September 2022 Newsletter

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September Newsletter

Hello Harvest Season!

It’s sticky season and that means our crush pad is going full force now, so please watch your step when visiting the shop!

Don’t forget, 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.

Our fabulous selection of September wine specials are exactly what you are looking for to stock up your cellars (or closets, or under the bed…LOL) for the next few months. All easy drinking and very food friendly! Check them out below!

Have you tried the NEW Niagara Cabernet Franc?
We only have a few left in stock! 

We are also excited to announce the RQ 2023 Collection Line-Up!
FIVE new wines to choose from,
with monthly releases beginning January 2023 through April 2023.

Take advantage of our early bird specials, where pre-ordering with a deposit will save you money! The more you buy, the more you save!
These wines are extremely popular and sell out very quickly once released. Pre-order so you won’t be disappointed! See below for our pricing and tasting notes!

There’s a new dessert wine in town! 
Try the NEW Gingerbread Cookie Dessert Wine!
Ready in 6 weeks, perfect for gifting, holiday entertaining and as a compliment to holiday meals. Only while supplies last!

Did you know we are THE ONLY shop on Vancouver Island that carries Festabrew Beers from Magnotta Brewery? These beers are the BEST, made with pure wort, no water added. Fall is just around the corner… time to start some Brown Ale!

We are currently updating this years Cali 12 Collection Line. The grape harvest is just beginning in California! Please watch next month for the portfolio of varietals and blends that we will be offering for this season.

Enjoy the last days of summer!

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

Italy Pinot Grigio
Opens with citrus, floral, and pear notes. Hints of citrus and green apple on the finish. The palate is elevated with its perfect harmony of fruit and crisp acidity.
From the En Primeur Winery Series Line.
Ready to bottle in 8 weeks.

SALE:  201.99
reg:  217.24

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
This renowned New Zealand wine presents soft hues in the glass. It is crisp and light, with intense flavours of grapefruit peel, freshly cut grass, and light oak on the finish.

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

SALE:  183.99
reg:  199.24

German Gewürztraminer
Herbal aromas dominate the bouquet, while flavours of lemon and pear entice the palate. The finish is crisp and clean. A refreshing style white wine.

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

SALE:  154.99
reg:  170.24

Italy Rosso Grande Eccellente
A delectable bouquet of sweet ripe berries, spices, and farm cherries, and firmly structured tannins. This assertive wine is bold in all aspects.

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

SALE:  208.99
reg:  224.24

Spain Grenache Syrah
A nose and palate brimming with spicy black pepper notes, dried dark fruit, earth, and a hint of tobacco, with a lengthy and elegant finish.

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

SALE:  208.99
reg:  224.24

Argentina 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:  164.99
reg:  180.24

Italy Sangiovese
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

The NEW Ontario Cabernet Franc is Flying off the Shelves!

If you haven’t ordered on yet, we still have a few in stock!

Embodying a style classic to the Niagra winemaking region, the ruby red Cabernet Franc is an unforgettable experience. Luxurious, food-friendly acidic flavours of cherries, blackberries and plums combined with toasty nutmeg and vanilla spices, bring this medium-bodied wine to life. On the palate, it unveils a round mouth feel with the bold tannins for a remarkably supported finish. From the Cru International line and ready to bottle in only 6 weeks! Limited quantities available.
Click below to reserve yours now before they are all gone!

Click Here to Reserve your Cabernet Franc NOW!

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

Gingerbread Cookie Dessert Wine

Every cookie and wine lover’s dream pairing.

Honey-hued and perfectly spiced, this aromatic dessert wine delivers a charm-ingly sweet, ginger biscuit taste with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar.

Best enjoyed after dinner or in a decadent White Russian.

Pairs divinely with dark chocolate cake, hazelnuts or biscotti.

Perfect for gifting, holiday entertaining and as a compliment to holiday meals.

Ready to bottle in 6 weeks! Makes 11.5 Litres.
Click below to order yours today!

Click Here to Pre-Order your Gingerbread Cookie Dessert Wine

Don’t Forget!
We also have four other delicious dessert wines to choose from!

Black Forest
Raspberry Mocha
Toasted Caramel

The cooler seasons never tasted so good!


Have you tried our beers yet?
Here is something perfect to kick off the fall!

Brown Ale

A traditional, medium bodied English style brown ale. Pleasantly roasted, medium bodied malt profile with low hop flavour and aroma and moderate hop bitterness. Slight yeast derived fruitiness.


Our Festabrew worts yield 23 litres of refreshing,
thirst quenching beer that is ready to bottle in 3 weeks.
With 9 other varieties to choose from, we have something for everyone! 

Cali 12 Collection logo
New 2023 Portfolio will be released October 2023…

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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