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Venturi Schulze

All our wines are 100% estate-grown in our Cobble Hill vineyard in the warm Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

We often give them our own whimsical names, even when they are from a single grape variety, so you can enjoy them without any preconceived notions. Each is an adventure for us, as we allow each vintage full expression with a combination of obsessive care in the vineyard and adventuresome spirit in the winery. Above all remains our basic philosophy of natural sustainability: no irrigation, no herbicides or pesticides in the vineyard, no chemicals in the winery outside of a small amount of sulphite added to some of our wines as an antioxidant to enable cellaring.

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  • $89.25The Pleasures of ContinuityOrder books from the Verjus & other products page

    Please order this and other books from the Verjus and other products page

    After a nostalgic voyage in the land of past Spilamberto, a small town in the province of Modena in northern Italy, and the vicissitudes of growing up in that time, winemaker Giordano Venturi fascinates the reader with many traditional home recipes, described with sentiment and passion and illustrated with photos from the home kitchen.

    The author’s opinionated evaluation of modern society and its proclivities are a breath of fresh air in a world of complacency and second-rate efforts. Here too, his writing is connected with food and the introduction of wine: starting a vineyard in unlikely areas and, against overwhelming odds, excelling in the production of quality Pinot Noir, sparkling wine and sweet, tradition-loaded dessert wine. All these efforts are accompanied by photos and told step by step with imagination, accuracy and verve: a reality “stranger than fiction".

    His short stories dovetailed within the text were originally published long ago in the Venturi-Schulze newsletters. They are sheer inspiration, detailing with entertaining prose many occupations and rituals that disappeared more than half a century ago.

    Balsamic vinegar is treated like something holy and precious: here the author delves into the details of tradition and modern trends, painstakingly exploring the differences.

    This book is about everything that matters, touching the heart, at times jerking a tear or two and inspiring reflection; well worth savouring by the fire or in a quiet setting at the end of the day, contemplating who we ourselves are and where we are going.

  • $2.50Wine ToteReusable, fully recyclable partitioned 6 bottle wine bag

    This handy red bag with the VS logo in white has interior partitions that protect each bottle. It is made of non-woven polypropylene, strong enough to carry six 750 ml bottles of wine, is reusable many times over (like the non-woven grocery bags) and is fully recyclable. Makes a great gift bag for VS products, too!

     

reds

  • $39.10Pinot Noir 2012Classic Pinot Noir elegance

    Our fruit forward 2012 Pinot Noir is characterized by juicy cherry and boysenerrry fruit character with a hint of cinnamon spice.  Ageing in 2 and 3 year old Nevers French oak barrels enhanced development of its smooth "sweet" tannins. Try with lamb and duck and salmon. With aging, we expect it to develop an affinity for heartier red meats. 13.3% alc.

    Keep in mind that Pinot Noir hates travelling and will sulk for a while as it gets over the bottle shock. Allow it to rest for a few weeks after shipping.

  • $26.10Rosso di Collina 2013light and juicy red

    We combined a portion of our 2013 Pinot Noir crop with Zweigelt and Dornfelder to create this lighter bodied red - great chilled a little in the summer for barbecues, pasta and casual dining. Aged in two and three year old French oak barrels. 12% alc.

whites

  • $25.10Cut-Cane Siegerrebe 2014inspirational, aromatic dry white
    Release date November 28, 2015. Cut-cane refers to a technique we used on a portion of our 2014 Siegerrebe. The canes bearing the fruit, clipped to the trellis wires, were cut from the vine and the fruit was allowed to dehydrate and concentrate in the vineyard before harvest. The result is intense tropical fruit aromas and flavours with hints of herb and spice. Outstanding! 12.8% alc.
  • $25.10Long Shot 2013Giordano's enological adventure

    New Release! Combining our low-yielding petits grains Pinot Gris and late harvested Kerner satisfied winemaker Giordan' Venturi's yearning for an enological adventure - delicious! 12.7% alc.

  • $23.10Millefiori 2014bright and aromatic dry white

    Our dry aromatic white 2014 Millefiori (a thousand flowers) is an extremely versatile food pairing wine combining Siegerrebe and Ortega. It is dominated by floral notes and bright tropical fruit character and has a delicious bright acidity reminischent of grapefruit. 12% alc.

  • $23.10Ortega 2013dry white with aromas and flavours reminischent of stone fruit and grapefruit

    This dry white has the typical Ortega "grapey" aromas and flavours reminiscent of stone fruit and grapefruit zest plus very subtle hints of coconut and fig. Finishes with moderate acidity - a versatile food pairing wine. 12.3% alcohol.

  • $18.10Piccolo 2013Elegant aromatic white

    A delicious experimental combination of our Siegerrebe and Kerner featured by the glass at Fable Kitchen restaurant in Vancouver. Light, aromatic slightly off-dry with a bright finish. 11.3% alcohol.

  • $20.10Primavera 2013light, juicy, delicious dry white

    A delicious combination of our Schönburger, Ortega and a kiss of Chasselas. This light and refreshing fruity white wine with grapefruit/mandarin-like citrus acidity is balanced by a touch of sweetness. Great for alfresco dining. Alc. 11.8%

  • $26.10Sassi 2012Juicy, partially delicately oaked dry white

    This combination of Pinot Gris and Ortega displays a round and juicy palate reminiscent of stone fruit and green apple. It has distinctive minerality and is supported by bright acidity with hints of smoke and nutmeg from a portion aged in French oak. 14.3% aclohol

  • $18.60Schönburger 2012dry white with subtle spice, roses & mandarin

    This Schönburger has typical cool season aromas and flavours of subtle spice and mandarin with a softer edge from teh long hang time in the extended 2012 autumn. Serve it young with fresh oysters and light dishes. As it ages, it develops an affinity for more earthy winter flavours. 12.7% alc.

  • $28.10Terracotta 2014deep golden complexity

    This limited deep golden dry wine is dominated by flavours reminiscent of apricots, subtle hints of coconut and beguiling herbal notes. Try with Indian cuisine utilizing cumin or nutty cheeses. 13.6% alc/vol

  • $28.10The Bad Boys 2013the Bad Boys are back in town

    The Bad Boys first appeared in 2007 when our three red varieties burst onto the scene masquerading as a white wine. Now the 2013 Pinot Noir clones have broken away to form their own gang, taken on a a slight blush, taking the law into their own hands and really shaking things up!

    Join the fun and create a culinary adventure, and don't forget to send us recipes for unforgettable pairings! 12.8% alc.

rosé

  • $26.10Maranello 2011Racy dry rosé

    Maranello is a village a few km from Giordano's home town in Italy and the home of Ferrari - an apt name for our beautiful racy 2011 rosé primarily based on Pinot Noir. Aromas and flavours of juicy wild raspberries and ripe apples with some dark Pinot notes are followed by racy acidity on the finish. 12.6% alc.

sparkling

  • $19.00Brut Naturel 2010, half bottledry, classic fine bottle-fermented sparkling

    The 2009 is another outstanding vintage of the Brut Naturel, our delicious dry bottle-fermented sparkling with gentle, but persistent bubbles and smooth texture. As usual, we did not add any sulphites or additional sweetness. This cuvée was composed from Pinot Auxerrois and Pinot Gris. Delicious! 12.5% alcohol.
    It is sealed with a crown cap instead of a cork to better preserve the quality of the wine..

  • $32.10Brut Naturel 2012dry, classic fine bottle-fermented sparkling

    This is our 22nd consecutive vintage of Venturi-Schulze Brut Naturel, our delicious dry bottle-fermented (traditional method) sparkling. We celebrate that each vintage is a 100% estate-grown unique expression of the season and our terroir. This vintage combines Pinot Auxerrois with a hint of Pinot Gris. It is delicious with a wide range of appetizers, including oysters on the half shell, and main courses

    As usual, it is sealed with a crown cap instead of a cork to better preserve the quality of the wine.12.5% alc.

  • $36.10Brut Naturel Rosé 2014.... irresistible

    This is our first traditional method bottle-fermented rosé since 2000. We created this  completely dry bubbly from our Zweigelt grapes (the most widely planted red in Austria). No sulphites were added and no fining agents were used. It has an irresistible pale pink colour and is becoming a favourite for those longing for a pure, natural and unique wine adventure. Our first feedback from a restaurant manager: "Everyone here loved it! .... we had it with good French Goat Cheese and green apples and strawberries and we are hooked!"
    12.5% alc.

  • $28.10Sole Rossodry, ruby red bottle-fermented semi-sparkling

    This dry bright ruby red bottle-fermented semi-sparkling wine was created from Pinot Noir and Zweigelt. With its mild effervescence, bright berry fruit aromas and well balanced palate, it will add a sparkle to any occasion and is a natural for those summer get togethers with friends when even a barbecue deserves a great wine.
    12.7% alcohol. Sealed with a crown cap instead of a cork to better preserve the quality of the wine.

dessert

  • $35.60Brandenburg No.3 2011sweet; amber; rich; earthy caramel/coffee notes

    This sweet amber wine is named for the No.3 Brandenburg concerto. Its rich, earthy, smoky, caramel-coffee notes pair wonderfully with foie gras, charcuterie, a cheese and hazelnut platter and, for the more adventurous, spice-crusted duck in a heart-stopping coffee cocoa sauce. Also wonderful with the Five Spice Crème Brulée and the Orange Hazelnut Fennel Biscotti on our Recipes page. This vintage is sterile filtered in a tall antique green bottle with a Stelvin screw cap. The 2011 vintage is light amber in colour with a bright finish that perfectly balances the sweetness.

    The No.3 has had no sulphites or preservatives added. 8.4% alcohol.

    REFRIGERATE AFTER OPENING

For more recipes, visit: www.venturischulze.com/recipes