Spring is coming - really
As I'm writing this it is raining with a little snow mixed in, so it hardly seems like spring. But soon it will be time for yard cleanup, BBQ, outside activities and most importantly cool beverages. Although I do enjoy cool beverages all year long it certainly is great sitting out on the deck with my favourite in hand waiting for the grill to heat up.
We have a full inventory of white wines, Island Mist cooler type kits and a NEW fab (fermented adult beverage) Twisted Mist Margarita/Hard Lemonade. Start yours now in time for summer.
Here at The Vineyard we have all the ingredients you need to make your own handcrafted beer. We have Calgary's largest and most varied inventory of supplies; everything for the kits, extract brewers and all grain mashers. Check out our comprehensive web pages for an up to date list of our current stock of hops, grains, malts, liquid yeast and spices, used for making those special wits and weizen which are so good in the warm weather. Drop in or send a note to our Beer Geek today and get ready to brew for the summer.
Beer Competition Medals:
Speaking of our Beer Geek, he has been very busy brewing and entering Beer Brewing competitions. This year at the Lethbridge Werthogs annual competition he brought home three medals: Gold in the Strong Ale/Belgian Strong class, Gold in the sour Ale class and a Bronze in the Porter/Dark Lager class.
Lethbridge was a great competition with 120 entries coming from Vancouver to Newfoundland and everywhere in between.
In the Regina ALES Beer Club's annual competition, our Beer Geek brought home another seven medals. Two Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals all for his meads and ciders including Mead Maker of the Year.
Well done, we are extremely proud of The Vineyard's Beer Geek. You should be too and you can talk to him for ideas and suggestion for everything from ingredients, recipes, equipment and techniques.
We also want to congratulate Jeremy Cowan, Iain Morrish and Tony Davies all medal winners, customers and members of our local beer club.
In the run for the "Canadian Homebrewer of the Year" , Iain Morrish is leading with Jeremy Cowan in the top five and our Beer Geek is also in the top ten. The Cowtown Yeast Wranglers are leading in the race for Brew Club of the Year. Congratulations to all of you.
NEW: French Rose
We are "tickled pink" to annouce the arrival of our French Rose. The past couple of years we had a Spanish Rose which was very well received. To change things up we now have a French Rose is stock. It is in the popular Selection 15 litre format.
A crisp, off-dry rosé from Southern France. An extremely food friendly wine, The pairing possibilities run the gamut from light salads to spicy meats from the grill - definitely a wine to keep well-stocked and ready all summer. Serve chilled. Available for a limited time only as this is a seasonal release.
Alcohol by Volume - 11 - 11.5%
Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: none
Alberta Amateur Winemakers Annual Wine Competition
On April 28th Tom had the honour of judging in this annual homemade wine competition, which included over 92 entries. Tom judged Chardonnay class, Rhone reds, Rose, Aperitif Sherries and also Best of Red.
We are very proud to announce that our two Vineyard Wine Guilds took home a total of 20 medals!
Marilyn Chiasson (North Vineyard) earned Silver for Chardonnay, Bronze for White Aromatic, Bronze for Rose, Bronze for Red Bordeaux, Bronze for Red Other, Bronze for Dessert wine and a Bronze in Cooler and Mist, .
Steven Butt (North Vineyard) earned a Silver medal for his Amarone and a Silver in White Other.
Marie Wagner (South Vineyard) earned a Silver for her Pinot Noir in Burgundy style.
Howie Gillis (South Vineyard) earned Bronze for his Red Bordeaux
Bonnie White (South Vineyard) earned a Bronze for her White Other and another Bronze for her White Aromatic entry.
Charlette Neratko (South Vineyard) earned a Bronze for her entry in White Table Other.
Neil Bamford (South Vineyard) earned Bronze in Red Bordeaux, Bronze in Red Zinfandel, Bronze in Red Burgundy, Bronze in Sparkling Cider and Bronze for his Sparkling Wine.
Tom Corbett (South Vineyard) earned a Bronze for his Tannat in Red Table Other.
Congratulations to all the Medal Winners and to the Alberta Amateur Winemakers for organizing and running a great competition. They are also hosting the National wine making competition in September in Calgary.
For the last six months we have been holding introductory lessons for all the new customers who purchased our Groupon Offer of an equipment package and World Vineyard wine kit. It was a success so watch for more to come.
Give us some Skin
The new Selection International kits with grape skins continue to be huge sellers and now we have two more varitials in the line up: Italian Amarone and Italian Brunello. If you want to add some 'big' wines to your cellar then these are for you. Check out all six varieties at The Vineyard today.
On Sale for May at The Vineyard
Merlot and Chardonnay Vintners Reserve premium 4 week wine kits are $8.00 off the regular price.
California Pinot Noir and Washington Reisling in the World Vineyard series are also $8.00 off.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc in the value Chai Maison kits are $6.00 off.
Baron's Beer Kits are all $4.00 off
Take advantage of this great sales before May 31st.
What is It??
Can you identify the item in this picture? There will be two prizes awarded. Both winners will receive one of our Premium Selection International Skins kits.
This contest is only via our newsletter and the picture of the object is not on display in the store. Submit your answer along with this newsletter in person at The Vineyard. Then all of correct submissions will be placed in a draw to select the two winners. We will post the ANSWER and the winners on our Facebook page and Twitter. Contest ends May 15, Do not delay.
The Artful Winemaker
Now in stock. A Great Father's Day present ! The answer to space and heavy lifting associated with making a full 23 litre wine kit. This system is extremely easy to use and produces 12 bottles of very good wine. Wine you would be proud to serve. Check out the video and FAQ pages on our webpage: http://www.thevineyard.ca/the-artful-winemaker
"from the Vine"
The latest edition of Winexpert's newletter is now available on our website. You can download and read it CLICK HERE
Facebook and Twitter
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We continue to utilize these two social media. Join in the conversations and keep up to date. We would like to have a place where customers, winemakers and beer makers can share ideas, recipes, tastings and techniques. Let us know what you think.
The Vineyard Customer Reward Program
We have always rewarded our loyal customers. For many years now we have been running our 'Customer Reward Program'. It works like this: When you spend $20 you earn 1 point. Then points can be spent as dollars on your next purchase. Or, like a lot of customers, you can 'let it ride' and keep accumulating until you have enough points for that large purchase.
It is "pointless" to shop anywhere else.