October 2022 Newsletter


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October Newsletter

Only 79 days until the holiday season!

That means it’s time to get your wines on!
Don’t be caught without your holiday provisions! Check out our monthly specials!

Speaking of the holiday season… We are your one stop shop for holiday gifts! Make a batch of our dessert wines and have 30 gift sized bottles for your friends and family. Don’t forget to keep a few for yourself! 
Choose from 5 dessert wines, including the NEW Gingerbread Cookie Dessert Wine!
Ready in 6 weeks. Only while supplies last!
(pssst… the Gingerbread Cookie is on sale while supplies last!)

The CRUSH is ON!
Our crush pad is going full force now, so please watch your step when visiting the shop!

All fruit drop offs are by appointment only. 
Please book your appointment by calling us at 250-652-8818.
Appointments are booked no sooner than 3 weeks in advance of fruit harvesting.

There is only 15 days left to reserve your RQ wines!
FIVE new wines to choose from,
with monthly releases beginning January 2023 through April 2023.
You can still sign up for our early bird specials, where pre-ordering with a deposit will save you money! The more you buy, the more you save!
See below for our pricing and tasting notes!

We are currently updating this years Cali 12 Collection Line. Please watch next month for the portfolio of varietals and blends that we will be offering for this season.

Do you want learn more about wine and what makes a great wine a great wine? How about being a wine judge? Now is your chance! The BC Guild of Wine Judges are conducting a new accelerated wine judging course starting in mid-January! Check out their information below and contact them directly to register. This course is only offered once every two years! If you think you love wine now.. wait until you do the course! We loved every minute of it!

We look forward to seeing you soon and hope you are having a fabulous day!
Happy Harvest!

It’s time to get ready! The holiday season is sneaking up!
To make sure you bottle before December 23rd, here are your latest start dates!

October 17:

En Primeur Winery Series Reds

October 29:

En Primeur Winery Series Whites

Cru Select Reds & Whites

Cru Specialty Dessert Wines

November 19:

Cru International Reds & Whites

Heritage Estates Reds & Whites

Orchard Breezin’ Wine Coolers

November 26:

Festa Brew Beers

Germany Riesling Gewürztraminer
Apples, spice, with a slight minerality on the nose. Flavours of citrus, floral and honey linger on the palate. Pleasant acidity to balance sweetness. A triumph.
From the En Primeur Winery Series Line.
Ready to bottle in 8 weeks.

SALE:  218.99
reg:  234.24

Australia Chardonnay
A classic style Chardonnay that is clean, crisp, and rich in varietal character with fruit flavours abound.It is golden-hued and slightly tart while flavours of vanilla and cloves tantalize the palate.

From the The Cru Select Line.
Ready to bottle in 7 weeks.

SALE:  183.99
reg:  199.24

South Africa Chenin Blanc
The fruity nose has hints of green apple and lemon with a subtle floral bouquet. On the palate, true to its South African origins, it is delightfully refreshing.

From the The Cru International Line.
Ready to bottle in 5 weeks.

SALE:  154.99
reg:  170.24

Chile Pinot Noir Rosé
Bursting with the aromas and flavours of strawberry jam, complemented by raspberries, rhubarb, and floral notes. Juicy on the palate, it’s exquisitely balanced with a luxuriously smooth mouthfeel
From the En Primeur Winery Series Line.
Ready to bottle in 8 weeks.

SALE:  205.99
reg:  221.24

Italy Valpola
A fruit forward nose with aromasof raisins, dark cherries, and toasted oak. Notes of sweet chocolate, prunes and firm tannins grace the palate.

From the En Primeur Winery Series Line.
Ready to bottle in 9 weeks.

SALE:  208.99
reg:  224.24

California Syrah
Raspberries and peppery spice blend in harmony to create an elegant flavour with soft, balanced tannins and a lingering, smooth finish. This is a California wine at its best.

From the Cru International Line.
Ready to bottle in 6 weeks.

SALE:  164.99
reg:  180.24

Italy Nebbiolo
Perhaps Italy’s best loved grape from Tuscany, this wine is expressive on the palate with lively cherry fruit and a brisk acidity supported by ample smooth tannins with a deep andlingering finish.

From the Cru International Line.
Ready to bottle in 6 weeks.

SALE:  164.99
reg:  180.24

Holiday Gifts made Easy!

These holiday dessert wines make 30 gift sized bottles, perfect for all the special people in your life, but don’t forget to save a couple for yourself! They are as delicious as they sound!

Ready to bottle in 6 weeks! Makes 11.5 Litres.
See below for all the decadent tasting notes! Click the button to pre-order yours today!

Gingerbread Cookie Dessert Wine NEW!
Honey-hued and perfectly spiced, this aromatic dessert wine delivers a charm-ingly sweet, ginger biscuit taste with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar.
Coffee Dessert Wine
Typical of medium roast coffee, aroma of toffee, burnt marshmallow, and chocolate will entice you and follow through to a palate which finishes with lingring notes of vanilla.
Black Forest Dessert Wine
Bursting with rich aromas of red and dark cherry, this full-flavoured dessert wine style also has a hint of dark chocolate fused with plum and toasted oak on the nose.
Raspberry Mocha Dessert Wine
Ruby red with aromas of dark chocolate and coffee blended with ripe, juicy raspberry jam. Sweet on the palate with nuances of cocoa powder and coffee balance perfectly with hints of tangy acidity from the raspberry.
Toasted Caramel Dessert Wine
Intensely creamy and pleasantly sweet, this full-bodied dessert wine combines rich caramel aroma with the robust flavors of red fruit. The buttery caramel notes give this wine a roundness and texture on the palate that is perfectly balanced with rich toasted notes on the finish.
Click Here to Pre-Order your Dessert Wines


This course is for:

  1. anyone that enjoys wine and wishes to learn more about wine; or

  2. winemakers wishing to learn more about the components that make up a good tasting wine; or

  3. those wishing to join the BC Guild of Wine Judges organization.

This course is offered only once every two years. It will be offered in both the Victoria area and in the Vancouver area. Course size is limited to 17 people in each location and enrolment is based on a first come basis.

Rick Homer (Victoria) and Axel Kroitzsch (Vancouver) are both Master Wine Judges and Educators with the BC Guild of Wine Judges. They will be conducting eight (8) training sessions, taking place over four (4) weekendsin2023. Course dates will be Jan14-15, Feb4-5, Feb25-26, and Mar11-12(9:00am to 3:30pm)

During the course you will be provided:

  • –  the opportunity to taste and learn to assess approximately 100 wines.

  • –  wine judging tools, forms, laminated guides, and a course handbook.

  • –  daily lectures, exercises, tastings, sensory training, quizzes, and a final exam.

    Cost: $450 per person – (payable in November when requested)

    Additional Information: For additional information or detailed course summary contact Rick Homer below.

    Contact: Rick Homer
    Master Wine Judge and Guild Educator – BC Guild of Wine Judges Victoria Chapter Member

    E-mail: RickinVictoria@shaw.ca

    Landline (250) 384-7898, Cell (250) 208-1930

    To hold your spot (course size limited to 17 participants in each location) and be registered please respond to the email above and indicate your location preference (Victoria or Vancouver). Once you are registered you will receive additional information regarding the course outline, location, etc.

    If you know of anyone that may be interested in taking this course, please share this information with them.

Click Here to email Rick Homer for more information or to register!

Charisma Wine Line-Up with brightly coloured picture

This year, RESTRICTED QUANTITIES invites you to experience the magic of an expressive collection of alluring wines that will charm you at first sip but make a lasting impression with their magnetic power.
Deeply energetic, captivating and attractive, these five charismatic creatures hailing from Australia and South Africa –Vivid, Majestic, Alluring, Dazzling and Elegant are bound to enrapture you.

Pre-Order your 2023 RQ Wines and Save!
Mix and Match!

Each wine reserved requires a 50.00 deposit

Reserve One before October 15th: 222.99 each

Reserve Two or More before October 15th: 213.99 each

Reserve Five or More before October 15th: 205.99 each

Regular Price: 232.00 each

Click Here to Pre-Order your RQ Wines
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Grenache Syrah Mouverdré

Release: January 2023

Aromatic and feathery yet passionately intense, VIVID embodies new-world sophistication as the most distinguished blend in the room!

Charming with its complex red fruit flavours, this spicy Australian Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre extrovert is not only socially adored, but a fiery entertainer with a vibrant and invigorating personality.

Tasting Notes:
Spicy flare with a nose of juicy red fruits and ripe cherries. Smoked meatiness and chocolate flavour on the palate. Tannins are feathery and velvety smooth.

Food Pairings:
A sublime pairing for Braised Beef Stew, Lamb & Rosemary Pie or Chicken Schnitzel.

OAK: Medium
BODY: Medium

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Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Release: January 2023

Making a splash with its premium signature style, MAJESTIC swirls an instant attraction.

Fruit driven and regally crisp, this fragrant Australia Semillion Sauvignon Blanc sings harmoniously together. Beautifully balanced with a graceful succulence, never has a spectacular blend been so melodically intriguing.

Tasting Notes:
A fresh bouquet of ripe apples, pear and gooseberry with a hint of oak. Delicate grassy and herbaceous flavour notes. Deliciously aromatic with a medium-long finish.

Food Pairings:
An enchanted match for Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Salmon Trout, Grilled Garlic & Herb Prawns or Creamy Chicken Risotto.

OAK: Light
BODY: Light

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Release: February 2023

Velvety, sensual and romantic at heart, ALLURING sparks an undeniable attraction worthy of turning heads around the globe. Ripe and plush with a soft finish, this arousing plummy Australian Merlot pulls you right into the glass. Adored for its wildly popular taste and easy-going charm, it’s not surprising that this irresistible beauty captivates winemakers everywhere.

Tasting Notes:
Wonderfully fleshy with big hits of plum, jam, raisin and red berries. Gently spiced, silky tannins and a smoky oak finish, round out a phenomenally suave demeanor.

Food Pairings:
Pairs beautifully with Root Vegetable Pork Roast, Gruyère Potatoes au Gratin or Peppery Sausage Lasagna.

OAK: Medium
BODY: Medium

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South Africa

Release: March 2023

Distinctly striking and audacious, DAZZLING fearlessly claims your attention with its stunning profile.

Delivering an unforgettable smoky aroma, this uniquely famous South African Pinotage is proudly bolder than its predecessors Cinsault and Pinot Noir. Thrilling palettes with coffee flavours, you can expect this admired powerhouse to entice legions of fans the world over.

Tasting Notes:
Upfront smoky aromas, prunes and blackberries on the nose. Indulgent espresso on the palate makes for a remarkably firm and unique pour.

Food Pairings:
Impressive pairing for Coffee Rubbed Ribs, Braai Portobello Burgers or Beef & Mustard Seed Curry.

OAK: Heavy
BODY: Full

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South Africa
Chenin Blanc Chardonnay Viognier

Release: April 2023

Intriguingly floral and luxuriously lithe, ELEGANT upholds an impressive and well-balanced swagger.

This exceptionally bright South African Chenin Blanc Chardonnay Viognieris exquisitely adaptive and wildly versatile. Lingering citrus notes and herbaceous aromas inspire a stylish, respected and fiercely beloved blend that lingers long past it’s first encounter.

Tasting Notes:
Divine pink grapefruit, pear, peach, lemon and citrus aromas burst like sunshine on the palate! Floral undertones and delicate spice leave a nuanced mouthfeel.

Food Pairings:
Couple with Sage Butter Chicken, Pan-Roasted Lobster with Chive Beurre Blanc or Grilled Pork & Apple Salad.

OAK: Un-Oaked
BODY: Medium

Click Here to Pre-Order your RQ Wines

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New 2023 Portfolio will be released soon…

Wines made with 100% Unadulterated, Pure Juice.
12 week fermentation.
The next level of your winemaking experience.

made on premises

Ready to bottle? bottles with various shrink caps
  Call us at 250-652-8818
Click on the button below to email us your availability!

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