The Artful Winemaker:
Some of us are getting older (yes it’s true) and handling the 23 litre carboy and fermenter is just too much. Now we have the answer.
The Vineyard is very proud to launch the Artful Winemaker. It is a very compact fermenting system that will produce 12 bottles of fine wine in only 28 days. This system is a compact one vessel system that comes with everything you need (except the 12 bottles). It is also very clean and attractive looking; so it can sit on your kitchen counter and fits in with any décor. It is an excellent alternative for apartment dwellers as well.
Stop in today and check it out; click here and see our videos, tips and tricks page for the Artful Winemaker
2011 Limited Edition Wine Kits.
If you missed out on ordering this past fall don’t fret; we were able to source more. So when you are in the store check and see which of these wonderful kits you want to add to your wine cellar.
click here for more information and wine descriptions.
$10 off Selection Estate Wine kits:
These 16 litre 8 week ultra premium wine kits are made with the finest quality varietal juice from around the world to produce wines that will satisfy the tastes of even the most discerning wine enthusiasts. Click here for more information and a list of kits.
Sale ends March 31st.
New Island Mist kit:
We are proud to announce our newest Island Mist flavour. Pineapple Pear Pinot Grigio leaps out of the glass with juicy sweet pears, succulent, ripe pineapple and a bright and flowery fragrance. Read all about it here. Pineapple Pear Pinot Grigio is now available at The Vineyard.
To celebrate the introduction is this new flavour we are putting all of our Island Mist kits on SALE.
Buy two: the first at regular price of $69 and get a second one for 25% off! OR if you choose to buy only one kit it will be 10% off.
Sale ends March 31st.
New Skins kits
By the end of March we will have our new Italian Brunello and Italian Amarone in our Selection International with Grape Skins varieties. The current 4 grape skin kits have been very successful and we are excited to be adding these 2 very popular varietals to this line. Many of you will recognize these kits as all 6 have been Limited Editions from previous years. To guarantee your Grape Skins kits, please contact us and we will add your name to our priority list.
Gluten free beer now at The Vineyard
As you already know we are Calgary's premiere choice when it comes to brewing ingredients and advice. For 29 years the Vineyard has been been teaching best practices in homebrewing and winning awards in brewing competitions across Canada. There is a new trend emerging in brewing and as always we have been working in the background sourcing the best quality ingredients, learning new techniques from the industry leaders and test brewing to ensure that we continue to offer the best quality products and advice around. Gluten free brewing is now ready for primetime and The Vineyard has the ingredients, recipes and advice to help you get started Click here to read more about Gluten free brewing and get a few recipes to get you started.
Orange Blossom and Wildflower Honey
Turns out our Beer Geek is also somewhat of a mead maker. Last year the he pulled down several golds, sliver and bronze medals in western Canada. A gold medal in Regina last year landed our Beer Geek one of only 6 Canadian qualifying spots for mead makers in the National homebrew competition in San Diego. Just a few short weeks ago our beer geek took Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for his meads and ciders at the Cowtown Yeastwranglers 4th annual homebrew round up. So the secret to award winning mead? Top quality unpasturized organic honey. In North america there are only two places with a large enough number of trees to procure orange blossom honey and that is California or Florida. Ours comes directly from orange tree orchards in the California Valley and has the unmistakable floral aroma of orange blossoms that makes for a very unique mead. This also where we source our wildflower honey from. Award winning meads require careful handling of the honey to protect the delicate aromas as well as pH and nutrition management. The Vineyard carries everything you need to make award winning mead including the expertise.
Hops: East Kent Golding and Zythos
Finally we have the popular East Kent Golding hops back in stock - sorry for the delay.
Following the success of the Falconer’s Flight™, we are very happy to introduce ZYTHOS™ ─ a proprietary hop blend created to embody the powerful tradition and aroma you expect for your finest ales and IPA brews. With targeted brewing values of 11.9% alpha and 5.0% beta, ZYTHOS is an IPA style blend created to optimize and exceed the aroma characteristics found in the finest American IPA's and Pale ales (and any other hoppy American style). ZYTHOS is not a replacement for proprietary varieties, but rather, a premium pellet blend that will compliment your current IPA and Pale Ale brews. We have done some test batches with samples I recieved earlier this year from Hop Union and found aromatic qualities, imparting distinct tangerine, citrus, floral, pine and grapefruit tones remenisant of blending Amarillo and Simco. Here is a nice recipe that features the Zythos hop to get you started . If you come up with an outstanding recipe and want it posted send it in. The best recipe submission that I recieve in April will win some Zythos hops.
Cowtown Yeast Wranglers Round Up
Calgary's Home brew club recently concluded the 4th annual edition of their BJCP sanctioned beer competition. Calgary is the first competition of the year in the Canadian homebrewer of the year series. Beers were sent from across Canada and judged over 3 days and nights and winners announced at a Gala beer dinner on Saturday Feb 25. The Vineyard is a proud partner of the Yeast Wranglers and pleased to see so many of our customers winning medals. For the full story and a list of the winners click here