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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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Pruning

 

Ever wonder what’s happening in the vines at this time of year?

Well, nothing much on one hand; and then, really, quite a lot.

During the winter months, the vines at Beaufort enter a period of dormancy; no leaves and no perceptible growth. And yet, this is a very important phase in the annual growth cycle of the vine.

Winter time functions as a rest phase and the vine, no longer generating energy through photosynthesis, slows right down. It slows down so much in fact, that a really hard pruning can take place without damaging overall vine health. Indeed, pruning is key to creating a robust and healthy vine in the following season, as well as a good yield at harvest.

Of course, there are lots of different pruning systems employed in vineyards throughout the wine-growing world. Climate, soil type, labour availability, grape variety and vineyard orientation are just a handful of factors influencing a vineyard manager’s pruning technique. At Beaufort, and mainly due to our cooler climate, we employ a technique known as cane pruning. Up to 90% of the previous year’s growth is removed, and a careful selection of shoots is made so that the plant can preform in the most desirable way during the growing season. Grapes grow on vines after all, and vines can be particularly vigorous in their growth, though not necessarily generous in fruit set. While great wine certainly starts with good soil, pruning is similarly key in mitigating many of the potential problems in the vineyard and in the winery. With pruning we can influence yield and ripeness, reduce the risk of disease, lay the foundation for a quick and efficient harvest, as well as limit the amount of work required in the vines during the growing season.

And so, as we approach pruning time at Beaufort, here’s to the shears – one of the most important tools in the winery! Well, after the corkscrew…

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A Vaguely festive trivia night

Perhaps you’ve heard the rumour already but… Beaufort Trivia Nights are a whole lot of fun! We’re hosting another on Friday 15th December, from 7 until 9.30pm and we’d sure love to see you. The theme this time round is ‘Vaguely Festive’ so don’t be put off if you’re a bit of a grinch – we aim for the perfect balance between non-seasonally specific inquiry and tinsel-related tidbits!

 

 

 

 

Teams of 4 must pre-register; contact katie@beaufortwines.ca to secure your spot. Free entry & lots of prizes. Over 19s only. 

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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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December events and tasting room open dates

Let’s hope we’re still a little ways off this kind of weather in the Comox Valley!

Our tasting room will be open on the following dates in December: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th AND Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, from noon until 5pm. If you have friends and family visiting for the holidays, we hope to see you for a tasting. Plus, we’ll have two special releases just in time for Christmas – 2015 Big Nose Red and our second and final batch of 2016 Vintner’s Reserve Ortega. Don’t miss out on these two eagerly awaited tasting room exclusives!

Pssst…. we’ll also host a festive Trivia Night on Friday 15th December from 7 ’til 9.30pm. As always, pre-registration is a must. More details to follow soon on that fun event – keep an eye on our Facebook page, as well as our Instagram

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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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SAIL CARGO INC information evening

Beaufort is excited to host the team behind Sail Cargo Inc. on August 3 at 6pm. You are invited to join us for an information evening at the winery.

In October 2017, Sail Cargo will launch a carbon neutral freight service between Costa Rica and BC – their mission; to facilitate an international network of carbon neutral transportation systems, focussing mainly on the maritime shipping industry.

Whether you’re an importer/exporter or distributor of high value commodity products, sailor, shipbuilder or a global citizen with a desire to see real change in how our communities engage with the issues around carbon emissions and climate change, we encourage you to attend!

To learn more about this exciting iniative go to: www.sailcargo.org

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