The Vineyard Newsletter - October 2014
The Vineyard

The Vineyard Guilds Bring Home GOLD

The 2014 National Competition was held by the Amateur Winemakers of Canada in September and two of our guild members earned Gold Medals: Marie Wagner for her Red Bordeaux and Joel Falk for his After Dinner entry.

A total 15 medals were won by members of our North and South guilds. In addition to the two Golds we also brought home 9 Silver and 4 Bronze medals.

Our full time staffer, Marie Wagner, took a Gold, 2 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals. Lyman Warner is part time at The Vineyard and he brought home a Silver.

Congratulations to all The Vineyard Wine Guild winners. If you want to enter these wine making competitions and participate in one of our two guilds/clubs – contact us and we will forward your information to either the North or the South Vineyard Wine Guild.

Learn to Homebrew Day

 We will be teaming up again with our local brew club, The Cowtown Yeast Wranglers,  for the annual Calgary Learn to Homebrew Day on Saturday,November 1. 

We are proud to announce that our 'homebrewers gone pro', The Dandy Brewing Company, Calgary's first Nanobrew operation, will be co hosts.

Starting at 9 am in our BACK parking lot, there will be multi demos by local homebrewers showcasing the all-grain brewing process. Do not miss it.

 2014 Limited Edition Wine Kits

This year is the 25th anniversary of our Limited Edition Wine Kit program. We are proud to offer a great line up this year. Some are previous favorites along with one brand new offering this year. We are pleased to offer the 2014 LE series at the same low price as last year. And we are also offering a 10% discount to those who choose to pre-pay and pre-order online. see details below.  Deadline to order is 6 pm Friday, December 5th. Click here to order now.

 We are also excited to announce that this year we will be hosting two Limited Edition Tasting Sessions: 2 pm to 4 pm Saturday,  Nov 15th and 7 pm to 9 pm Thursday, Nov 20th. There will be information presented on the terrific Silver Anniversary 2014 LE offering. As well we will have some commercial examples for you to taste. We also will present some simple food pairings with each wine. You can go to and watch the LE 2014 videos as well as placing your order for these annually favourite premium wine kits. They are only available by pre-order.

 There will be no charge but we do need to know in advance those attending so we do not run out of samples. To ensure your spot please RVSP (do not forget to include the number of people) to . We will contact you to confirm your choice and spot. 

January 2015: Shiraz Viognier, Australia.

regular $141 pre-pay $126.90

This Northern Rhône inspired blend takes the spicy, strong and tannic red grape Shiraz and softens its edge with the voluptuous white grape Viognier.  These wines are a beautiful marriage of black cherry, smoky plum, and black pepper from the Shiraz and hints of exotic jasmine flower, ripe apricot and juicy peach from the Viognier. Enjoy this full bodied wine with grilled lamb stuffed with an apricot-mint stuffing or barbecued ribs coated with a sticky sauce.  If meat is not on the horizon, then try dishes such as grilled vegetable kebabs or portobello mushroom burgers. watch video

Short Description: Red Wine. Black cherry, smoky plum, and pepper with hints of apricot and peach. Sweetness: Dry Body; Medium-Full; Alcohol: 14%

January 2015: Mosel Riesling, Germany

regular price $136 pre-pay $122.40

Riesling, with its pronounced acidity and ability to mask sweetness, is a grape that is happy in a cooler climate.  Its notable flavours of lemon, fresh apple and limestone will encapsulate you with its tangy acidic kick and the soft, gentle sweetness on the finish to tie it all together. This wine loves food, and many sommelier often reach for Riesling as their wild card.  With this German example, it would pair beautifully with schnitzel, white fish, or simply a good book. watch video

Short Description: White Wine. Flavours of lemon, fresh apple and limestone and balanced acidity.Sweetness: Off-Dry; Body: Light-Medium; Alcohol: 10%

February 2015: Triumph, Washington

regular price $141 – pre-pay $126.90

Overlooked by Mount Adams and moderated by the Yakima River, this valley is Washington’s coolest and oldest wine region.  Despite this honour, its macro climate allows Bordeaux’s (or “Meritage” in North America) three big star grapes to ripen well here.  The Yakima Valley is known for its agricultural abundance, and grapes are quickly becoming recognized as the power houses. This blend of Bordeaux’s finest; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is proof that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  These three friends all work so well together, and each contributes their individual strength to the wine.  Cabernet Sauvignon, or “King Cab”, adds the structure with his firm tannins and adds complexity with his aromas of cassis and black currant.  Cabernet Franc adds spice, with his peppery nose and red fruit undertones.  Merlot likes to round things out with his approachable plum and cherry characteristics and his softer, rounder body.   Together, they really do create a harmonious blend. Think of dishes that warm your stomach.  Beef stroganoff in the winter, steak on the BBQ in the summer, or simply an aged cheddar for any time of year. watch video

Short Description: Red Wine. Cassis, plum, peppery nose and red fruit undertones. Sweetness: Dry; Body: Medium-Full; Alcohol: 13.5%

March 2015: Trio Blanca, California

regular price $136 – pre-pay $122.40

Northern California has some of the oldest vineyards on the west coast, with Spanish Missionaries planting back in the 18th century.  Today, the sunny rolling hills of the Lake County are moderated by the cool waters of Clear Lake, the oldest lake in North America.  With all of this history, the land is ideally suited for growing a variety of grapes. The three grapes that make up this blend are distinct characters indeed.  Chardonnay is the popular and adaptable friend with apple and melon characteristics. Chenin Blanc reflects the soil well in its chalk and citrus aromatics, while its acidity anchors its structure down on the palate.  Finally, lady Muscat with her wildly perfumed nose and distinctive “grapey” flavour gives the blend a refreshingly fun and juicy addition. This wine is sip-worthy on its own, but will also pair well with fuller white meats such as roasted turkey or duck, and exotic flavours like curries and south-asian cuisine. watch video

Short Description: White Wine. Citrus, green apple and melon with delicate floral and tropical fruit notes. Sweetness: Dry; Body: Medium; Alcohol: 13.5%

 April 2015: Super Tuscan with grape skins, Germany

regular price $155 pre-pay $139.50

There’s a reason artists and lovers flock to this area of the world.  Yes its landscape is arguably amongst the most beautiful in the world, but more importantly the wine is legendary.  Located at the same degree of latitude as Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, this area of Italy sees warm, sunny summer days and nights where the Mediterranean provides a fresh cooling breeze.  Winemakers have been making wine here since the 8th century BC and have decided to dedicate roughly 80% of the vineyards to red grape varietals. Super Tuscans are proof that winemakers are also rebels in their own right.   In the appellation of Chianti, where rules limited winemakers to certain grape varietals and practices in order to warrant official status, a few winemakers in the 1970s decided to break the rules and make wines that they decided were of superior quality, and disregarded the limitations.  Coined “Super Tuscan”, this full-bodied wine consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and the native Sangiovese, and has firm tannins, notes of cherry and currant and a long finish. Italy is the land of food and wine, so naturally these wines are a perfect match with food.  Try spaghetti bolognese, osso buco or a nice big wedge of asiago cheese. watch video

Short Description: Red Wine. Firm tannins, with notes of cherry and currant and a long finish. Sweetness: Dry; Body: Full; Alcohol: 14%

2014 LE Order Deadline is 6pm Friday December 5th. click here to order NOW

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