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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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Vintner’s Reserve Ortega Release

 

 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we are releasing our first batch of Vintner’s Reserve Ortega! Our store will be open on Friday 6th October from noon until 5pm.

This is your exclusive chance to get your hands on this 2016 barrel-aged Ortega, as well as stock up on your Beaufort favourites in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Because it’s our very busy harvest and crush season, we will not be able to offer a full tasting room experience on October 6th. We will open the store PRIMARILY FOR WINE SALES, with an opportunity to taste the new release Vintner’s Reserve Ortega only. Looking forward to seeing you!

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National Wine Awards of Canada 2017

Such super news! We’re very proud to announce SEVEN medal wins at Wine Align’s National Wine Awards of Canada 2017. This year, the NWAC were bigger and better than ever with 1700 entries from 240 wineries across the country. It’s an honour to represent BC, and our own Vancouver Island, at such a prestigious competition. Beaufort was awarded three SILVER and four BRONZE medals.

Silver went to: 2016 G’Wurtz, 2016 Petite Milo & 2015 Big Nose Red (release date TBC). Bronze went to 2016 Epic, 2016 Ortega, 2015 Foch Cab & 2016 Vintner’s Reserve Ortega (release date TBC).

Well done to all participating wineries both on the island and across Canada!

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All Canadian Wine Championships 2017

The results are in! Congratulations to all of the wineries who were awarded medals in the 2017 All Canadian Wine Championships. Beaufort is pleased to announce 5 medal-winning wines this year across 4 categories. All Beaufort wines reflect our dedication to sustainable agriculture, as well as our passion for high-quality wine making; we’re proud to have our vintages stand alongside some of the very best wines in Canada.

Double Gold for Foch Cab 2015 (Red Hybrid Blend)

Silver for Beaudacious 2016 (White Vinifera Blend); Petite Milo 2016 (Single White Hybrid); Ça Beautage 2015 (Red Hybrid Blend)

Bronze for Big Nose Red 2015 (Red Blend)

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