The Vineyard Newsletter - July at The Vineyard
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New: Carboy Cleaner

The results are in: our staff has extensively tested the new Carboy Cleaner and can now reccomend it as the best new inovation in wine and beer cleaning.

It is made to attached to power drill. It will clean a dirty,stained carboy in seconds and even in those hard to reach spots. Watch a video on just how great it is; click here.

Dessert Wines

Last year these Speciale dessert wine kits were a huge success. Last month our South Vineyard Wine Guild held a port tasting and both the Chocolate Raspberry and Blackberry ports were chosen as favourites.

Our Staff picks: Neil  thinks the Blackberry Port is probably the best kit he has ever tried and is looking forward to making the 2011 vintage to add to his cellar. Neil recommends using the traditional method of fortifying your port kit with french brandy. Ask any of our staff when you pick up you kit for the best way to do this.

Order yours before August 5 to ensure you do not miss out.

Chocolate Raspberry Port

*Gold medal winner at the 2009 WineMaker Amateur Wine Competition.*

Hugely popular for the last couple of years, this wine is bursting with rich, intense flavours and aromas, has traditional Port character of warm, rounded cherry and plum, supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry. Perfumed and gently tart with luscious liquid chocolate, beguiling with dark, bittersweet aromas of coffee and vanilla. Toasty hints of oak guide the way to a long, rich finish. Excellent within three months, this wine will age gorgeously – if you can keep any that long! A real favourite for the last couple of years - we again are expecting this delicious port.

Food pairings: Delicious on its own or with any dessert, or serve with toasted nuts or shortbread. Oak: Toasted Sweetness: 7 Body: Full Alcohol by volume: 15% - 16.5%

Blackberry Port

Native to the Americas, Blackberries are bursting with intense fruit flavours. Often used to describe Cabernet Sauvignon, blackberry aromas are deep and richly fruity. This, along with lingering tannins and a gorgeous deep purple hue make it an excellent foil for the broad richness of Port. Bright berry notes lift up this wine, making it a superb foil for intense cheeses, roasted nuts and especially chocolate desserts.

Food pairings: Delicious on its own or with any dessert, or serve with toasted nuts or shortbread. Oak: Toasted Sweetness: 7 Body: Full Alcohol by volume: 15% - 16.5%

Okanagan Peach Icewine Style

Gold medal winner at the 2009 WineMaker Amateur Wine Competition.*

The Okanagan Valley lies in the rain shadow of British Columbia’s Coastal Mountains. The region’s very low annual average rainfall means that part of the valley is a true desert! In this climate grapes ripen to perfect intensity, with notes of honey, apricot, and spice. Winexpert’s Okanagan Peach Icewine style has deep floral notes, stone fruit and perfect sweetness, balanced with the sun-ripened perfume of a luscious peach.

Food pairings: Can be enjoyed all on its own, it’s an excellent accompaniment to earthy or salty cheeses like Danish blue or Tilsit, or spicy snacks like tapas or flavourful Asian dishes. Oak: None Sweetness: 8 Body: Full Alcohol by volume: 1.25% - 12.5%

We have already taken a large number of orders for this year. The deadline for us to place our order with the manufacturer is August 5th. We expect to receive these kits during the first week of September.

So please contact either store today to place your order ensuring you do miss out.

Selection Summer Celebration Sale

Our very popular Summer Selection Premium Wine kit sale continues.

For the month of July we are featuring the following wines from Chile for 10% off the regular price:

                Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

                Chilean Carmenere

                Chilean Merlot

                Chilean Pinot Noir

                Chilean Sauvignon Blanc


Watch for some select European wine kits in the month of August.

Lucky Number

Your Lucky Number for July: %udf2%

Please bring this number into either Vineyard store to claim your prize.

You can win one of  3 Limited release (Chocolate Raspberry or Blackberry) Ports or one of 3 Barons beer kits.

Vineyard Wine Guilds

Both the North and South Wine Guilds are in summer recess. They will start meeting again in September.

If you want to join one of these active wine appreaciation and interest groups - contact either location for more information.

FABs: Fermented Alcoholic Beverages

There is still lots of time to get your favourite Twisted Mist or Island Mist started and bottled to catch those lazy days of summer. In Calgary we will still have lots good weather in August and these kits can be completed in about 3 weeks.

Summer Hours


The North Store ONLY:

We will be closed Sundays.

The South Store/Brewing Center:

                Regular hours with the addition of late night shopping until 7 pm on Thursdays

August 1 holiday: Both locations will be CLOSED


Coming soon to The Vineyard 

Watch for our very own custom extract beer kits.

Our beer geek Neil is currently working to develop  custom extract brewing kits that will be designed and based on his award winning recipes....coming this fall.

Also watch for The Beer Geek Speaks - a monthly column in our monthly e-newsletter. Starting this fall.

click on the "Coupon" tab at the top of this email to print off your valuable coupon for July at The Vineyard

Have a Great Summer and Remember to Drink Responsibly


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Calgary, AB T2H 0C2
tel: 403.258.1580

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Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

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