October Specials at The Vineyard
We are featuring the Selection SKINS wine kits this month. They are 10% off our regular price of $154.95
Six exciting wines: Argentine Malbec, Australian Petit Verdot, Italian Amarone, Italian Brunello, Sicilian Nero D'Avola and Spanish Tempranillo, all have a grape skin pack. Making a great wine and some added complexities. Come in today and take advantage and and these to your cellar.
Also on sale for 10% off our regular price during the month of October:
World Vineyard: California Trinity Red and California Trinity White
Vintners Reserve: Pinot Gris and Shiraz
Chai Maison: Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir
5 Exciting LE Wines.
After a long wait we can finally announce the FIVE wine kits that make up this year's Limited Edition program. As you know these kits represent the best of the best. If you only buy a few kits each year make sure these five LE's are added to your cellar.
Starting in January: Argentine Malbec Bonarda
REGION: Viñas Doña Constanza Vineyard, San Juan, Argentina Nestled in the Andes Mountains in western Argentina, the vineyards of San Juan get brilliant sunshine and little rain in their high desert location. The icy mountain runoff from the Andean snow pack waters the fine loamy soil to produce intensely flavourful grapes.
WINE: This Malbec-dominated blend exudes the new world southern hemisphere style of wine: deep reddish purple in the glass, with aromas of dark fruit, black currants and plums. A rush of initial sweet fruit brought on by the plum element turns slightly drier, reflecting more of a blackberry flavour, finally finishing with a hint of anise. The finish is quite long with dusty dry tannins and a hint of lingering black pepper. A rich, bold wine that will pair nicely with richly prepared red meat dishes.
AGING: Try to hold for at least six months before drinking. This wine will peak at 12-18 months and hold for another two years with good cellaring.
SWEETNESS: Dry BODY: Medium Full ALCOHOL: 13.5%
also in January: Argentine Torrontés
REGION: Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina Surrounded by mountain ranges, an average height of 1,700m above sea level, grapes grown in the Cafayate valley benefit from more than 300 sunny days a year and low-humidity mild weather.
WINE: This wine’s enticing aromas are strikingly similar to Viognier: hints of peach pit, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate it has a lush structure and vibrant acidity—and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity and floral this wine is still quite dry. Best enjoyed either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood.
AGING: This wine will begin to show very well early on, peaking between six and 12 months and holding for another six to 12 in a good cellar.
SWEETNESS: Dry BODY: Medium ALCOHOL: 12.5%
For February: Portuguese Aragones Cabernet Sauvignon
REGION: Vinho Mountains of Northern Portugal The Vinho Mountains of Northern Portugal overlook the broad, stormy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, capturing both the heat of the continent and the gentle, cool breezes that pass over them. Here, Aragones reaches its full potential at a high degree of maturity, delivering deep, intense grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon also thrives here, delivering surprisingly classic character.
WINE: The wine has an aromatic profile of mulberry, blackberry currants, black cherry and cedar—and in time, a hint of rockrose and spice. In the mouth it offers cherry and raspberry, blackberry and plum, with a hint of tobacco competing with the cedar notes, along with subtle vanilla and toast. Brilliant with lamb, duck, barbecue and aged cheeses, it’s also an excellent wine for sipping on a summer patio by itself.
AGING: Aragones matures early, making this tempting to drink under six months of age, but a year of patience will be well rewarded with more subtle fruit and developed cedar/spices notes; it will hold well for another two years.
SWEETNESS: Dry BODY: Medium ALCOHOL: 13.5%
In March: Washington Riesling Chenin Blanc
REGION: Dufault Vineyard, Yakima Valley, Washington, U.S.A. From Dufault Vineyard in the lower Yakima Valley of Washington state, this wine comes out of sandy-loam soil that runs down an extremely long south slope, ending in a drop to the Yakima river that allows for perfect air drainage. Hot, late-season sunshine and cool, breezy nights combine to make balanced, flavourful grapes.
WINE: Riesling gives boldly classic apple and stone fruit aromas, while Chenin Blanc provides more subtle melon and honey notes. On the palate it shows apricot, peach, green apple, quince and honey, with zesty acidity offset by a creamy mouthfeel and perfectly balanced richness. An excellent food wine, it matches well with grilled chicken, pork, and seafood, but it’s also an excellent sipper on its own, juicy, thirst-quenching and delicious.
AGING: Barely off-dry, this wine will be tempting to drink right on bottling day, but will show surprising flavour development over the course of a year, and will hold for two more years in a good cellar.
SWEETNESS: Off Dry BODY: Medium ALCOHOL: 12%
Last but NOT Least, April: Italian Nebbiolo with Grape Skins
REGION: Ghiardello Vineyard, Reggio Emilia, Italy From the Ghiardello vineyard in Reggio Emilia, in the foothills of the DOC Colli di Scandiano, Nebbiolo is a late ripener and produces wine of excellent acidity and high tannins.
WINE: This is a wine of rare subtlety. Redolent with aromas of tar, rose, mint, chocolate, licorice and truffles, and rich, spicy fruit. Hints of cherries, violets, black licorice, and truffles play on the tongue with long-lasting flavour and a rich, chewy finish. Serve with red meats, stews, lamb shanks or osso buco.
AGING: This gripping wine will begin to open up after six months, but the richer, more intense flavours will take at least eighteen months to show, with cherry and spicy dominating the long, fruity finish for five years or more.
SWEETNESS: Dry BODY: Full ALCOHOL: 13%
The Limited Edition wines are offered for pre-order. The cost is $140 for the two whites, $145 for the two reds and $160 for red with skins (Italian Nebbiolo).
Gala Food and Wine Tasting Evening
During the LE campaign we will be hosting our annual tasting and food pairing event. On Wednesday November 7th at the Kennsington Legion we will be tasting commercial examples of the five wines (of course the real wine will be handcrafted by you in the new year). There will be a specifically paired food sample to go with each wine. We are also very pleased to have Tim Vandergrift, Technological and Quality Control Manager for Winexpert Inc, as our guest speaker. Tim is a very knowledgeable and an entertaining presenter who will lead us through the wine and food pairing. He also is a wealth of information and will inform us all about the wines: from where they are grow to production of the Limited Edition kits.
Be sure you do not miss this event. It is The Vineyard's premiere event of the year.
Tickets are on sale now for $20 per person. The last day to purchase your tickets will be October 29th, as we need to arrange for enough food and wine.
Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
We are open all weekend. Saturday 10 to 5pm, Sunday 11 to 4pm and Monday 11 to 4pm
Enjoy the Holiday Weekend and remember; "Please Drink Responsibly"
Anniversary Party at Local Meadery
Our friends, the Ryan brothers, operate the Fallentimber Meadery just west and north of Calgary. They are celebrating their second anniversary. In case you do not know mead is fermented honey, of course it is not all that simple. Nathan and Colin have been producing awesome meads using the honey produced right there on their farm.
Saturday, October 13th they are hosting a 'party' at their meadry/farm, starting around 11 and going until 9pm. This will be a great chance to discover mead and have a lot of fun.
Formal Festivities Between 11am - pm
$20 entrance will be asked at the farm. Included is
- Tours from 11 am
- Mead wine glass for each patron to take home that will be filled freely during the day
- Calgary Based Viking reenactment group on site showcasing camp life, trades and combat. http://www.vinlandvikings.org/sonsoffenrir.html
- Live Music starting Approx 2pm
- Polyjesters, an awesome local band from Carstairs between playing between 4-9. http://polyjesters.com/
- BBQ food between 5-6
Be sure to take this event in, but if not you can always sample and purchase their Fallentimber Mead at the Kingsland Farmer's Market.