We present you, as our loyal customer, a handful of ‘privilege December deals’: Crazy Deals, Free Oak Barrel treatment and 5% extra off the wine of the month. An update on our season opening schedule and a list of the suggested wine pairings with the recipes in our calendar. If I forgot to give you your copy, please come pick up yours.

Further, to express our appreciation we have a small Holiday present for you that we would love to hand over and take the opportunity to pass on our best wishes. The presents will arrive in the store on December 7th. We hope to seeing you soon…..


December Store opening

For the Holiday weeks please note our revised business hours:
Closed Dec 24 - Dec 30  & Jan 1
Open Thursday Dec 31 &  Saturday Jan 2
From Tuesday, January 5th winter business hours


Winter business hours

For the winter season from Tuesday January 5 to Saturday April 9, we operate under winter business hours booking bottling appointments until starting at 6 pm. We are hoping to accommodate those who have a hard time during the day to do their shopping or bottling.

January  to April 9th:
Sunday, Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 1 pm – 6:30 pm
(last bottling appointment can start 6 pm)
Saturday :9:30 am – 4pm



Three Privilege deals* for our valued customers

 Wine of the Month

This month we take an extra 5% off resulting in a 15% discount on the kit.

5-week Traditional Vintage

TV Vieux Chateau du Roi - Chile

TV Vieux Chateau du Roi - Chile

This popular red conjures complex layered berry fruit flavours, spice and an oaky undertone.

TV Symphony

TV Symphony

Harmonious tropical fruit flavours, adored by crowds, music to your mouth ...here’s the symphony that always finishes crisp and clean (if a little too quickly).

8-week Ultimate Estate Reserve

UER Cabernet Merlot - Chile

UER Cabernet Merlot - Chile

A versatile red that will add flair to many a feast. Rich and balanced with a mild peppercorn finish, it is dominated by dark plump berries and vibrant black currant flavours.

UER Viognier - California

UER Viognier - California

Once on the brink of extinction, this exciting grape variety has roared back to the good life with its heady perfume of honeysuckle and melon. A refreshing full-bodied white wine experience.

Every day a Crazy Deal” wine kits 25% off

Each day in December you can score 5% extra discount on our crazy deals. That makes YOUR CRAZY DEAL 25% OFF the selected wine kits. It is simple! We select three single kits and display these in store with a “CRAZY DEAL, 20% OFF” sticker. Could be any kit from the 4-weeks to 8-weeks selection. The choice is yours. If one of these three items is not sold, it’s yours. One, two or all three, first come first served. If you have missed your chance one day, the next day there will be another set of three. Which ones, that’s a surprise. In-store sales only.

oak barrel

Oak Barrel treatment free with Cellar Craft Showcase kits

All Cellar Craft Showcase kits, bought in December get a free Oak Barrel Treatment, value $22.50.

*promotions cannot be combined


Food and wine pairing: Elevate your taste experience

Taste is subjective and so there is no right or wrong choice when it comes to choosing your vino. In pairing, the idea is to create an enhanced taste experience by considering what types of wines and foods you (and your guests) most enjoy. Wine is meant to elevate food. With a proper wine pairing, food actually tastes better!

Again, there will always be personal preferences, but there are some general pairing rules to help your exploring expedition become more exciting and rewarding.

Match the body of the wine with the body of the food to keep them on a level playing field.  Delicate food flavors with lighter bodied wines (lower alcohol content, often lighter in color and of lesser complexity and mouth feel) and full flavored, rich and heavy foods with heavier wines (higher alcohol content, full bodied, intense, complex deep flavors and mouth feel).

Then there is the question of contrast or complement?  Complementary choices seek to match similar flavors, i.e. a crisp Riesling with citrus flavors paired with lemon-squeezed fish.  Contrasting creates opposite flavors, i.e. salty cheese served with sweet dessert wines.

As a guideline, choose your wine based on the strongest flavor on the plate.  This can be the sauce or seasoning but can simply be the protein portion of the meal. For spicy Mexican and Asian dishes crisp whites do better than reds.

Don’t feel restricted by the old adage, “red wine with red meat and white wine with fish or chicken”. It definitely applies in a few special cases, such as serving white wine with fish if it's an oilier fish (salmon, sardines, anchovies), since the fat in the fish brings out the less friendly tannic acid flavors of red wine. This type of food is better served with a more acidic no tannin (white) wine. Having said that, there also are plenty of times beef or lamb can make a good (or even a better) match with a well selected full bodied white wine like an oaked Chardonnay or Soave.

Red wines are richer in tannins that cause the ‘drying’ mouth feel. This is caused by the way tannins behave in the mouth. For exactly that reason they do so well with the fattiness and protein richness in red meat.

The best way to find out is to simply try out. Kan-pai!


My Suggested wine pairing with Wine Kitz Calendar recipes


A list of the suggested wine pairings with the recipes in our calendar. If I forgot to give you your copy, please come in to pick up one.

Traditional Plum Pudding: Port, Cream Sherry, Chocolate Wine, Choc Cherry Pinot Noir

Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding: Chianti, Valpolicella, Merlot, Cabernet Merlot, Cab Sauvignon

Chocolate Orange Mousse: Port, Chocolate (Orange) Port, Cream Sherry, Chocolate Wine

Mediterranean Leg of Lamb: Barolo, Amarone, Brunello, Montepulciano, Grand Rouge, Rosso Tuscano

Crispy Pan Fried Cod: Un-oaked Chardonnay, Riesling, Verdicchio, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc

Chicken Vindaloo: Off dry Gewürztraminer, Riesling Traminer, Johannisberg Riesling, Piesporter

Broccoli Quiche: (oaked) Chardonnay, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Valpolicella, Chianti, Mystic Red

Peppered Beef: Cab Sauvignon, Cab Merlot, Shiraz, Cab Shiraz, Vieux Chateau du Roi, Malbec

Pork Chop with garlic & Rosemary: Chardonnay, Zinfandel Blush, Carménère, Barbera, Mystic Red

Shrimp Scampi: (dry) Zinfandel Blush, unoaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdicchio, Pinot Grigio

Chili con Carne with Polenta: Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay, Barbera, Pinot Noir, Mystic Red

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup: Oaked Chardonnay, Verdelho, Viognier, Mystic Red

Citrus Turkey: Sauvignon Blanc, (Johannisberg) Riesling, Pinot Grogio, Verdicchio, Viognier, Gamay