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Pinot Noir Release & Holiday Hours

Contrary to what Angela Carter once proposed, anticipation isn’t always the greater part of pleasure. We can say that with conviction because… 2018 Pinot Noir is here and the wait is finally over!

Terroir—from the French terre, meaning land—is a valuable concept in appraising Pinot Noir on Vancouver Island. A narrow understanding of terroir will invariably include reference to the soil composition in a given wine region or vineyard. A more holistic comprehension encompasses a multitude of factors that affect a wine’s phenotype: everything from climate (sunlight, temperature and precipitation) to topography (elevation, slope and aspect), as well as hydrology, and even the scale and type of human intervention in the vineyard and winery are considered. Pinot Noir is a grape that, given the right circumstances, loves to tell the story of where it’s from. In cooler climates like ours, it’s a grape with a robust following and oodles of potential. We’ve been looking forward to sharing this one with you for a while.

We used 100% Vancouver Island grown fruit (sourced from Cherry Point vineyard in Cobble Hill) for our first ever single varietal red Pinot. In the glass, it’s more deep pink than red. The nose is all cherry cola, and cranberries, and those red toffee-dipped apples at Halloween. On the palate, Island acidity is a jovial counterpart to huckleberry, cranberry and clove. Some fine silky tannins add texture & just a little weight on the finish, balancing an otherwise bright mouthfeel. Aged in premium French oak barrels for 16 months. This is a Pinot to pair; try it with wild mushrooms or cedar plank salmon. This is a TASTING ROOM EXCLUSIVE; 2018 Pinot Noir is available online and in-store only.

12% alc./vol.
3.3g/l RS (dry)
93 cases produced
$29.90 in the tasting room

We also wanted to let you know that the winery store will be open on the following dates in December (10am to 3pm all dates): 4th-6th, 11th-13th & 18th-20th. While the STORE will be open on the above dates for wine and gift card sales and pick-ups, we WILL NOT be hosting tastings on-site this holiday season. Our tasting room is just too cosy (and the deck too chilly) to safely and comfortably host guests at this time of year. However, we still have a few virtual tasting appointments available — click HERE for details.

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Private Virtual Tastings in December 2020

We are very excited to offer virtual wine tastings in December 2020. Enjoy a private guided tasting in the comfort of your own home over Zoom or Google Meet. Virtual tastings are possible in all provinces that allow direct to consumer wine shipments from BC. We can also host a tasting for multiple households simultaneously; if you are unable to get together with your friends and family in real life this holiday season, we can help… all for the love of Vancouver Island wine!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Head to our online store to preorder your wine selection for delivery (6 bottles minimum). If you have friends and family in other houses/provinces who want in on the action, let them know what bottles to order and we’ll ship tout suite. Live locally? You can also pick up from our store on our open days in December.
  2. Once you’ve purchased your bottles, contact Katie (katie@beaufortwines.ca) to secure your preferred date and time for your virtual tasting. Katie will then send you a Zoom or Google Meet invite.
  3. On the day of your tasting, the choice of what to open is yours! A winery representative will host your tasting, guiding you through 1-5 wines (again, the choice of how many bottles to open is entirely up to you). Assemble your family (or your friend bubble) in the comfort of your own home with bottles, glassware, and your favourite wine snacks. At the elected time, we’ll call in and guide you merrily through your chosen tasting bottles.

While our wine store WILL be open on three weekends in December, we will NOT be hosting tastings on-site. Virtual tastings will last a maximum of 1 hour (depending on the number of wines tasted). Please ensure you have downloaded (and tested!) the appropriate meeting app. A good internet connection, that is capable of supporting video, is essential. Virtual tastings are FREE – all wine orders placed between October 15th & December 20th (6 bottle minimum shipment) can opt to add-on a virtual tasting. Virtual tasting appointments are limited. T&Cs apply.

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NEW VINTAGE RELEASE

Our new vintage wines! It’s a pretty good looking line up don’t you think?

We’re having to do things a little differently this year. But we are still going to make it fun! Pre-order your selection for pick up during our DRIVE-THRU VINTAGE RELEASE. You can access a pre-order form here.

Our brand new vintage (and brand new labels!) will be released on Saturday May 16th 2020. Pre-order and prepay for your selection, then swing by the winery between noon and 5pm on May 16th for pick up. No need to leave your vehicle! Delivery is also possible. See order form for details.

We know that you love having a wee taste on vintage release day, but that isn’t possible right now. Tasting rooms, as with bars and restaurants in BC, remain closed due to COVID-19. We truly cannot wait to see you at the bar again soon—we will let you know as soon as we are able to pour.

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Adjusting course

It’s May 4th. In any other year, our tasting room would be open by now. We’d be relishing the long and leisurely visits our guests similarly enjoy in spring and early summer. There’s always so much to catch up on, and so much to discuss as the vines burst into life.

This year is a lot different however, and we’ve had to adjust the course of our usual tasting room season. As with all restaurants and bars in BC, tasting rooms are unable to operate. It’s a tough time for many.

We really hope to see you soon, even if it’s from afar. Our ‘Drive-Thru’ vintage release is happening on Saturday May 16th. If you would like to pre-order a case for pick up, you can find out how in our most recent newsletter. Free/discounted shipping continues across BC and select Canadian provinces too.

Otherwise, our wine store will be open from Friday May 22nd. We will be open Fri-Sun from noon until 5pm for wine purchases only. Call ahead and we can prepare your order so you don’t have to leave your car, or simply pop in to select your own bottles. To ensure 2m physical distancing, we will be limiting the number of people in the store at one time.

We cannot offer tastings during this time and our picnic area will remain closed. Thank you for your understanding and we will look forward to hosting you all shoulder to shoulder at the bar when it is safe to do so.

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A note from the team at beaufort…

We are heeding the advice of the government and our health care professionals. As things stand, the tasting room will not open for the 2020 season on April 3rd as we’d planned. Similarly, we are suspending all private tastings. We will keep you up-to-date on this, as well as our new vintage release, across our platforms. A hopeful reminder that our vines continue to grow, and that we continue to tend them.

In the meantime, let us help you keep a healthy home cellar! We are offering FREE DELIVERY on case orders on Vancouver Island, between Campbell River and Victoria. Otherwise, we are offering a 50% DISCOUNT on shipping (1 case minimum) to the rest of BC and select Canadian provinces.

See here for more details on shipping and delivery options. You are also welcome to pay over the phone for pick up – we will shuttle bottles to your vehicle at a time that suits you. As always, mixed cases are possible for all our Wine Club members.

Thank you very much for supporting Vancouver Island producers now, and always.

Mark, Freya, Katie, Cohen, Jacinda, Dav & Linda

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end of vintage sale!

Hear ye! Hear ye! We need room, and you love wine, so we’re having a good ole fashioned end-of-vintage SALE!

WHEN: Saturday 14th March, 10am to 5pm

WHERE: At the winery

WHAT: ONE DAY ONLY & WHILE STOCKS LAST. Discounts offered on tasting room sales only. No holds! Feel free to send an ‘of age’ pal for pick up on the day. Usual Wine Club discounts apply on all non-sale wines. No further discounts on sale wines. There’ll be up to 25% off select 2017 whites & 20% off select 2018 whites, PLUS some extra special discounts on the day. Stock up and save! No minimum purchase for these fantastic discounts but stocks are limited. See you soon!

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Tasting Room dates in December

 

The tasting room will be open three weekends in December! Pick up your reserved winemaker’s case (see photo for details), or just a few bottles for the festive season. Either way, be sure to try our brand new Vermouth!

We’ll be in the tasting room on the following dates in December 2019: 14th & 15th; 21st & 22nd; 28th & 29th (noon until 5pm all dates).

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Beaufort Vermouth

After almost 12 months of research and recipe development, we are excited to introduce our first ever vermouth at Beaufort. Vermouth, a fortified, aromatized wine has its roots in ancient Europe, where it was originally used a digestive tonic. Bitter herbs, spices, and citrus fruit are often used in flavouring either the base wine, or the fortifying liquor. Often sweetened, though sometimes not, vermouth can be enjoyed solo over ice, or as an ingredient in cocktails and mixed drinks.

 

Ours is a modern take on an ancient wine. We fortified our base wine – a single varietal Madeleine Sylvaner – with vodka from Sheringham Distillery in Sooke. We infused the vodka with a secret blend of 11 botanicals including wormwood, rosemary, vanilla, lemon and juniper. Our vermouth is sweetened with natural cane sugar to off-dry. A real small batch Island vermouth – every bottle was hand-filled, and hand-labelled. Only 100 cases produced. Contact the winery directly for sales and stockists. And don’t forget that the tasting room will be open on the following dates in December; 14th & 15th; 21st & 22nd; 28th & 29th.

 

We suggest pouring a glass of Beaufort Vermouth over ice and adding a twist of lemon or orange for a refreshing aperitif. Alternatively, try Beaufort Vermouth as an ingredient in a classic cocktail like a Vesper Martini or, better still, a White Negroni. $32.00 +tax in the tasting room

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Organic certification at beaufort

It’s been a while; it’s been a wait; it’s been a lot of work. However, it’s been WORTH IT!

We have just received official notification of our organic cert, which makes Beaufort the first vineyard on Vancouver Island to receive organic certification. Our vines and crop lands are now FULLY certified by PACS (The Pacific Agricultural Certification Society) and we are beyond excited to share this news.

This is a big milestone for us, as it provides a solid verification for the work we’re already committed to in the vineyard. In the field, we’ve seen a steady improvement in the quality and quantity of our grapes. The soil, too, is thriving; teeming with earthworms and coming into balance in terms of nutrient levels. But we won’t  rest easy; we’re eager to continue to push the envelope of sustainable viticulture on Vancouver Island. And we will.

And so, with this new chapter for Beaufort as an organically-certified vineyard, we’d like to say thank you! Thank you for choosing to support sustainable agriculture, and thank you for supporting Beaufort.

 

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2018 Epic release

The wait is over Epic fans! 2018 vintage is set for its tasting room debut on Thursday August 22nd. It’ll be on the list all weekend so be sure to stop by Thursday to Sunday from noon until 5pm for a sip.

Showcasing Epicure from Woodvine Estate in Comox, with 20% Ortega from Beaufort, this 100% Comox Valley grown blend offers a great snapshot of our cool, coastal terroir. It’s bright, crisp and lemon-hued, and we can’t wait to share it with you.