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Back to regular hours

Aaaah, April is here. As I sit in the store looking out at the sunny day, I realize that although I will miss the ski season…it is So nice to think about getting into the garden again. It will also soon be time to switch back to our regular hours- beginning April 4th.

Come and see us 9:30-5:00 Tuesday- Friday. Saturday hours are, as always, 9:30-4.

Find Your Divine

Wine Kitz Nelson is proud to be an event sponsor at this years Find Your Divine event coming April 6th 2017 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort! We will have a booth at the event, handing out fun goodie bags and donating excellent door prizes!

If you have never been to this event, now is the time to check it out.

This years guest speaker will be Barbara Stegemann, one of Canada’s ‘top 100 most powerful women’.

Understanding that supporting the economy of countries in turmoil is a key to encouraging change and reversing the effects of war and poverty, this incredible woman embarked on an entrepreneurial journey sparked by the wounding of her best friend- a soldier in Afghanistan.

Among many other talents and award winning attributes, Stegemann is also the author of the best selling book The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen- A Woman’s Guide to Living and Leading in an Illogical World.

This event typically sells out within 24 hrs of ticket sales, so keep your eyes on the Nelson Star for more event details!

We hope to see you there.

Oh, Merlot!!

Merlot….the French word for ‘Young Blackbird’.

So named because of the beautiful blue/black skin of the grape~or, perhaps, simply because the Blackbirds enjoy eating the grape!

Merlot is the most planted grape in the Bordeaux region, and is one of six possible grapes to find in a Bordeaux wine.  (perhaps you may know-the English name for Bordeaux wine is Claret.)

Merlot wine contains lower tannins than other reds, making it a palate pleaser for most. It’s soft, well rounded and often used in blends to lend these characteristics to the final product.

The low acidity and higher sugar content of the grape make it a very versatile wine when looking at food pairing.  Merlot can hold it’s own with almost all but the spiciest dishes-which may overwhelm the soft Merlot.

If you’re looking to compare Merlot to other wines-look at the image below, for example. You’ll see Merlot falls right in the middle between the light and lively Pinot Noir and the spicey bite of the Syrah.

In store we have Merlot wines from four different areas-France, Chile, California and Yakima Valley, Washington.  They range from medium, medium-full to full bodied. All deliver palate pleasing gentle tannins with notes varying region dependent from plum to cherry to raspberry with the Yakima valley Merlot adding soft notes of cedar and mocha! The French Merlot has a touch of vanilla and a light spice on the finish…

So, my friends, please do not disregard Merlot simply because of it’s popularity with the less experienced wine crowd. This grape has much to offer on so many levels and more complexity than most realize.