November 2015 News & Special Events

November 10th, 2015

Don't Miss These Special Events & New Releases

Nov 21st Winemaker's Dinner at Sooke Harbour House

Join us on Saturday November 21st at Sooke Harbour House for the first of their Winemaker's Dinner series. Chef Brock Windsor and his team will be working their magic on a world-class 5 course culinary adventure paired with some of Venturi-Schulze's finest wines, including our soon-to-be-released "Cut-Cane" Siegerrebe 2014, which must be tasted to be believed. Included in the menu will be our just-bottled second release of our 1990 Legacy ancient method balsamic vinegar, begun 25 years ago and aged in traditional series of barrels made of cherry, chestnut, acacia, ash and oak.
Cost is $150 per person. Reservations are through Sooke Harbour House and pre-payment is required. Call 250-642-3421 or toll-free 1-800-889-9688. Sooke Harbour House is also offering 25% off their room rates (subject to availability) on November 21st and are happy to arrange for alternate transportation to get you home safe! This is an adult only event.

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Special Nov 28 and 29 Events

We invite you into our home for a tasting of our new releases, including the 2013 Long Shot, the 2014 Cut-Cane Siegerrebe, the 2011 Brut Naturel and the 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve. In addition, you will be among the first to sample our just-bottled second release of the 1990 Legacy and our Maple Balsamic.
Appetizers will be served. Space is extremely limited and reservations are required. To avoid the disappointments of the past where people could not get in for lack of space, yet some who booked cancelled at the last minute or didn't show up (our regular customers would never do such a thing!) there is a non-refundable tasting deposit of $15 per person that will be applied to any purchase at the event.

There are 4 sessions to choose from: 

11 am, Saturday November 28, 2015 
11 am, Sunday November 29, 2015 
2 pm, Saturday November 28, 2015 
2 pm, Sunday November 29, 2015

Afterwards, you are welcome to head into the wine shop for a no-charge tasting of a selection of the other current releases.
Go to our Website order form to book now.

Gifts and Ordering Deadlines

Image removed by sender. Book tiny 6It's a perfect time for those of you too distant to visit (especially those south of the border) to have some delicious goodies sent to you or the special people in your life. We also have a gift wrapping service for $5 per package. 

Within Canada, the economical Expedited Parcel Post takes from 1 to 8 business days, depending on how far away you are. Xpresspost will get parcels to you in 1 to 3 business days days. Sending to the US? The most economical Expedited Parcel Post to the US should be sent by December 9 and Xpresspost by December 16. Packages to the US cannot include alcohol.   

Whatever your gift-giving budget, there is something special from VS's online store, from Michelle's small batch, hand-crafted jams and jellies for under $10 (such delicious combinations), our 2014 Verjus at $13.80, our wonderful wines from $16 to $60, and of course our Canadian Living recommended balsamic vinegar at $65, or the special hand-painted bottles at $71 (bottles painted and fired by local artist Terry Harrison). As a bonus, you will get an automatic$9.10 reduction on our $65 regular 250 ml bottle to $55.90 until Christmas. 

Also for the special people in your life (including yourself!) we have the exquisite 1990 Legacy at $100 and the Maple Balsamic at $59.90 in their beautiful wooden gift boxes.

We have just a few copies available of Giordano's book, The Pleasures of Continuity (paperback 8 x 10 version) at $85 - an excellent and entertaining read, including many family recipes. You will find it under the "Other Products" page.

If you are a case lot customer, come to the wine shop for special pricing or enter your member number in the coupon code box on the online order form. Email if you have lost your membership number.


US Customers

Our friends and customers south of the border have a very real 25 to 30% advantage right now with the strong US dollar. Now is a good time to visit and/or shop in Canada. Check with your credit card company about their exchange rates and any applicable fees.

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Check out our website Products page for all available wines, including the new 2014 Cut-Cane Siegerrebe, 2013 Long Shot, 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve and 2011 Brut Naturel (a must for New Year's Eve). Weather permitting, we can ship wines within Canada to current customers in provinces that permit it. Reply to get updates about your province. 
Are you a case-lot purchaser? Enquire about special benefits. The Siegerrebe and Long Shot will not be available for shipping until November 30. There are no restrictions on shipping products not containing alcohol throughout North America. We can include wines to many destinations within Canada by courier or Canada Post. Just ask.

We hope to see you soon. If you can't make it to the vineyard, use our online order form (there are separate pages for wine, vinegar and other products), especially if you are shopping for Christmas, and please do not hesitate to reply to this message with any questions or requests. 
The warm dry spring enabled perfect fruit set and the hot 2015 season gave us an abundant crop in spite of the drought (and no irrigation). We are excited that we have fabulous wines in the tanks and barrels to follow the stunning soon-to-be-released 2014 vintage. 
From our family to yours, we wish you all the best and thank you for your continued support in our family endeavour. 
Marilyn, Giordano and Michelle



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