summer Selection International kits for a great price again this year. The Celebration runs from June until the end of August. We will be featuring Selection Premium wine kits from different wine producing regions each month. The price of the featured kits will be reduced by 10% during each of the months indicated.

Starting in June we are featuring two great wines from Australia:

Australian Chardonnay. Leave it to the Aussies to take the noble French grape and turn it into the wine equivalent of a full-on party. The Chardonnays of Australia continue to wow wine drinkers around the world with their unabashed celebration of opulent fruit and vanilla-oak, full-bodied flavour. Our Chardonnay is no exception. Full, supple, buttery and fruity, this golden wine delivers from start to clean, lingering finish. Ideal with chicken, fish, salads and cream-sauce pastas.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak Intensity: Heavy

 Australian Traminer-Riesling The lively golden hue reveals a combination of floral notes and apple crispness with perfumed headiness of lychee, rose petals, and hints of passion fruit. The long finish and medium body makes a great off-dry wine for sipping.
Excellent with Asian cuisine, soft cheeses, oily fish and especially smoked salmon.

Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: None

South African Pinotage. Delicate and balanced like a Pinot noir, with the hardiness and robust colour of Cinsault. Deep intense ruby colour with purple highlights. Layered aromas of raspberry, spices, red cherry, and fruitcake give way to rich complexity of flavours including raspberry, vanilla, plums, coffee.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium

South African Chenin Blanc. Pale straw colour with a green tinge and the aroma of summer melon, this medium to full-bodied, dry white wine evokes luscious tropical fruit flavours and has a palate-pleasing, well balanced, crisp, lingering aftertaste.

Sweetness: Dry Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: None

Hurry in today and take advantage of this opportunity to add some wonderful wines to your wine cellar.

Next month we will be featuring some wines from Chile.

Let’s get Twisted like we did Last Summer

There is still time to start your summertime fermented adult beverages (FAB).

Twisted Mist Mojito, Strawberry Margarita and Lime Margarita now in stock. Each kit produces 30 bottles and only cost $75.00.

Great with crushed ice on the deck, by the pool and at the campground.

 Coming Soon to The Vineyard

We are pleased to announce our two new outstanding new Vintners Reserve products.

 Diablo Rojo - Dark purple in colour with a nose of blackberry jam melded with creamy vanilla aromas and a touch of tobacco. Rich in the mouth, with gently smooth tannins and rich, ripe plum and berry flavours. The finish is long and fruit-filled, with the perfect amount of toasty oak. This off dry wine is perfect for enjoying right away, delicious with robust foods and excellent all on its own. Available June 20 2011.

Ángel Blanco - An easy drinking, well-rounded white wine, with appealing fruit flavours and aromas. Rich and boldly fruity from a multi-vinifera blend that delivers up a floral aromatic nose and a fine mix of peachy, honey, pineapple fruit finishing with a perfect balance of acidity and fruitiness. Serve well chilled before dinner or pair it up with spicy foods to tame the heat and compliment your cuisine. Available June 20 2011.

From John Lubbers, a long-time Vineyard customer:

A woman is sitting at home on the veranda with her husband and she says, “I love you.”

He asks, “is that you or the wine talking?”

She replies, “It’s me ………….. talking to the wine.”


Here is your own NEW ‘lucky’ number:


There are new ‘personal’ winning numbers for June posted at each of our two locations – so a total of six lucky people will win!

Print and bring this email message into The Vineyard to check to see if you have won. The prizes this month are: 3 Brew House beer kits and 3 Vintners Reserve wine kits.

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