Beermail #99: September Sippers(Sold-out)

Welcome to Beermail #99!

We’re fast approaching the end of the summer season, but worry not – beermail is back with some absolute crackers to keep you in the sun…

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Beermail #98: Doubling Down(Sold-out)

Welcome to Beermail #98!

We’re back! Beat the heat with a healthy dose of refreshing summery brews to keep you quenched (and some heavy hitters thrown in for good meas…

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Wine Mail #30: Averill Creek August Feaure

“Averill Creek Vineyard is located in the heart of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, where the dry, temperate climate lends itself to all the hallmarks of cool climate viticulture. The unique combination of soil and aspect make it an ideal place for growing cool weather varietals.

The soil under Averill Creek is Royston-Qualicum (a blend of glacial sand and gravel). Sloped and well drained, it is perfect for viticulture.  A vertical shoot positioning system (Guyot) is used to allow for optimal photosynthesis, air circulation, and ripening.

While the Cowichan Valley is prone to long, dry summers, the southern aspect of the vineyard captures and holds heat making it several degrees warmer than the surrounding valley.

Averill Creek’s small-lot plantings of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Maréchal Foch, Foch Cabernet, Cabernet Libre, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier are cared for by hand, and pruned to yield approximately 2.5 tons/acre. While some varietals can produce much more fruit, our yields are kept low to increase the quality of fruit harvested.” – Averill Creek Team

With their sharp, modern packaging change and the latest vintages of Somenos, and Joue Series of wines, it’s safe to say that Averill Creek has positioned themselves among the best on the Island.
The Somenos Gris & Pinot Noir are complex while approachable, balanced, premium wines.
The Joue Series of blended wines are like your favourite sauce, they go with anything and everything, or enjoyed on their own.

We’re offering the below 5 wines at a great price for the month of August, $2.00 OFF/bottle, and in our Wine Mail #30 package.

Prices are pre-tax & deposit.

Joue White, 12% $23.83

Structured, textured, and lightly saline, with precise layers of fruit. A clean, aromatic nose exudes white flower and fresh rain. The palate transitions from vibrancy to a softer, round mid-palate before culminating in a talcy, textural acidity.

“40% Pinot Gris, 40% Gewurtztraminer and 20% Chardonnay from our estate. A warm, dry summer, followed by a cool, cloudy autumn. Permaculture and dry-farming practiced in the vineyard, on glacial stone and loam soils. The varietals were harvested by hand, sorted and foot stomped. They were left on skins for 8 hours and then whole-bunch pressed without sulphur. Fermentation by indigenous yeast was completed in old French oak barriques. The wine was left to age on primary lees, without battonage until just before bottling. Nothing has been added to this wine, no yeast, enzymes, nutrients, or S02. Unfined and unfiltered.”

Joue Red, 11.5% $23.83

Juicy, bright and exuding perfume and expressive fruit. Contrasting structural and textural elements render this a refined, highly consumable red.

“The fruit came into the winery almost exploding with freshness. To harness that we fermented it all whole bunch and in stainless steel vats with no yeast, enzymes, nutrients or S02 added. After two and a half weeks we pressed the wine off and aged in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine had intense perfume and incredible fruit intensity but lacked a bit of structure. To compensate for this used an technique from Veneto in Italy to naturally build some structure back into the wine. The 2019 Somenos Pinot had plenty of structure, so much so that when pressing we cut the press cycle short at 1 bar. When we dumped the press the marc (skins and stems from ferment) still had plenty of material and goodness left in it. Not wanting to waste this we added the wine from the Joue back into and onto of these skins, left it over night and pressed it the next day. So essentially a Vancouver Island version of ripasso. Not only did this build structure and texture to the wine, but it gave another level of complexity and depth to the perfume and fruit profile.”

Joue Rosé, 12.5% $23.83

Not for the faint of heart: a powerful, intense blend, full of bright fruit flavour, balanced with a dried-flower savouriness. This not-so-little number will entice you towards another bite of food, another sip of wine, repeat.

“A warm, dry summer, followed by a cool, cloudy autumn. Estate-grown, using permaculture and dry-farming, on glacially deposited stone and gravel soils. Pinot Noir and Foch were pressed-off, and de-stemmed wholeberry Gewurz and Pinot Gris were added on top of the red juice. A red ferment in essence, but with a cap of white berries. It was punched down about once daily, then pressed-off, blended and left in tank on primary lees until bottling. No yeast, nutrients, enzymes, or sulphites added; unfiltered and unfined.”

Somenos 2018 Pinot Noir, $43.57

Pretty and perfumed, the red and dark fruit in this wine maintain freshness, while spice and savoury character offer dimension and complexity. These elements are supported with persistent acidity and ripe, seamless tannins.

“A favourable warm, moderate growing season. Estate-grown, using permaculture and dry-farming, on glacially deposited stone and gravel, and sandy-loam soils. Burgundian clones 667 and 777. 100% Whole-bunch fermented in a 6-ton French oak vat. No pump-over, only pigeage. The ferment is tasted daily and a cap management strategy is dependent on taste. Pigeage is typically 1-2 times a day; in the height of 3 times if there isn’t too much extraction. Elevage occurred in French oak barriques (8% new, 62% 1yr and 30% older than 3yrs). No yeast, enzymes or nutrients have been added and it was bottled unfiltered and un-fined. A small Sulphur addition was made just before bottling.”

Somenos 2019 Pinot Gris, $28.26

Brimming with energy, texture and intensity. Lees ageing builds mid-palate density and salinity that counterbalances the fresh fruit and tactile acidity. The freshness and tightness is carried across the palate with a persistent, generous finish.

“Estate-grown, using permaculture and dry farming, on glacially deposited stone and gravel, and sandy-loam soils. A cooler vintage: the fruit comes from a well exposed part of the vineyard that consistently has more concentration and depth. Fruit foot-stomped and left on skins overnight. Spontaneous fermentation carried out in mostly old oak barrels (85%), 1yr old barrels (10%) and new barrels (5%). Aged in original vessel for 18 months on primary lees without battonage.”

For this BC Wine Feature: Averill Creek August Feature Wine Mail Package, we’re offering one of each of these 5 wines for $143.57 + tax & deposit for a total of $165.10 with FREE local delivery.

Feel free to call 250-995-2665 to customize an order or visit our Online Store to build your own basket.


  • Joue Red, 2020 (11.5%)
  • Joue White, 2019 (12%)
  • Joue Rosé, 2019 (12.5%)
  • Somenos 2018 Pinot Noir (13%)
  • Somenos 2019 Pinot Gris (13%)
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Wine Mail #29: Tightrope Winery

Tightrope wines are produced from the finest wine grape growing soils in Canada. With the mild winters and hot-hot-hot summers the Naramata Bench makes for the perfect local to grow spectacular wine grapes. Located along the east side of Okanagan Lake, just north of Penticton, the Tightrope Vineyard captures maximum sun for grape ripening and sugar content, while encouraging gentle airflow amongst the rows of leafy vines. The tranquil summer days are like the contented sigh of Mother Nature as the grapes progress through veraison towards the long golden days of harvest.

Tightrope Winery has two estate vineyards on the Naramata Bench, both certified sustainable. Our home vineyard, the Fleet Road Vineyard was purchased in 2007, from the Du Vent family. Originally it was an apple orchard that we spent a lot of time and effort converting to a vineyard. We did extensive land contouring to improve air flow and accessibility. It was planted over a two-year period from 2007 to 2008. While the property itself is 10 acres, there is a total of 7 acres under vine. It is farmed exclusively according to a sustainability plan.

The main varieties of grapes planted are Riesling, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Merlot with small plantings of both Cabernet Franc and Barbera. Up until 2012 our grapes were sold to various BC wineries and you may have tasted our grapes in wines from Joie, Road 13, Ruby Blues Winery, Domaine de Chaberton and Mission Hill.” – Tightrope Winery

We’re excited to offer these balanced, crisp and nuanced wines at a great price for the month of July. The below 4 wines are featured at $1.50 OFF/bottle, Sauv/Sem, Rosé & Riesling all just $21.74 + tax & dep. with the Syrah discounted to $37.80 + tax & dep.

Tightrope, 2020 Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon, $21.74 + tax & dep.

Unoaked – This wine is reminiscent of a traditional white Bordeaux finishing dry, fresh & crisp. In the glass: white peach, gooseberry, dried mango, tangerine, lime, subtle grassy notes; dry, fresh & crisp.

Tightrope, 2019 Riesling, $21.74 + tax & dep.

Unoaked – Dry with a crisp, lingering finish. In the glass: orange blossom, apricot, green apple, pink grapefruit, nectarine & mandarin orange with a touch of minerality.

Tightrope, 2020 Rosé, $21.74 + tax & dep.

Containing: 75% Pinot Noir, 20% Syrah, 5% Barbera. Aromas of strawberry, cranberry, huckleberry, yellow grapefruit and a hint of spice; complex, dry and crisp. It is the perfect summer sipper.

Tightrope, 2018 Syrah, $38.00 + tax & dep.

Heavier – On the nose, violets, black pepper, blueberry & blackberry. Flavours of plum, anise, & blackcurrant along with, tobacco, & leather. All balanced with soft, silky tannins. A 3% dash of Viognier added.

For this BC Wine Feature: Tightrope Winery, Wine Mail Package, we’re offering one of each of these 4 wines for $103.62 + tax & deposit for a total of $119.10 with FREE local delivery.

Feel free to call 250-995-2665 to customize an order or visit our Online Store to build your own basket.


  • Rosé, 2020 - 12.5%
  • Riesling, 2019 - 13.4%
  • Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon, 2020 - 12.8%
  • Syrah, 2018 - 13.8%
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Beer Mail #96: Summer Sippers(Sold-out)

Welcome to Beermail # 96: Summer Sippers

We hope your summer is off to a roaring start, and here are a few beers that we think could help it along in the right direction! …

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Beer Mail #95: Rad Dad Box(Sold-out)

Welcome to Beermail # 95: Rad Dad Box

With Fathers day coming up this weekend, we decided to theme this box around the special guys in our lives.

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Wine Mail #28: Plot Box

Plot Wines is a small winery in the Okanagan Valley created by vigneron Kevin Rossion, and creative entrepreneur Adam Kereliuk. Our name is a nod to our approach of sourcing an ever-changing roster of fruit from small plots of land – from our neighbours and partner growers across the valley. Using minimal intervention and a low-tech approach, our wines are a reflection of where they come from and have been guided, not forced, to their final state.” – Plot

“Plot was among our most popular wines last time around so it is worth grabbing a Plot Box or select products while you have the chance” – David Alvarez, GM & Wine Buyer

Plot Wines, Haze 2020

“Bright, dry, and hazy with notes of young, crunchy peach and green apple skin – this blend is like taking a sunny walk through a lemongrass field while sipping a gooseberry margarita. Each varietal in ‘haze’ spent a week on its skins before being wild-fermented in barrel. If you loved our Sauv Blanc from previous years, this blend is where it went in 2020 – making HAZE dangerously crushable.”

Plot Wines, Orange No.2 2020

Our signature orange wine. This hand-harvested, hand-destemmed, wild-fermented Gewürztraminer Muscat blend spent a fortnight on skins. Hazy, golden-orange, unfiltered, and very similar to our 2019 vintage – you’ll get bursts of mandarin, peach and orange peel as you wake from a daydream that feels like drinking witbier on a sunny patio.

Plot Wines, Malbec Rosé 2020

This wild-fermented rosé conjures summer memories of watermelon candies from the corner store. It tastes like saline guava, herbal tea leaf, and explosive pomegranate. There’s a LOT going on with this one, and it’s definitely not your average crisp, light rose. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, you’ll find a nice dynamic texture and dry finish. Chill, shake lightly, and enjoy!

Plot Wines, Chardonnay 2019

This Chardonnay was split in two after picking, with 60% being barrel fermented in French oak and later moved to stainless steel, and the other 40% fermented in stainless steel and moved to French oak for 12 months. With perfect balance and acidity, this dry, unfiltered gem will have you drifting between notes of honeysuckle, preserved lemon pastry, pineapple, and expressive stone fruit.

Plot Wines, Merlot 2019

This wild-fermented beauty is reminiscent of a freshly baked blueberry pie with aromas of baking spice still lingering in the air. The palate is lively with a punch of raspberry, contrasted by dark and brooding notes of cacao and star anise on the finish. The grapes for this medium-bodied Merlot came from three cooler-climate sites, contributing to its bright acidity and ‘drink-now’ style.

Plot Wines, Neighbour Red Blend 2018

Neighbour is our signature red blend from five different South Okanagan plots. Each varietal was wild-fermented using only native yeasts found in the air and on the grapes. Just as you might expect from a slightly odd neighbour and winemaker, this classic French blend has a little bit of Spain in it… with a 2% addition of Tempranillo. The nose is loaded with blackberry, leather, plum, and black currant. It has an assertiveness in its youth, with great tannins and rounded oak that will continue to evolve nicely – if you choose to lay it down.

For this Plot Box, Wine Mail Package, we’re offering one of each of these 6 wines for $205.07 plus tax & deposit for a total of $235.75 with FREE local delivery.

Feel free to call 250-995-2665 to customize an order or visit our Online Store to build your own basket.


  • Plot Wines, Haze 2020
  • Plot Wines, Orange No.2 2020
  • Plot Wines, Malbec Rosé 2020
  • Plot Wines, Chardonnay 2019
  • Plot Wines, Merlot 2019
  • Plot Wines, Neighbour Red Blend 2018
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