Monthly Archives: December 2010

Merry Christmas from Wine Kitz Pickering!

Merry Christmas

The holidays are a time to enjoy good food, great wine, and the company of those you love.

On behalf of everyone at Wine Kitz Pickering, we wish you and yours warm wishes for happy holidays!

Please remember to drink responsibly.

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Image: Salvatore Vuono

Nuance Wine Finers – new at Wine Kitz Pickering (and 20% off!)

Over the past few months, we’ve done a lot of searching to find the best gift ideas for the wine lovers in your life.  Along with a selection of stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, we’re now thrilled to offer you the Nuance Wine Finer.

The Nuance Wine Finer is a 4-in-1 tool that will allow you to filter, aerate, pour and store your wine without any additional equipment.  Simply insert the fountain pen-sized aerator into your bottle and pour.  As you do so, 32 aeration vents will aerate your wine, helping to soften the tannins and develop the flavours, and the fine stainless steel filter will catch any sediment or wine diamonds before they end up in your glass.  When you’re done, replace the top and the finer acts as a bottle stopper to help preserve your wine. All that, and it’s dishwasher safe!

If you’d like to learn more about the Wine Finer, there are a number of videos on YouTube (both commercials and reviews) that will introduce you to its features and benefits.

The Nuance Wine Finer makes a fabulous gift, especially now that it’s 20% off as part of our holiday giftware sale.  For more gift ideas, check out our giftware section on the website by clicking here, or come see us at the store!

20% OFF New Giftware!

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, and we’ve got you covered!
From now until Dec. 25th, take 20% off any of our new giftware items in-store.

canvas 2-bottle wine toteWhether it’s a hostess gift, stocking stuffers, or a special something for the wine lover in your life, we have an assortment of new gift items for everyone on your list.

If you’re looking for a memorable hostess gift, add a bottle of your own homemade wine to one of our new 2-bottle canvas wine totes!  That way there’s a lovely tote for the host or hostess to enjoy even after the wine has been savoured.  For bonus points, add a set of wine Aerating Wine Funnelcharms or a pocket corkscrew into one of the front pockets – or fill the tote with a bottle of our new Orange Chocolate Port and add-in a dark chocolate bar for some real indulgence!

In terms of stocking stuffers, wine charms are always a hit -especially if you choose our new silicone wine charmssilicone wine charms for a neat modern twist in an old favourite.  If you’re looking for something a little different, we also recommend our brand new Aerating Pour Spouts and Vacuum Wine Stoppers.  These are great items for any wine-drinker to have around the house, and are well-received by oenophiles of all ages!  They also make lovely additions to a bottle of homemade wine (just tie one around the neck of a bottle using some pretty ribbon)!

We also have new Aerating Wine Funnels (a very popular choice), wine racks, and gift certificates that can be put towards the purchase of anything in-store.

Come see us soon, and we’ll help you pick out the ideal gift
for the wine lover in your life!

Wine Cellar 2011 Limited Release Wines

Our Wine Cellar Limited Release kits are always a huge success, and we’re sure that this year’s wines will be no different!  This year we are excited to bring you a Syrah-Grenache from France, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a Tempranillo from Spain.

The deadline for the first release – the French Syrah-Grenache – is less than a week away! If you are interested in ordering a kit, please call or visit us as soon as possible.  We will be placing our order on December 9th.

Wine Cellar 2011 - Syrah-GrenacheThe first release is our French Syrah-Grenache.  This wine is a blend of two varietals – the Syrah (also known as Shiraz) provides plenty of blackberry, clove, licorice, violets and black pepper notes, along with good structure and tannin, while the Grenache provides fruit flavours suggesting strawberry, raspberry and cherry, while assisting in softening the powerful Syrah backbone. This full-bodied wine can be consumed young but will show its best between 6 and 24 months of age.  It is a great pair to any meet dish, and will hold its own alongside stronger dishes.  Serve it with beef stews; Shepherd’s pie; beef stroganoff; pot roast; prime rib; grilled steaks; 2 year old Cheddar; lamb chops; roasted leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic; meaty lasagna; and rich bean based dishes.  If you can, this would be a GREAT wine to make and age for the holidays next year.

The pre-order deadline for the Syrah-Grenache is Dec. 9th, 2010.
Kits should be available in-store by the second week of January, 2011.

Wine Cellar 2011 - Sauvignon BlancThe second kit released will be the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  It features a fresh clean aroma of grapefruit, gooseberry, grass and fresh herbs. This refreshing, light to medium-bodied wine has exhilarating flavours of citrus, white currant, honeydew melon and herbaceous notes. Serve while young and fresh. A fabulous sipping wine for everyday enjoyment.  Enjoy with oysters; steamed mussels;lemon herbed chicken; asparagus salads; basil pesto on bow tie pasta;goat cheese and spinach frittata; white fish with fresh dill; summer salads; goat cheese with fresh baguette; halibut with a corn, cucumber and tomato salsa; and lightly seasoned vegetarian stir-fries.

The pre-order deadline for the Sauvignon Blanc is Jan. 13th, 2011.
Kits should be available in-store by the second week of February, 2011

Wine Cellar 2011 - Tempranillo…and last but certainly not least, we have our Spanish Tempranillo.  This dark, thick-skinned grape produces deep coloured, medium to full-bodied red wines with good structure and moderate acidity. The bouquet and flavours are reminiscent of cherry, plum, strawberry, spice, tobacco and earth. This wine can be consumed young but will show its best between 6 and 24 months of age.  Like the Syrah-Grenache, it will stand up alongside stronger meat dishes, and would be delicious served with grilled red meats; herbed lamb chops; lamb casserole; eggplant moussaka; braised beef short-ribs; meat pies; meatloaf; steak  and kidney pie; rabbit stew; and bean stews.

The pre-order deadline for the Tempranillo is Feb. 10th, 2011.
Kits should be available in-store by the second week of March, 2011

As with all of our Limited Releases, these are available only in limited quantities, and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Save 10% off our December Wines of the Month

December Wines of the MonthThe holiday season is here once again, and this year why not give yourself a gift?

Once again this month, we’re offering 10% off Tradition and Ultimate wine kits in our featured varietals.  With those savings, you can afford to indulge a little this holiday season (and with 30 bottles per batch, you’ll still have some to share)!

From December 1st to 31st, we’re offering 10% off our Traditional and Ultimate Californian Chardonnay (white) and Italian Valpolicella (red) wine kits.

Our Californian Chardonnay is a pleasantly rich and buttery dry white wine, displaying crisp green apple and Asian pear notes with delightful lemon flavours interlaced with toasty oak.

Our Italian Valpolicella features a fragrant, fruity, aroma with a soft silky texture.  Enticing aromas of fresh cherries and a hint of anise, as well as flavours of ripe, tart cherries, strawberry and plum.   Well-balanced by fresh-fruit acidity and a whiff of fragrant black pepper.

Come see us soon to learn more about these flavourful varietals, or to start a batch of your own!