June 2023 Newsletter

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Welcome Summer!

If you’re not ready for patio and camping season don’t worry!
We have you covered!
Save $10 on all Beers NOW until JUNE 17
You are only 3 weeks away from bottling refreshing micro-brewery style beer. Check out our 10 Festa Brew varieties below! Each batch makes 23 litres.
Sale Price: 106.00 – 110.00
The perfect gift for Dad!
Check out our specials!
This month’s specials are perfect for all of summer’s sipping activities! See the full list below…
It’s that time again! Fruit Season is HERE!
Can you believe fruit season has already started! We are up to our elbows in rhubarb right now.
Making cider, wine or dessert wines with your rhubarb is a great way to use it up! See below for more details!
Are you a Camper or Boater?
Did you know you can bag your wine instead of bottling it? We have two styles to choose from. Check out below for more info!
It’s getting hotter! Where do you store your wine?
Now that summer is here we have some best practices for you to store your wines. Check out below for some great tips!

Please note, we will be closed:
Saturday, July 1, 2023 for the Canada Day Long Weekend

We hope you have a fabulous June! See you soon!

Cheers from
The Gang at the Flying Fish!


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The perfect gift for Dad! 

Made from fresh-pasteurized wort is that it is brewed and prepared from fresh malted barley, hops and water in a state of the art brew house. Contains no adjuncts, stabilizers, or extracts — just pure, natural beer you’ll be proud to call your own.

These beers are ready to quench your thirst right after bottling. Each batch makes 23 litres. Ready to bottle in only 3 weeks!
Sale Price: 106.00 – 110.00
(fermented on premises)

Dry Lager
Blonde Lager (Quinn’s Favourite)
Continental Pilsner 
(Our Top Seller)
Wheat Ale
Pale Ale
Cream Ale
Red Ale
Brown Ale
Westcoast IPA 
(Derek’s Favourite)
Double Oatmeal Stout

Click this link to read the beer tasting notes: https://flyingfishwinery.com/beer/
Not sure which one to choose? Come on down and ask for Derek or Quinn, they would be happy to help you help you find the perfect beer!

*Please note, special bottles that can hold carbonated products must be used.

red and white wine in glasses on a picnic table.
Check Out Our Monthly Wine Specials!
On Sale June 1 – 30!

white wine in glass with bottle
Winemaker’s Trio White

This refined Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat blend exudes pretty floral aromas with hints of tropical fruit and lychee. Flavours on the palate include juicy pineapple, mango, peach, and lychee.
From the En Primeur Winery Series Line. Ready to bottle in 8 weeks.

Sale: 208.99
Reg: 224.24

white wine in glasses on picnic table with grapes
Pinot Grigio
Made in an Italian style, the bouquet reveals bright citrus and green apple aromas with honeydew tones; an exquisite balance of citrus and acidity.
From the Cru Select Line. Ready to bottle in 7 weeks.Sale: 189.99
Reg: 205.24

red wine on picnic table
A brilliant bouquet of dark fruits with subtle hints of oak, vanilla, and spices. Strong plum and berry flavours are balanced by moderate tannins on the palate.
From the En Primeur Winery Series line. Ready to bottle in 9 weeks.Sale: 215.99
Reg: 231.24

red wine in glasses on white slate table
Impressive aromas of farm fresh strawberries, violets, and vanilla framed with soft, silky tannins. Powerful notes of ripe raspberries, cherries, and dark fruit on the palate. A true French classic wine.
From the Cru Select line. Ready to bottle in 8 weeks.Sale: 193.99
Reg: 209.24

red wine pouring into glass with blue sky above.
Malbec Syrah
Malbec is Argentina’s best known and cherished red grape. Blended with spicy Syrah, it creates a wine with pleasant toasty aromas, hints of cherry, and dark fruit on the palate.
From the Cru International line. Ready to bottle in 6 weeks.
Sale: 172.99
Reg: 188.24


Harvested rhubarb
Fruit Season Has Begun!

It’s Rhubarb Season and it’s a bumper crop year too!
Turn your rhubarb into a cider or wine this year!

40 pounds (makes 23 litres) 189.99
20 pounds (makes 11.5 litres) 104.99

Please note: Rhubarb needs to be cut up into 1-2″ pieces.
Fresh, frozen or a combination of both is all accepted.

Our processing time takes about 6-8 weeks. Sparkling wines and dessert style wines are also available at an extra cost, please ask us for details. Prices include everything except bottles.

All products are professionally balanced and are completely customizable. Whether you are making wine, cider, dessert wine, or even sparkling wine, we can turn your harvest into something special.

*Please note bottles that can hold carbonated beverages must be used for carbonated products.

Call 250-652-8818 to book your drop off appointment!
Check out our website for more details and everything you want to know about fruit processing!


Fruit questions? Click here to email us!

Bagging your wine is a perfect way to save space for camping, boating and storage in small places.
We have 2 styles to choose from!

3 litre wine bag
3 Litre free standing bag with spigot and handles that hold 4 bottles each.
4 litre wine bag and box
4 Litre bladder bag with spigot that hold 5 bottles each.
(optional dispensing box available at extra cost)

wine bottles in rack with coloured tops
Wine Storage 101

Here is a little information about best practices for wine storage.

First, I’d like to talk about the worst places to store your wines. These places include the garage, storage shed or barn, trunk of car, top of fridge, laundry room, near odorous foods or in a room full of bright light (natural or not). If you are storing your wines in any of these places, right after you are done reading this article, please, please, re-locate your wine.

The proper temperature for wine storage is in the range of 7˚C-18˚C (45˚F-65˚F). Many wine experts around the world say 12˚C (55˚F) is the perfect temperature.

Temperature is hands down, the biggest culprit of ruining wine.

If it’s too hot, you will literally “cook” your wine and ruin it. Wine that is stored at too hot of temperatures will have a flat aroma & flavour and eventually turn into vinegar. When wine warms up, the volume increases in your bottle through heat expansion and will pop your corks out.

If it’s too cold, you will lose the acidic notes to your wines, turning your wine flabby and thin. This is especially prevalent in white wines. Do not store your wines in the fridge for longer than 2 months unless it’s a proper wine fridge with temperature and humidity controls. One of the jobs of the fridge in your kitchen is to take the moisture out of the air to keep your food fresh, which means it will also take the moisture out of your cork, shrinking it, and causing your wine to oxidize and leak out.

If the temperature where you store your wine changes drastically, from warm to cool, this will also ruin your wine. When the temperature fluctuates like this, it causes your wine to expand and contract. Expansion and contraction like this will cause your corks to pop out and wine will seep out.

You know that old baking soda box you have in your fridge to remove odours? Yeah, well the cork that is holding your wine in it’s bottle acts the same way! Corks will absorb the smells that are around it which can then transfer to your wine. Do not store wines near pungent smells (foods like onions and garlic, oils and gas, cleaning chemicals, laundry soap, etc) unless you want some interesting bouquet notes in your vino! A “summer rain scent” finish is not a good characteristic of wine.

Bottled wine does not like light, natural or artificial. This is the main reason wines are bottled in coloured bottles. The coloured glass acts like sunglasses or sunscreen for your wine. UV light will rapidly age your wine (just like our skin) and break down tannins, which is the backbone of your wine and what protects it while it’s aging. Storing wine out in the open like a living room or dining room with a beautiful picture window is not a good idea. While LED, fluorescent, compact fluorescent and incandescent bulbs emit a very low amount of UV rays that is safe for humans, it’s best to keep the lights off too around your wine collection.

Another thing that is often overlooked when selecting a good place to store wine is vibrations. Too much vibration can cause chemical reactions in your wine over long term storage. Heavy vibrations can cause the wines tannins to separate from the wine itself leading to flat tasting wine. As mentioned earlier, tannin is what protects your wines in long term storage. Do not store your wine on the top of your fridge or directly underneath stairs that are used constantly.

So now your thinking, this is great and all Melanie, but where should I store my wine??

I know not all of us are able to have an underground wine cave with a fabulous chandelier to cellar our wines in (although, that would be a great project one day, I’ll have to plant the seed with Derek, haha).

The best place to store your wine is somewhere cool, dark and away from constant disruptions, exactly where you would find a spider.

If you have a basement, partial basement, or crawl space, these would be your best bet. If these spaces are not available, a quiet, rarely disturbed closet should do the trick! If you live in a condo style setting, be weary of storing in your storage locker in the underground parking. Those places emit a lot of exhaust fumes that can absorb into your corks. Depending on how invested you are in your wine collection, there are some very nifty yet affordable wine fridges out there. These are great for having the perfect temperatures and humidity, and tuck away nicely in a corner…however, not all of us have the space or extra funds for that matter. Some of us like to spend our extra moola on wine, am I right?!

And remember, after bottling it’s important to leave your bottles standing upright for 7-10 days. This will ensure that the cork properly expands in the bottle and any air that is trapped, can escape. After that, make sure you store your wines on their sides to keep the cork plump and moist. If you leave them standing upright, you run the risk of your cork shrinking, drying out and then causing your wine to oxidize very quickly.

Wine is living and ever-changing! Make sure you give it the best life by giving it the perfect place to live and mature into something even more fabulous…

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A good friend brings a bottle of wine to share.
A really, really good friend refers you to Flying Fish Winery!
Did you know we have a referral bonus here? When you send a friend to start making their wine here with us, we will give you $50 OFF your next batch made on premises and your friend will save 10% OFF their first batch, or a  receive a FREE set of wine bottles to get them started!*some restrictions apply, see us for details*