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Winemaker’s case 2018

Every year, we hand select 12 of our best sellers, award winners and new releases for inclusion in YOUR winemakers’s case. We hope you’ll enjoy sharing, and maybe even cellaring, some of Beaufort’s finest this festive season. There are a limited number of cases available, so call ahead to reserve yours on 250-338-1357, or email katie@beaufortwines.ca

The winemaker’s case is offered at the very special price of $231.60 +tax – a saving of 20% on tasting room prices* and shipping is available to select Canadian provinces. Here’s what you’ll get:


1 X 2015 Big Nose Red
1 X 2015 Beauhemian *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
2 X 2016 Epic *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
1 X 2016 Ortega *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
1 X 2016 Cab Franc *NEW RELEASE*
1 X 2016 Ça Beautage
1 X 2016 Franc Merlot
1 X 2017 Vintner’s Reserve Ortega *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
1 X 2017 Rosé *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
1 X 2017 Ortega *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
1 X 2017 Petite Milo


* Sorry, no trade outs, and no other discounts apply on bottles in the winemaker’s case.

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Tasting room dates confirmed for the festive season

Our tasting room will be open on four dates in December 2018. Join us from noon until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th, as well as Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd. Pick up your winemaker’s case, or just a few bottles for the festive season. And be sure to try TWO new releases: 2016 Cab Franc and 2017 Sparkling Ortega – a traditional method sparkler made with Ortega, and just a splash of Siegerrebe.

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A busy weekend ahead…

 

 

 

There’s lots going on at Beaufort this weekend (July 27-29th). If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy this glorious summer weather, the Beaufort picnic area is hard to beat. Our tasting room is open Fri-Sun from noon until 5pm. We encourage you to bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden after your tasting. Wine is available to purchase by the bottle – ice buckets, glasses and water are supplied.

***NEW RELEASE*** We’re releasing 2016 Ça Beautage on Friday in the tasting room from noon. As always, a 100% Beaufort-grown Foch blend with light to medium body, soft tannins and lots of ripe black fruit aroma and flavour.

***SWEET TUNES*** On Saturday evening (July 28th) we will host the Valley’s own Cedar Spoon in the garden for an intimate acoustic gig. Doors from 6.30pm, gig kicks off at 7. This event is FREE to attend and kids are welcome. Wine is available to purchase by the bottle – ice buckets, glasses and water are supplied.

 

Hope to see you soon!

 

 

 

 

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2017 Epic release

 

At long last! 2017 Epic will have its debut this weekend in the tasting room. Join us for a sip between noon and 5pm, July 6th to 8th. This vintage offers a perfect snapshot of our cool coastal climate – 100% Island grown Epicure and Ortega with a partial ferment in Hungarian oak barrels. Bright on the palate with lots of custard apple and pear to boot. Lemon-hued goodness that will pair perfectly with a bowl of crunchy, sweet and spicy pad thai. Recipe coming soon!

 

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Summer trivia on the lawn

Yes! We are hosting another one! Summer Trivia on the lawn is back – Sunday 19th August at 6pm. Pre-registration is a must so email katie[at]beaufortwines[dot]ca to secure a spot for your team of four. Space is limited and there’s always a waitlist. Don’t delay if you’re a real trivia keener! Free entry and lots of prizes. Over 19s only.

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2018 season in the tasting room

 

That came around quickly didn’t it!?

We’ve just wrapped up bottling the 2017 whites, and while they rest up in bottle in advance of their release date, we thought we give you a heads up on our 2018 opening weekend in the tasting room;

Join us from Friday May 4th, noon until 5pm for tastings. We will host our annual Wine Club vintage release party on Saturday May 5th (from 10am until 5pm). For more information on this sweet celebration, sign up to our newsletter (in our homepage footer) before April 20th. You will receive a special invite to attend, as well as a link to a pre-order form for the new vintage releases.

We will also be open on Sunday May 6th, from noon until 5pm; and every weekend after thru September (Fri, Sat and Sun from noon until 5pm).

So looking forward to catching up, and to meeting new pals too!

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Plant-based

Not all wines are created equal. This maxim provides a good jumping off point for a discussion about plant-based wines. Wait, aren’t all wines plant-based? You’d like to think so right…

In theory, grapes are the only ingredient required to make the alcoholic beverage we know as wine. In (and on) those juicy berries are all the compounds needed for fermentation; for the conversion of sugar into alcohol. In practice however, modern winemakers may include a host of other adjuncts during the winemaking process.

It’s odd to think about wine as containing things like casein (milk protein), albumin (egg white protein) or isinglass (a fish-based collagen); however, these and other such animal products and by-products are routinely added to wine in order to facilitate, in particular, the fining process. Although additions like albumen and isinglass are introduced and then removed from the fining tank, residues can remain within the bottled product, making treated wines problematic for people who follow plant-based diets. 

Fining is an important stage in the creation of top quality wines. Tartrate crystals, dead yeast cells, and other large molecules can make wine cloudy and susceptible to spoilage. While particulate matter will, for the most part, settle out over time, most winemakers use more than gravity alone to fine their wines before filtering and bottling.

At Beaufort, we do not use any animal products or by-products in our winemaking process meaning our wines are plant-based. Luckily, there are quite a few alternative fining agents available to modern winemakers, like bentonite. Bentonite is a harmless, odourless mineral clay that’s added to (mainly) white wine to help stabilize naturally present proteins. We use it, when necessary, in our whites and rosés.     

And so, if you seek to avoid animal derivatives in your wine, it’s always a good idea to ask: is this wine truly plant-based?

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Winemaker’s case 2017

Heads up! We’ve just unveiled the wines in our winemaker’s case for this festive season. Each year we put together a special selection of inventory and library wines, offering you a stellar discount on tasting room prices. This year, there are 12 different wines (no double bottles!) in our winemaker’s case to include:

2014 Shiraz, 2014 Ça Beautage, 2015 Beaudacious,
2015 Ortega, 2015 Epic, 2015 Big Nose Red,
2015 Ça Beautage, 2015 Foch Cab, 2015 Cab Sauv,
2016 G’Wurtz, 2016 Ortega Vintner’s Reserve & 2016 Petite Milo.

There are a limited number of cases available so to reserve yours for pick up over the festive season, just email katie[at]beaufortwines[dot]ca or call us on 250-338-1357. The winemaker’s case is offered at $226.64 +tax, that’s a saving of 20% on tasting room prices.

Sorry, no trade outs and no other discounts apply to bottles in the winemaker’s case.

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Private tours and tastings

While our tasting room is typically open mid May to mid September (with some select openings around the holidays), you can call or email ahead to book a private tour and tasting at all other times of the year. We’re eager to share our passion for sustainable viniculture and handcrafted Island wine – contact Katie for more information or to book a tasting: katie[at]beaufortwines[dot]ca

Thanks for the photo Lobby Creative Vancouver!

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Nanaimo Wine Fest

Oh hey Nanaimo! Katie and Linda will be pouring at WineFest Nanaimo on Friday 27th October 2017. This 25th anniversary event is open to industry partners and the general public and takes place at the Beban Park Auditorium on Bowen Road. See here for tickets!

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