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Vintner’s Cellar Cochrane February 2022 Newsletter

Trivia Question

There are five major characteristics of wine- Sweetness, Acidity, Tannin, Alcohol, Body- but of those five, the most important one for whether you’ll enjoy a wine is Sweetness.


Answer is at the bottom of the last page of the newsletter

Cocktail of the Month – White Wine Margarita


  • ½ cup Chardonnay or any other of your favorite Vintner’s Cellar white wine

  • 6 oz of Frozen Limeade Concentrate

  • ½ cup of Orange Juice

  • 3 cups of ice

  • limes wedges

  • orange slices


1. Blend wine, limeade and orange juice until well combined

2. Slowly add in ice and blend to a slushy consistency

3. Rub margarita glass with lime and dust with salt

4. Fill each glass and garnish with orange and lime slices

Barrel Club

The Barrel Club is where we create a large batch of wine (10 kits which equals 230 litres) in our stainless-steel fermenters and then batch age the wine in a Hungarian Oak Cask, creating a high-quality wine with tons of character and flavour. Sounds like a variety you want to have in your cellar? Keep reading…

Just choose which variety or varieties you want to join in on and then give us a call to pay & hold your spot. Payment can be made over the phone to save a trip to the shop. Once it is sold out, we will contact everyone to come in to pitch the yeast. Just like all of our kits this opportunity will get you about 30 bottles of wine.

Italian Super Tuscan - Only 3 spots left

Subtle hints of vanilla with robust fruit flavor and heavy untoasted oak chip character add intense tannins to the palate. This wine offers traces of the old world that are big on flavor. Built with a strong back bone of acidity, this wine is better on the dinner table enjoyed with food rather than sipping alone. It is an amazing blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc.

Comparable Wines: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Cost for this variety is $238

Up next is our Chilean Malbec with skins

This 16 litre kit, with an added package of grape solids, are made with high-quality grape juices. The skins add phenomenal levels of dissolved solids and quite a bit of harshness in youth. As they age, they drop their rough edges and come into smooth maturity, and really replicate the finest commercial wines from grapes. With this extra level of solids and grape material, these kits aren’t for early drinking: they’re for laying down. As with all wine kits you can drink them much younger, but they do get better and better as time passes.

This South American favorite, offers a deep garnet robe that enhances the wines characteristics. The flavors are of intense, ripe, red fruits with a hint of cinnamon. The well-balanced oak only enhances the wines characteristics. Aging this wine for a few weeks in the oak barrel helps reduce the harshness brought on by the grape skins creating an exceptional smooth drinking wine you don’t want to miss out on!

Cost for this variety is $313.

Don’t hesitate, call or stop in today to reserve your spot!!

Wine of The Month – Malbec

This South American favorite, offers a deep garnet robe. The flavors are of intense, ripe, red fruits with a hint of cinnamon. The well-balanced oak only enhances the wine's characteristics.

Available In: Gold Medallion, Supreme Sterile Juice, 16L Varietal and 16L Varietal with skin packs

Malbec Food Pairings - Definitely a red meat wine that is adaptable enough to stand up to spicy Mexican, Cajun, Indian, Thai or Italian fare, with preference given to barbecue, spices and hard to pair meat-driven dishes, Malbec is extremely food-friendly and ultra accommodating

Referral Program

We have formalized our referral program to make it easier for you and those you know to save $10 each on your next batch of wine. Simply pick up some referral cards from our store, write your name on the back of the card and give them away to your wine loving friends and family. When the card is redeemed in store both you and the recipient receive a $10 discount on your batch of wine. Getting a $10 discount on your next batch of wine has never been easier. Giver’s gain!!

Pick up yours today and share the wealth with your wine loving friends.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part already – we appreciate you spreading the word!!

We will be closed

We will be closed on February 19-21, 2022 for the family day long weekend.

Answer to this month’s trivia question is the FALSE. While Sweetness is one of the characteristics of wine that many people have the strongest handle on, each of the traits in a wine affect the others - its all working together to produce a tasty wine

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