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Grand Cru International Pinot Grigio

The first Grand Cru International seasonal release has arrived in our stores. The Pinot Grigio is now available and the Malbec Syrah should arrive next week. These kits are a limited holiday release. Labels are included.

Find out more about Grand Cru International Pinot Grigio

RJ Spagnols Cru Specialty 2010 Limited Release Lineup

This year RJ Spagnols is excited to announce that the favourites you’ve asked for will be returning along with three new soon to become holiday must haves. 

These wines will all be available in September on a limited first come, first serve basis.  Please contact us to reserve yours and avoid disappointment!

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As Fresh As it Gets - 2010 Hightail has Arrived!

high tail As fresh as the cool breezes sweeping over the vineyard, Hightail delivers the harvest of the vine with unprecedented vitality. A unique process ensures that vineyard fresh grapes are picked pressed and packaged within 48 hours. Available in limited quantities, only through RJ Spagnols.

Read more about this year's Hightail offerings

Cru Select RQ 2009 Spanish Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon & German Muller-Thurgau wine kits have arrived at our stores!

If you ordered either one of these kits and haven't picked them up as of yet, please do so as soon as possible. We will soon be getting our February shipment in and we want to make room. If you didn't preorder we do have a few extras available on a first come first served basis. Please call to confirm availability. Click here for more RQ 2009 information and ordering details.

RJ Spagnols Cru Select Restricted Quantities

Each year Cru Select offers winemakers outstanding wines from the world's leading vineryards. Discerning winemakers eagerly anticipate the RQ announcment, so that they can stock thier wine cellars with these exceptional vintages.

Brewery Lane is once again proud to be a partner with RJ Spagnols in this year's RQ 2009 program. Click here for more information and ordering details.

The Dessert Wines Have Arrived!

We now have the RJ Spagnols Orange Chocolate Port and White Chocolate White Port in stock plus the Orange Blossom Muscat. The Winexpert Chocolate Raspberry Port is now in stock and we'll be receiving the Okanagan Peach Icewine in early November.

These are limited releases and are available only while they last. They are moving very fast so please order or pick one up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Brew House Winterfest Now Available

This seasonal favourite is back for a limited time only. This Brew House Winterfest Ale has been mildly spiced in the tradition of Christmas Ales of the past. Click here to learn more.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with the launch of 3 new Orchard Breezin’ Mist wines.

If it’s a hot summer day by the poolside, allow our new blush Pink Grapefruit White Shiraz to add a refreshing touch.

Planning an Outdoor barbecue? The new Sangria with Seville Orange is just what you need! Serve in a tall pitcher and don’t forget lots of ice and club soda.

If it’s a late evening casual chat with friends, why not try the Wildberry Pomegranate Zinfandel to jazz up the evening.

Cellar Classic Hightail

The R.J. Spagnols’ winemaker is forever coming up with new ways to bring you the best quality juice to make the finest wine. Cellar Classic now proudly brings you the finest juice from grapes picked from this season’s harvest from Canadian vineyards.We have “HIGHTAILED” this product to you to capture the freshness of the grapes & to deliver the amazing fruit tones that only fresh juice can provide.

This season’s harvest has delivered the following limited quantities to the Cellar Classic Hightail line:

Niagara Gewurztraminer
Strong hints of lychee, spice and roses defines this classic from Niagara. The finish is a touch off dry that elevates the floral profile.

Oak-0 Body-3 Sweetness-1

Niagara Cabernet Franc
Medium bodied and easy to drink, this red wine is defined by strong green pepper notes, followed by red berry tones.

Oak-2 Body-2-3 Sweetness-0

The Big & Easy Bottle Brew

The next best thing to finished beer! The Big & Easy Bottle Brew is a totally new and different home brewing kit. It is a revolutionary, easy way to make your own premium beer at home.

The Big & Easy Bottle Brew is pasteurized, unfermented beer filled in two litre bottles and equipped with a unique pressure cap. The only task left is to add the innovative yeast capsule to each bottle to start the fermentation. Wait 10 days. Chill. Then serve!

Each 2 litre bottle is about the same volume as six regular bottles. The Big & Easy Bottle Brew is professionally brewed and bottled in a micro brewery using only the best selected barley malt, imported hops and purified water. It is not made from malt concentrate.

Introducing Grand Cru Italian Primitivo

Puglia is Italy’s southeastern most region which spans the country’s long stiletto “heel”. This is where you would find what is considered to be one of Puglia’s hottest varietals: Primitivo.

Full bodied in nature, it opens up with a luscious bouquet of ripe black cherry and delicate spices underlaid with a streak of medium toasted oak. The palate is blessed with well rounded smooth tannins, berry fruit and a complex, long fi nish. Suitable to be paired with hearty pasta dishes and tomato based sauces or strong Italian cheeses.
BODY 3-4
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RJ Spagnols Orange Chocolate Port Returns!

Winner of 28 Medals in the Winemaker International Competition! RJ Spagnols Orange Chocolate Port is back by popular demand. For a Limited Time and by Special Order Only.
Local Calls: 709-754-4090. Out of town Toll Free Calls: 1-877-754-4090 or email

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Winexpert is pleased to announce that for a limited time, and by pre-order only, you can make and enjoy a wonderfully delicious dessert wine - Chocolate Raspberry Port.

Bursting with rich, intense flavours and aromas, this wine has a traditional Port character of warm, rounded cherry and plum, supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry, perfumed and gently tart, giving way to luscious liquid chocolate - beguiling with dark, bittersweet aromas of coffee and vanilla. It’s like an entire chocolaterie in a glass! Toasty hints of oak guide the way to a long, rich finish.

Food Pairings: Wonderfully balanced, Chocolate Raspberry Port is excellent with (or as) dessert, or served with toasted nuts or shortbread.

Oak: Toasted
Sweetness Code: Sweet
Body: Full
Alcohol by Volume: 15% - 16.5%

Shared with family and friends, it will warm the hearts and the palates of all of your guests. Excellent within three months, this wine will age gorgeously — if you can keep any that long!

The Best Gets Better

We are delighted to tell you that the best of the best, En Primeur, is getting even better. Most of the red wine kits will now come with varietal specific dried proprietary Genuwine skins (previously known as Mi-Pak Dried Grape skins). Genuwine winery grape skins are used in the Award winning Cru Select Italian Valpolicella Ripassa and our RQ Australian Bush Vine Grenache. Each kit contains the equivalent of 4.5 kilos of grape skins that become 250 grams using our proprietary gentle drying process that quickly locks in the natural flavour, colour and tannin of the grape skins and allows you to ferment your wine on pure winery grape skins. The result is a better tasting wine for your enjoyment.

RJ Spagnols will also be adding some new and interesting types of oak to the wines. At the same time the En Primeur German Riesling will now come with a Süss-Reserve pack, or if you prefer your Reisling dry you can simply leave it out.

En Primeur labels are being upgraded to a larger peel and stick round that emphasizes the fact you are making a top quality product.
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New Cru Select Italian Wine Kits

We now carry two new Cru Select wine kits for Italian wine lovers. Try the full-bodied Italian Barolo or the easy-drinking Italian Pinot Grigio. Two Italian classics.
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Four New Orchard Breezin's

Blueberry Shiraz, Black Cherry Pinot Noir, Strawberry White Zinfandel & Watermelon White Merlot! Try the latest Orchard Breezin' fruit sensations. These mist wines are a perfect balance of fruit and wine. A refreshing alternative for summer sipping.
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New! Island Mist Blueberry Pinot Noir

The tangy, sweet burst of blueberry combines witht the light-medium body and cherry-spice flavours of the Pinot Noir to bring an intense, yet not overpowering, fruit flavour to your palate.
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Brew House Canadian Light Joins the Regular Lineup!

By popular demand the Canadian Light Lager is now part of the Brew House permanent lineup. You can now enjoy this refreshing Canadian classic brew all year round.

Orange Chocolate Port

This rich specialty wine is an intricate melange of lively flavours that tempt the nose and reward the palate. Rich aromas of dark chocolate are set gracefully against a frame of refreshing citrus and vanilla notes. The palate is endowed with a full-bodied experience and a finely balanced combination of delicious chocolate, hints of orange peel and a medium-sweet finish. Reveal your fine taste by sharing your orange chocolate port with friends and family this holiday season.
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Orchard Breezin' CranApple Chardonnay

A toast to the Holiday Season! Prepare for the holiday season by making the newest seasonal sensation from Orchard Breezin' - Holiday Cran Apple Chardonnay. This low alcohol white wine features tart green apple balanced out by smooth white cranberry to produce an easy drinking wine with a crisp, refreshing finish. Great as a part of your favourite holiday get-together. Here for a limited time. Don't delay!

California Pinot Noir is Back!

After a successful debut during the RQ 2006 release RJ Spagnols has added their California Pinot Noir to the Cru Select regular lineup. Recognized as a premier grape growing region, California
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Big News from RJ Spagnols! Cru Select Valpolicella Ripassa

Announcing a new way to ferment on grape skins with Italian Valpolicella Ripassa featuring Mi-Pak Winery Grape Skins™

Changing the way you make wine. Now, through a new technological advancement RJ Spagnols has perfected fermentation on winery grape skins. M-Pak Winery Grape Skins are dried virgin winery grape skins. They have developed a proprietary gentle drying process that quickly locks in the natural flavour, colour and tannin of the grape skins which results in a better tasting wine.

RJ Spagnols selected a classic Italian wine to showcase their new Mi-Pak Winery Grape Skins. The Valpolicella varietal is one of the most famous wines enhanced with fermentation on dried grape skins. They have included the proprietary Mi-Pak Winery Grape Skins to recreate the tradition of fermenting on dried grape skins. You will discover that fermentation with the proprietary Mi-Pak Winery Grape Skins brings out the wine's firm tannins, supported by dark fruit tones and smokey undertones. The result is an Italian classic with all the makings of a powerful full bodied red wine. The aroma in the glass is reminiscent of farm fresh cherries backed by streaks of dark chocolate and toasted oak, which ages well into wine of award winning potential. Complements rich foods as a char grilled pepper steak, well aged cheeses and slow braised baby back ribs.
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New Additions to Cellar Classic Winery Series

If you haven't tried one of the Cellar Classic Winery series kits with Winery Grape Skins you are in for a big surprise. These wines are fantastic. Joining the original Shiraz, Merlot, Valpolicella and Cabernet Sauvignon are two new additions:
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Island Mist Kiwi Pear Sauvignon Blanc

As summer approaches, it's time to start thinking about how to cool off. Winexpert is excited to offer a deliciously refreshing new Island Mist variety, Kiwi-Pear Sauvignon Blanc.

Crisply tart, and delightfully fruity, Kiwi-Pear Sauvignon Blanc is wonderful for sipping when chilled, poured over ice to beat the heat, or mixed into delicious party drinks to share with friends around the grill or poolside. Like Sauvignon Blanc grapes, with their gooseberry and grassy notes, kiwi fruits grown on vines, and have a luscious combination of pineapple, strawberry and banana flavours, which melds into soft, rich pear aromas of this wonderfully refreshing beverage.
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Orchard Breezin Kiwi Melon Added to Regular Lineup

The wildly successful limited release Kiwi Melon Pinot Grigio has been added to the Orchard Breezin' regular lineup. This great tasting mist wine kit will now be available year round!

Indulge in the refreshing flavours of this thirst-quenching and delicious white wine. Light bodied and easy drinking, this wine captures the mouthwatering flavours of freshly cut honeydew melon and juicy watermelon. Perfectly balanced with a hint of tartness from the kiwi fruit, this wine possesses a long fruity finish. Ride the wave of freshness with Kiwi Melon Pinot Grigio!

Heritage Estates New Bigger Format

RJ Spagnols has increased the size of their entry level Heritage Estates kits. These kits will now contain 6.3 litres of concentrate. That's an extra 1.3 liters. And there will be no price increase! The new format should start showing up on our shelves in March and April.

Winexpert Selection Spéciale Amarone

Winexpert Selection Spéciale Italian Amarone is a very intense and complex wine, with a wide array of flavours and aromas. Deep ruby red, this heavyweight wine exudes aromas of sour cherries, dark chocolate, stewed plums, dried fruits, anise, raisins, bitter almond, tobacco, leather and molasses, and has a spicy-earthy bittersweet finish that lengthens on indefinitely from the huge volume of tannins. NEW! The Winexpert Amarone now makes 23 litres!

Citrus Ice is back!

Starting in October, Citrus Ice Sauvignon Blanc will be available in the permanent Orchard Breezin’ line. Citrus Ice was a seasonal release this past summer. You wanted more so here it is!

New Vintner's Reserve Australian Chardonnay

The single most widely planted wine grape in the world, Chardonnay is made everywhere, from California to Bulgaria, but it’s the Australians who make the biggest, boldest, most easily identifiable style of wine. More...

NEW! Cellar Classic Winery Series with Winery Grape Skins

Discover the true winery experience with these new Cellar Classic wine kits. The Cellar Classic Winery Series showcases RJ Spagnols' expertise and commitment to carry on the age-old winemaking traditions as practiced in the finest grape growing areas of the world. These red wines are produced by fermenting grape juice on the crushed grape skins, seeds and stems. This allows the winemaker to extract deep colour, chewy tannins, tantalizing flavours and complex aromas to produce richly structured wines. Available in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Valpolicella. More...