NEW CLIENTS WELCOME
Recently, we have seen an influx of new clients and we would like to say thank you for those referrals.
Please know, that we will do our best to take care of your friends’ wine making needs.
If anyone needs some convincing, here are some things that we do that are unique in our industry.
- Sommelier trained owner operators
- Custom made wines, excellent service experience and innovative packaging options
- Educated, fun and welcoming staff
- Sourcing vineyard direct juices from the Pacific North West
- Specializing in sparkling wines
- Extensive wine kit menu for both on site and take home winemakers
For a very long time, we have wanted to offer a locally grown wine, and it is not as easy as it may sound. After scouring BC’s Okanagan Valley we found a vineyard to work with. Lady Hawk Vineyard is located just outside of the quaint town of Keremeos. Lady Hawk has supplied Lang Vineyards and other notable Okanagan wineries and we are pretty excited to add the Wine Works to the list (we’re playing with the big boys now!)
In October, Blair and Fiona had the pleasure of picking just under two tonnes of deliciously ripe Riesling, a job that is far less glamorous than it sounds. It is hard and sticky work. We brought the grapes back to Nanaimo, pressed them and placed them into cold storage, as our tanks were full of Rosé and Pinot Gris.
Well, it is time to fill those tanks up again. If you are interested in a case or two of Lady Hawk Riesling, please contact us and we will secure your spot on the list. We only have 30 cases left so please, do not wait too long if you are interested.
Please tell your friends who have shown interest in your tank wines. We are looking to expand this program so that we can offer you more great wines, more often. Thank you!
Release your inner winemaker
The Wine Works invites you to participate fully in the winemaking process from beginning to end. Learn about wine yeasts, nutrients, acid balancing and the importance of temperature controlled fermentation. Be a part of the tasting panel when the wine is nearing completion. Join the bottling line when the wine is finished. During our last bottling party, we bottled 1200 bottles in just under 2 hours and we had a lot of fun in the process.
Reserve your Case Now
When visiting the store, many of you have asked “what is going on in those tanks”. Blair and I would like to invite you to our tank bottling party, you can see first hand what our tank program is all about. Feel free to drop in, bring a friend if you want, and join in the fun.
Back in September, we got a call from our grape broker telling us that we could not miss out on this wine making opportunity. Blair hustled down to the Washington/Oregon border with his truck and trailer. Wind Walker Vineyard lies on a bench high above the Hood River directly in line with Mount Hood Volcano. As he arrived, the vineyard workers were just getting started on our Pinot Gris. First comes crushing and destemming, the grapes were moved through a large auger like machine which separated the grapes from their stems and leaf matter. Two tonnes of Pinot Gris grapes were dropped into the press and juiced. The juice was then run though a chiller and pumped over into Blair’s waiting transport vessel. He then high tailed it up the interstate, cleared customs, made the ferry and the wine begins.
After establishing acid and sugar levels, we knew we had an excellent vintage on our hands. We conducted a slow, temperature controlled, fermentation to retain all the flavours and aromatics that were held within. The resulting wine has wonderful mouth feel and a long finish, it is bursting with flavours of ripe pear, citrus and baked apple.
If you would like a sneak preview of this fine wine, please drop in during the week. We would love to hear your comments. We still have a few adjustments to make, but oh, we are so close.
Please set aside time on Friday to join us for bottling, it will be an ‘all hands on deck’ event as we have over 1000 bottles to fill. We will have food, music and, of course, wineglasses, so that you can enjoy a sample of this extraordinary wine. If you are unable to join us on Friday, please contact Fiona to make alternate arrangements. The terms of our Liquor Licence do not permit us to store bottled product on site.
See you Friday May 6th, this is going to give a whole new meaning to TGIF.
WE ARE LISTENING! YOU WANT MORE VARIETY AND SMALLER BATCH SIZES. PROBLEM SOLVED.
We have been hearing from many of our clients that they are interested in making smaller amounts of wine (15 bottles at a time) so we have spent some time reviewing our industries regulations. Here is an excerpt from the Liquor Control Board.
- you may display a sign up board or similar device where customers interested in manufacturing a particular product can contact the other interested person to start and share a batch
The Wine Works is allowed to help clients connect with other like-minded wine drinkers to start and share wine but we cannot organize it, that is up to you.
This is good news for those of you who are looking to share wine for whatever reason, be it storage space, ease of getting your wine home or simply to put more variety into your wine cellar, now we have an option for you. Our ‘sign up board or similar device’ is located at the front desk. If you are interested in sharing a batch of wine, add your name to the list and when a partner is found, arrangements can be made to get the wine started. Simple as that!