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March 2012

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Inside this issue:

Managers Pick of the Month Current Special

Managers Pick of the Month

1 2 Daves pick of the month is the Cru Select California Hang Ten. Dave recommends this lovely white wine to any customer that wants a light and refreshing high-end wine that they can share with their friends and family during the warm spring and summer months. Says Dave, I like the light, smooth taste with hints of pear & its a nice pale straw colour! The California Hang Ten is an incredible blend of Muscat, Symphony, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, making it a perfect spring drinking wine. A luscious blend with flavours and aromas of peach, apricot, baked apple, and pear, this soft white wine also has a hint of tropic fruit Oak: 0 - Body: 3 - Sweetness: 0

New Fruit Wines Beer Special

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$100 until March 31, 2012


Spotlight Wine Feature Recipe Mixologists Corner Happenings

Spring into Savings Special

From now until March 31, 2012, we will make any Cru Orchard Breezin wine kit you purchase from us for $32.50. If you are a make-it-at-home customer, receive free corks with every purchase of a Cru Orchard Breezin kit! Let Cru Orchard Breezin wine whisk you away from the ordinary. Subtle fruit flavours are blended with your favorite wine varietals creating a perfectly balanced wine thats not too sweet or not too dry! Perfect for entertaining family and friends.

Dont forget to try our latest flavours:

Apple Pomegranate *Free labels included with this kit Blood Orange *Free labels included with this kit

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Cellar Notes

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RQ 2011: A Time for Discovery

Each year, Cru Select offers winemakers outstanding new and exciting wines from the worlds leading vineyards. Discerning winemakers eagerly anticipate the Restricted Quantities (RQ) announcement so they can stock their wine cellars with these exceptional and distinctive vintages. These wines have become known as benchmarks of quality for the wine-making industry. RJ Spagnols is particularly proud of this years selection of Restricted Quantities wines: Hang Ten, Toro, Tango, Down Under Shiraz and Down Under
Syrah! We guarantee that you will be proud to craft and serve these wines as well.

Down Under Shiraz - March

A significant expression of Australian culture, the Down Under Shiraz is a unique and diverse blend of smooth tannins with intense fruit flavors!. The Australian people have gained global attention for their irreverent sense of humour paired with a regal sense of pride. The unique red, rich, fruit flavours are topped with aromas of red currants, Additional Info chokeberry with hints of sour cherry and cherry. Dried fruit notes are present Pair your Down Under Shiraz in the nose and dried prunes or figs in taste. This red includes GenuWine Dried with Osso Buco, Grilled Cabernet-Merlot Grape Skins. Prime Steaks, or old Cheddar cheese!! Oak: 3 - Body: 4 - Sweetness: 0

Australian Culture
Australian is credited for the walkabout, a right of passage where one goes into the outback for up to six months. Australia is a perfect blend of aborigine tradition and Western culture! Australian is a multicultural hub in the South Pacific and balances its Western influences with aborigine traditions and Asian influences. Australia is well known for its egalitarian social system, everyone is equal, which strongly contributes to its laid-back and relaxed lifestyle. Australians are passionate about sports: surfing, rugby and football are favorites!

Australian Food
Australian cuisine is a mix of European, due to the heavy influence of British settlers, and native cuisine fused with Asian fare Fresh produce is readily available through Australia and is used extensively in meals. Areas close to the coast enjoy fresh fish and seafood frequently. Because Australias climate is well-suited for barbecues, grilled meats, in particular, sausage, are a favorite!

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Free bag of priming sugar

***with purchase of any canned beer kit.
Special ends on March 18, 2012.

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Spotlight on Shiraz
Shiraz, also known as Syrah, is one of the Valley Wine Cellars favorite varietals. Early spring is an excellent time to indulge your senses in a glass of rich and spicy Shiraz. The Shiraz grape is a dark -skinned grape that is grown literally all over the world. Shiraz originates from southeastern France and is typically grown in stony granite soil. Shiraz is often referred to as Syrah in France and other European countries as well as California, and South American countries such as Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay No matter what world region the grape is grown, Syrah/Shiraz produces a bold red wine. Overall, Syrah/Shiraz is often described as powerful and bold, with flavours of violets, dark berries, and chocolate, coffee and peppery notes. Blackberry and pepper are common aromas associated with Shiraz. This spring, enjoy Shiraz at room temperature with grilled meats or a cheese plate filled with Gouda, Gorgonzola, Havarti, Gruyere, Smoked Swiss, and Smoked Cheddar .

We offer the following Shiraz wines: Heritage Estates Shiraz - $55 GCI California Syrah - $79 Premier Cru Australian Shiraz - $95 Cru Select Australian Shiraz - $100 Cru Select Australian Cabernet Shiraz Merlot - $100 Cellar Classic Winery Series California Syrah - $122 Cellar Classic Winery Series French Grenache Syrah - $122 En Primeur Australian Shiraz - $138

Recipe of the Month - Ossobuco

Ingredients: 6 Veal shanks 1 medium onion, chopped 1 Bay leaf 4 tbsp butter 1 tsp grated lemon rind 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp sugar 2 tbsp grated Romano cheese 3 tbsp olive oil 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup chopped celery and carrots 1 can whole tomatoes 1 can tomato sauce 1/4 tsp black pepper, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, basil 1 cup red wine Instructions: Saut onion, celery, carrots, onion and bay leaf in butter for five minutes. Stir in lemon rind. Remove from heat and set aside. Combine flour with salt and pepper. Roll meat in flour and shake off excess. Brown meat on both sides in olive oil. Place in Dutch oven with tight fitting lid, over medium heat. Add tomatoes, sauces, wine, broth and seasonings. Add sugar and cheese. Add shanks and cook covered on low heat for about 1 hour. Makes 4 Servings Pair with a glass of Down Under Shiraz!

Mixologists Corner
Blood oranges are a special kind of orange, with its pulp and flesh being red. People often mistake it for a grapefruit. This tangy and sweet red wine has a burst of citrus aromas. The Blood Orange's unique flavour profile also adds a hint of raspberry to the wine. Perfect for those cooler spring nights. Blood Orange Basil Mojito 3 torn basil leaves 1 tsp sugar 2 oz of Breezin Blood Orange 1 1/2 oz light rum Garnish: Fresh basil leaf Add basil, sugar and 12 oz blood orange juice into glass. Muddle the mixture. Add remaining blood orange juice, rum and top with soda water and ice. Garnish with a basil leaf. Enjoy!

Valley Wine Cellar


The Valley Wine Cellar is the premier RJ Spagnols retailer in the Kennebecasis Valley and Greater Saint John area. Come visit our friendly and knowledgeable staff and see our large selection of RJ Spagnols wine kits, BrewHouse & Coopers beer kits, & our Winemakeri product line that provides all the ingredients necessary to make your own spirits and liqueurs. We will NOT be knowingly undersold by any local competitor** . Bring us a written current price quote from our competitor that includes:

83A Hampton Rd Rothesay, NB E2E2K3 Phone: 506-847-5487

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Feature Wines Price List* Cru Select California Hang Ten: $100 Cru Select Down Under Shiraz: $110 Orchard Breezin Apple Pomegranate: $60 Orchard Breezin Blood Orange: $60 En Primeur Grenache Rose: $138 Heritage Estates Shiraz: $55 Grand Cru International California Syrah: $79 Premier Cru Australian Shiraz: $95 Cru Select Australian Shiraz: $100 Cru Select Australian Cabernet Shiraz Merlot: $100 Cellar Classic Winery Series California Syrah: $122 Cellar Classic Winery Series French Grenache Syrah: $122 En Primeur Australian Shiraz: $138
*Kit only, U-Brew & Applicable taxes extra

The brand name of the kit (ie Kenridge Classic, Cheeky Monkey) Amount of liters of juice in the kit (ie 8 liters through 23 liters) The kit price The U-brew or Winery fee (if applicable)

We guarantee we will BEAT their price!!!

**Does not include big box stores Co-Op , Wal-mart, & Costco

Happenings: 2012Toronto Spring Wine & Cheese Show

A quick hour and a half plane ride will take you to one of Canadas premier wine & cheese events: The Toronto Star 2012 Wine & Cheese Spring Show. This incredible three day event is being held from Friday March 16 through to Sunday March 18 at International Center, located at 6900 Airport Rd in Mississauga. This years event includes sample wine, beer and spirits from around the world, multiple states for serving up delicious food and drink ideas, mouth watering culinary-wine pairings, educational topics, expert advice, and hundreds of new

and unique products, recipes and pairing options. Food Network star Lynn Crawford will be on the Sip & Savour stage providing you with tasty and innovative recipe ideas. This years show will also offer a unique pop-up restaurant , Savour Local, featuring award-winning Chef Levesques interpretations of ethnic street food, all inspired by local ingredients and paired with craft beverages. This years wine and cheese show promises to impress with several stages set up to serve and provide delicious food and drink ideas.

You can sample wine, beer, and spirits from around the world while experiencing mouthwatering culinary delights. General Admission is only $15. For more information, visit their web site or call the numbers below: Web Site: Call: Toll Free: 1-800-693-7986 Email: Marti Milks (Show Manager)