The Vineyard Newsletter - Summer 2010
The Vineyard

A Very Wet Stampede day 2010

This last Tuesday was the first time in many years that the Chuckwagon races and Grandstand shows were cancelled due to weather. It was also the day my wife and I decided to go down to the Stampede grounds - and get soaked. Oh well, we still saw lots and ate way too many things on a stick. One reccomendation though, is the Western Oasis wine bar. Very peaceful, relaxing and pretty good wine. 


We are getting ready for some very special pre-order offerings which will be coming in early September.

 BUT the Pre - order deadline for the dessert wines and French Gamay Noveau is Tuesday, August 3rd.


Special web site offer:

If you pre-order one of either the Choclate Raspberry Port, Blackberry Port or the Peach Icewine - you will recieve FREE 1 dozen 500ml port bottles!!

These special port bottles are NOT available as regular stock and are only available with this offer.

The deadline to order your dessert wine and Free port bottles is August 3. The wines and bottles will arrive sometime after September 7.

So call or email to either location NOW - see contact info below.


Dessert Wines

 Chocolate Raspberry Port 

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

 Hugely popular last year, 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 - NEW 


 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%



 French Gamay Nouveau   


The Vineyard is pleased to announce a unique new red wine that you can enjoy young and fresh, like a white wine and is actualy ready to drink on bottling day!   


Our Gamay Nouveau, like France.s Beaujolais, is a celebration of harvest season. Fresh, lush and juicy, this wine is a bold purple-red colour. Lightly chiled it reveals bold fruit, with hints of banana, pear, candy.some even say bubble gum.and the low levels of tannin make it deliciously drinkable.

Each 15 litre wine kit wil include a package of 30 clear, self-adhesive bottle labels.


Sweetness: Dry (0) Body: Medium Alcohol by Volume: 12.% - 13% Oak: Medium (30g French Oak, 30g Regular Oak) Yeast: EC1118  

This is a seasonal release and there wil be only a limited quantity produced. We are asking customers to pre-order this very special seasonal red wine by Tuesday, August 3, 2010. French Gamay Nouveau wil be released for shipping on September 7, 2010.





Baron's Lime Lager - NEW 


 The Vineyard is pleased to bring you the perfect summer time beer:

 Lime beers are the most popular style introduced in years, and no wonder: nothing refreshes quite like a hit of citrus in a light, clean beer. But although citrus and beer seems like a new trend, it goes back  a  long  way:  the  iconic  image  of  a Mexican beer is one with a wedge of lime in  the  neck  of  the  bottle,  the  Germans drink  Radler  Pils  (beer  and  lemonade) and  the  English  drink  vastly  more amounts  of  lager  and  lime  than  they  do traditional ales. It’s time we caught up!  


Featuring 7.5 litres of premium concentrated wort to create a natural beer of outstanding flavour, Lime Lager is as simple to make as all other Barons beers. By applying modern brewing and packaging technology Baron’s not only gives you the convenience of no-mash, prepared beer wort, it also gives you the following advantages:

  • No boil just add water and go!
  • No sugar to add.
  • Fully mashed malted grain, for high attenuation.
  • Your beer will ferment dry, with no extract taste.
  • More than a dozen styles, all true to specification, all delicious!

 Style: American Light Lager Starting Gravity: 1.036-1.042 Finishing Gravity: 1.008 - 1.014 pH: 4.92 EBC: 8 IBU: 11

 We will only have a limited amount, so the sooner you get your orders in the better! 


a Note From Tom

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