This month we are very excited to do the official introduction of the Eclipse line of wine kits. Replacing Estate, Eclipse is WineXperts Ultra Premium wine kit. Where suitable, several of the kits include varietal grape skins.Winexpert's new collection of premium wine kits: powerful, full-bodied wines of intense structure, inspiring flavour and stature.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. For the month of February we will have a Sweetheart of a deal on all the Eclipse kits. Just click here to get the coupon and save $20.00
German Mosel Valley Gewürztraminer A fusion of rich texture, robust aroma and exotic lychee flavour. Refreshing, with an intense and memorable finish. Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: None
Italian Piedmont Barolo Style with Grape Skins A burly and assertive wine with dark cherry iridescence. Intense and robust with notes of strawberries, a hint of dark tar, and floral aroma complemented by rich, earthy truffles. Sweetness: Dry | Body: Full | Oak Intensity: Heavy
Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel with Grape Skins Premium French oak meets spice to create this bold, rich and exciting blend of zesty aromas and ripe berries playing on the tongue. Sweetness: Dry | Body: Full | Oak Intensity: Medium
Lodi Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon with Grape Skins Oak and tannins, pepper and spice combine to enhance trademark blackcurrant and cherry flavours. Rich fruit and complex structure dazzle from first aroma to long, refined finish. Sweetness: Dry | Body: Full | Oak Intensity: Heavy
Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot with Grape Skins Light warm oak accentuates a spicy aroma with a soft, supple and fruity palate of plums and red berries. Rich, round flavour provides an elegant lingering finish. Sweetness: Dry | Body: Full | Oak Intensity: Heavy
New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Intensely aromatic, fragrant with grass and currant leaves, this fruit-forward wine casts long, robust flavours of zesty fruit with a crisp dry finish. Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: None
Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay Fruit shines through with citrus scents and tropical flavours in this fresh, well-balanced wine while its rich, round mouthfeel lingers to a long, crisp finish. Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak Intensity: None
Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir A rich, silky wine that blends notes of truffle, toast and herbs with black cherry and raspberry flavours and a hint of black spice. Earthy, well-balanced, and very food-friendly. Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium
Washington Columbia Valley Riesling Crisp, delicate and fresh with floral aromas, brilliant acidity and vivid fruit flavours of peach and apricot. Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: None
Washington Yakima Valley Pinot Gris Crisp green apple and ripe honeydew melon command this fresh and fruity wine with a velvety finish. A versatile, food-friendly wine.
Other February Specials
As always we have our monthly specials at 10% off up to and including the last day of February. Also check the next article on the Seasonal Specials for February.
California Trinity Red: An ideal blending of three of California 's most popular grape varieties - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, coming together to make a perfectly balanced, well- structured dry red wine. Notes of black cherry and coffee complement the smokey, herbal flavours, and hints of vanilla that round out this medium bodied wine , making it highly enjoyable for any occasion. Serve with a roast dinner or barbecued steak.
California Trinity White: A unique blend of Colombard, Sauv Blanc and Semillon, combining lemon and grapefruit aromas with rounded fruit, redolent of melons and frsh figs to round out this crisp refreshing medium-bodied white.
Valpolicella Style: Ruby red, this classical Italian style wine features rich, spicy berry aromas in a very dry wine with a medium body, perfect with Italian cuisine.
Liebfraumilch Style: This blend epitomizes the classic white wine style that Germany is renowned for, showcasing the Riesling grape with a delicately fruity bouquet and a lushly off-dry finish.
Pinot Noir: Richly complex with fruity as well as spicy characteristics, the strawberry-blackberry nose leads to a velvety full finish. Ageing uncovers further complexity..
Liebfraumilch Style: Delightfully fruity, thirst quenching German style wine. Perfect with spicy foods.
Seasonal Specials for February
We are pleased to offer on a pre-order basis:
Selection French Rose $130 With characteristics of both red and white wines, our crisp, off-dry Selection French Rosé is the perfect pairing for any meal. This versatile wine goes well with lighter dishes like salads and cheese, but can also stand up to spicy red meats from the grill. Serve this at your next barbecue for guaranteed happy diners, no matter what you're having.
Twisted Mist Pink Hard Lemonade $70 Don't be fooled by the pale pink hue - this Hard Pink Lemonade packs a punch. Fresh lemons mix with notes of pink grapefruit and candied peel, and a light sweetness softens the lemon pucker making for an easy-drinking treat. Serve this cooler-style drink ice cold on a hot afternoon.
Twisted Mist Lime Margarita $70 Tart lime and tequila flavours form the base of this classic margarita. A touch of sweetness offsets the sour citrus but still leaves that zesty lime explosion. Enjoy over crushed ice.
These three kits will only be available by pre-order. Do not miss out on these great seasonal offerings. You can email us at email@example.com or call 403 258-1580. Email is the best.
The Deadline to order is 4pm Sunday, February 17th.
Home Brew and Winemaking Competitions
The Vineyard is very proud to sponsor the following wine and beer making clubs. We also sponsor their annual competitions. Please help us support them.
The Cowtown Yeast Wranglers 5th Annual homebrew competition will be held on Feb 20-23, 2013.
The Cowtown Yeast Wranglers are a Calgary-based club of homebrewers and beer enthusiasts. The club was founded in 2007 and has now grown to over 170 active members, making it the largest beer and homebrew club in Canada. They hold monthly club meetings, which are held at the Wild Rose Brewery on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 pm (except in the summer months). Meeting activities vary, but typically they begin with a discussion of club business, followed by technical brewing presentations and discussion, followed by beer evaluation.
2013 Lethbridge Werthogs Wert Contest
Our good friends in Lethbridge are holding their annual homebrew competition at the end of February. For more details go to their website
This is a registered BJCP competition and is overseen by qualified BJCP judges. Beers will be judged according to the 2008 BJCP style guidelines found here: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/2008_Guidelines.pdf
The Alberta Amateur Winemakers are holding their annual wine making competition April 27, 2013.
You must be the member of a sanctioned wine guild or club to enter the provincial competition. Of course both The Vineyard North and South Wine Guilds are AAW sanctioned. It is mandatory that the entries go through local club qualification first.
The Vineyard Wine Guilds (North and South) are both groups of winemakers and wine enthusiasts who meet monthly to taste, learn and discuss all things related to making wine. If you are interested in joining please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org