RQ 2017 Announcement – Le Chateau Noblesse

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Each year our Restricted Quantities brand offers craft winemakers the opportunity to make truly outstanding wines from grapes grown in world-renowned winemaking regions.

This year we bring you “Le Château Noblesse” —crafted from the original noble grapes of France—these are classic French wines worthy of the most discerning wine cellar.  Craft winemakers often seek out new wine experiences from regions around the world.  But no matter what other wines we fall in love with, like old friends, we always go back to the original noble varieties of France: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.

Our  suppliers Winemaking R&D team has combined the best quality French grape musts with specialized varietal enhancing yeasts (new to these kits!), French oak and GenuWine Winery Dried grape skins, to create these four classic French wines especially for our 2017 RQ program.

 

The Wines!  

rq2017_elegance-detailL’age de l’Elegance  –  France Cabernet Sauvignon  –  Release date December 2016

Born of “accidental” breeding in 17th century France, L’âge de l’ Élégance has inherited its flawless balance of subtlety and daring from its wildly rich parentage. Complex and concentrated with spice notes, red fruit and vanilla on the nose. This is a rich, full bodied wine with structured tannins and a long finish.

M | F | D (medium oak, full bodied, dry) Food Pairings: Braised Lamb, Short Ribs, Aged Gouda, Chocolate Cake

L’âge de la Grace  –  France Chardonnay  –  Release date January 2017

Centuries old, cultivated by French monks, and named for the village of Chardonnay, L’âge de la Grace is a wine that is both simple and regal. Densely textured with a steely minerality and creamy mouthfeel. This is an unoaked Chardonnay with notes of citrus, honey and melon on the palate, finishing with crisp green apples.

U | M | D (unoaked, medium bodied, dry) Food Pairings: Chicken in Cream Sauce, Pasta Primavera, Brie, Charcuterie

L’âge du Luxe  –  France Merlot  –  Release Date February 2017

Named after the French bird Merlau, this late 17th century wine is the epitome of L’âge du Luxe, known for being luxuriously ripe and soft. Ruby red colour with aromas of juicy blueberries and cherries on the nose. This luxurious wine features ripe cherries, blueberries, a touch of spice, and soft tannins on the palate.

M | M | D (medium oak, medium bodied, dry) Food Pairings: Roast Pork, Herbed Chicken, Mushroom Tart, Camembert

L’âge de la Vaillance  –  France Sauvignon Blanc  –  Release Date March 2017

Named from the French word “sauvage”, meaning “wild”, this valiant vine once grew wild in France. L’âge de la Vaillance is refreshingly crisp and dry. Pale lemon colour with pronounced aromas of grapefruit, grass and gooseberries. This classic wine is dry yet invigorating, with flavours of citrus and grassy notes on the palate.

U | L | D (unoaked, light bodied, dry) Food Pairings: Grilled Fish or Seafood, Risotto, Vichyssoise, Goat cheese

 

The RQ 2017 Order Process

All RQ2017 releases will only be available for pre-order from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1.  Officially, the RQ program will be closed to orders on November 2nd and the supplier then takes our order to manufacture only enough kits to fulfill the quantity ordered.  We strongly suggest to our customers that they get their requests in early to guarantee delivery of their chosen wines.   Grape & Grain will usually order a few spares, but sometimes these all get bought up early.  there is no certainty you will get your kit after November 2nd.

When each of the RQ kits is released, one a month from December through March, the kits will automatically ship to stores where they will be available for pick up or In-Store production.  We will contact you as soon as they arrive (usually between the 7th and 15th of the month).

 

The Deal.

2016-2017 marks the 1st year that the RQ’s can be made for you right here.  Why not let our In-Store Winemaking facility be the birthplace of these awesome new wines?  It’s easy and convenient.

Pricing on the RQ kits is as follows:

Purchase any 1 kit – Price is $140 each

Purchase any 2 or 3 kits – Price is $135 each – Mix and match and save $5 on each kit.

Purchase any 4 kits or more – Price is $130  each – Mix and match and save $10 on each kit.

All kits come with unique labels to identify your wine and the vintage.  Shrink tops will also be included.

In-Store Winemaking Bonus – Each RQ kit brewed in house will earn you a $20 gift certificate valid towards your next (non RQ) kit brewed in house.  Make all 4 kits and you will earn $80, which you can combine to essentially get a 5th kit for free.

 

The Details.

French Oak – For the France Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: Quercus Robur Wine is aged together with wood to enhance the flavour, aroma and complexity of the wine through the extraction of substances from the wood into the wine. French Oak is very popular for oak aging premium wines because it is known to impart more subtle flavours and firmer, but silkier tannins than other oaks. French oak is renowned because, unlike other oaks, its flavour is not overtly “oaky”, but instead can be described as slightly spicy with overtones of toasted almonds.

Quercus Robur, the oak from which the French oak chips are made in the RQ2017 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot kits, is a species of white oak which is most famously grown in the Limousin forest of Central France.

Dried Grape Skins – For the France Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins GenuWine Winery Grape Skins are made through a patented process of gently drying crushed whole grape skins to retain original colour and nutritional integrity. The skins are processed to maximize colour and flavour extraction so that all their goodness can be extracted in a five or six day fermentation period. Grape skins will add smooth tannins, robust colour and rich aromas to your red wines, making them more complex and fuller-bodied. These bigger, bolder red wines will drink well while still young, but the goodness from the skins will also continue to enhance the flavour of the wine when aged.

Varietal Enhancing Yeast – After top quality must, yeast is the most important ingredient in our kits allowing you to craft flavourful and complex wines. For RQ2017, special yeasts have been chosen that will enhance the varietal character of the grapes to ensure your wine properly replicates the wines made in the famous winemaking regions of France.

During fermentation of grape juice, yeast produce small amounts of volatile compounds that contribute characteristics to a wine’s aromas and flavours. Some of the most important flavour compounds are called esters, aldehydes and ketones. Advances in the understanding how yeast control the formation of these aroma compounds has lead to the development of new yeast strains which can alter or emphasize various aromatic notes in the wine.

Yeasts in RQ2017 kits – For our France Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: Bourgovin RC 212 This yeast was selected from fermentations produced in the Burgundy region of France by the Bureau interprofessionnel des vins Bourgogne (BIVB). It was specifically developed for red wine fermentations to enhance varietal character by emphasizing ripe berry and fruit aromas. It also promotes good colour stability and extraction.

For our France Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc: ICV D47 This yeast is a Cotes du Rhone isolate from Suze-la-Rousse, France. It was first selected for its ability to produce quality full-bodied, barrel fermented Chardonnays and other white varietals. It is strongly recommended as a top quality yeast for white fermentations as it enhances varietal character, accentuating fruit character, and it gives the wine great volume.

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September Specials!

Special of the Month:

Grand Cru 4 Week Wine Kits – Wines of the Month

Red Wines – Cabernet Sauvignon and Vieux Chateau du Roi

White Wines – Riesling and Chamblaise

$20 Off  –  On Site Winemaking Deal – Make it here and save money!

$10 Off  – Cash and Carry Deal – Make it at home and still save money.

Regular Prices vary from $70-$75.

Make them here at the On-Site Winery and your prices will be as low as $3.65/bottle (for 30 bottles)  These kits can be ready in only 4 weeks.  It’s fast, convenient, and affordable.  Let us do all the hard work for you!

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Super Special !!!

Cru Select Carrusel  -Argentinian Chardonnay Viognier

$50 Off  –  On Site Winemaking Deal – Make it here and save more!

$20 Off  – Cash and Carry Deal – Make it at home and still save money.

Supplies are limited – Act now.

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Fruit Wine Sale (held over for one more month):

Orchard Breezin’ Fruit Wines:

  • Banana Pineapple Paradise
  • Cranberry Craze
  • Cranapple Celebration
  • Green Apple Delight
  • Blueberry Bliss

$40 each (regularly $60 – save $20), while supplies last, supplies limited – Act now!

September Bonus – Free labels too!

Note:  At our On Site Winery we can make any of the Orchard Breezin’ kits and have them ready for you in as little time as 2 weeks!  Ask us for details.

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…and something for the Beer Brewers…

HOP SALE!!!!

50% off Prairie Gem Hops (Manitoba grown)

Leaf Hops 1 oz (Cascade, Centennial, Goldings, Hallertau, Tettnang)

Regularly $5.00 – Now $2.50

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August Sale Wines

Here is a list of Specials we have for August 1st to August 31st 2016

 

Super BIG BIG Special:

Cru Select La Batalla

Spanish Tempranillo Cabernet Grenach

$50 Off  –  On Site Winemaking Deal – Make it here and save more!

$20 Off  – Cash and Carry Deal – Make it at home and still save money.

Supplies are limited – Act now.

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Special of the Month:

Grand Cru 4 Week Wine Kits

All Wine Styles

15% Off

Regular Prices vary from $70-$75 – you save $10.50-$11.15 per kit.

Make them here at the On-Site Winery and your prices will be as low as $3.65/bottle (for 30 bottles)  These kits can be ready in only 4 weeks.  It’s fast, convenient, and affordable.  Try us for your wines today.

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Fruit Wine Sale:

Orchard Breezin’ Fruit Wines:

  • Banana Pineapple Paradise
  • Cranberry Craze
  • Cranapple Celebration
  • Green Apple Delight

$40 each, while supplies last, supplies limited – Act now!

Note:  At our On Site Winery we can make any of the Orchard Breezin’ kits and have them ready for you in as little time as 2 weeks!  Ask us for details.

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On Site Winemaking is now here!

Grape & Grain has always been your friendly neighbourhood wine and beer supply shop. Now we are branching out into “On-site Winemaking”, sometimes known as B.O.P.’s (Brew On Premises), U-Vints, U-Brews or simply a “winemaking” shop. The basic concept is we can now provide you a place to brew your wine or beer. Our equipment is used for every step of the process, and we do all the heavy lifting and clean up.
Making wine with us is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!

  1. YOU START THE WINE OR BEER – Come see us anytime, pick out your wine, and start it up in our facility using our equipment. Mix the ingredients in our clean sterilized primaries, and add the yeast.
  2. WE DO ALL THE WORK – Transferring, stabilizing, degassing, clearing, and filtering. We do all of it. All you have to do is have patience for 4-6 weeks (2-3 weeks for beer).
  3. YOU BOTTLE THE WINE OR BEER – Schedule an appointment and come in and bottle your wine. It will be filtered and ready for you, bottle fillers, corks and corkers will be provided. Beer is not filtered, and will require a period of 2 weeks additional time to self-prime before consumption.

Each batch of wine makes 23 litres, approximately 30 750ml bottles (or the equivalent). Beer also produces 23 litres, approximately 60 or more 341ml bottles (or the equivalent). To make onsite, you choose your wine (prices will vary) and we add an ‘on premise’ fee of $50 per batch. Beer choices are limited to BrewHouse kits at this time, and our ‘on premise’ fee is $30 per batch. Corks and caps are included at no extra charge. It takes 4 to 6 weeks from starting wine to the bottling stage, and 2-3 weeks for beer.

Optional additional charges may include:

  1. Extended storage time beyond 6 weeks – $2 per week.
  2. Bottles – $12/case for regular 750 ml wine bottles. Ask for details on other options or beer bottles.
  3. Labels and Shrink Caps – about $4 and $2, but some kits come with labels.

To get started simply come in and we can answer any questions you may have about the types and styles of wine that can be made. All of the wine kits we carry have been tested and we guarantee their quality. Our suppliers are all Canadian based, but they source grape juice from worldwide sources—North America (United States, Canada), South America (Argentina, Chile), Australia, New Zealand, Europe (France, Italy, Spain, Germany), and South Africa.
According to the rules set out by the Liquor and Gaming Authority, the customer is required to start the batch in person by mixing ingredients and ‘sprinkling the yeast’ on a batch of juice/must/wort to initiate the fermentation process. The customer is also required to fill the bottles and cork the wine at a later date. An appointment to start a batch is not required, only to bottle when it is done. Call us – we’ll be happy to set it all up for you.

 

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Pictured here are some of our initial wines just getting started (plus a couple of test beer batches) from late May 2016.

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Scotty’s Beer Kit Competition 2015 Winners

Well, after many long hours, and countless glasses of beer, the winners of Grape & Grain’s first ever beer competition are in. There were forty-two entries in twelve different categories which ranged from witbiers to porters, browns to bocks, and even a few alternative grain beers.

While all of the beers entered were judged for their merits, we had a desire to try to add something darker to our line of Scotty’s Beer Kits. Extra consideration was given to porters, browns, and stouts.

Given that over half of all entries of among these three styles, you wanted some darker beers in the line as well!

So without any further ado, let’s get to the results and see what is going to be the “Next Scotty’s Beer Kit”

 

Grand Prize Winner receives one of each Scotty’s Beer Kit (including the new winning one) – 12 total

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Note: There were a number of additional recipes entered with this entry. The instruction variations will be included in the final kit so that any of these can be made.

  1.  Base Recipe
  2. Pirate Stout – Base recipe plus 7g of crushed coriander pods soaked in 24 oz. of Caruba Rum for 3 days.
  3. Galaxy Stout – Base recipe plus 3.5 oz. Galaxy hops dry hopped for 3 days.
  4. “Stout and Stocky” – Base recipe plus 450g of crystal 77
  5. Vanilla Stout – Base recipe plus 450g of crystal 77 and vanilla extract to taste at bottling.
  6. Raspberry Chocolate Stout – Base recipe plus 450 g of crystal 77 and 8 oz. cocoa nibs which had been soaked in raspberry vodka for 3 days.

 Due to the nature of this, we will be naming the Scotty’s Beer Kit – Six Stouts to represent the options that make this beer different.

 

Runner-up Prizes Winner receives 3 Scotty’s Beer Kits of their choice (including the new one)

Oh Leiterbock – German Bock (dunklebock) – by Sasha LaTour

Kate the Great – Russian Imperial Stout – by Andrew Stokes

 

Thank you to all who entered! It is great to see such a thriving homebrew community in our area and look forward to perhaps hosting more events like this in the future.