As usual, time has flown by and the holiday season is already upon us. The unusual cold and snowy weather is a sure reminder of what we’ve got to look forward to over the next few months. Coldest winter in 50 years?? I sure hope they have that forecast wrong!
We have a few upcoming events and tastings, including our Holiday Open House and details on our upcoming 5th Annual Cookies for Kids Fundraiser, we are so excited about all the chefs & bakers helping out this year – the cookie tins will be full of delicious goodies!
The Farmgate shop is getting it’s holiday on this week and we’ll be ready and waiting will all your holiday gift giving needs!
We hope you enjoy this seasons newsletter, it’s a little lengthy, but we have lots to share. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the farm.
Patrick & Lee
Upcoming TastingsNovember 26th – Village VQA Kitsilano – Tasting 2:30pm – 5:30pm
November 27th – Sips VQA Richmond – Tasting 2:30pm – 5:30pm
December 1st – Vista D’oro Farmgate Open House – see below for details & RSVP info
December 2nd – Taste of the Holidays -Whole Foods Market – Park Royal West Vancouver – 5pm – 8pm
December 3rd – Farm Club Shipment Ready for Shipping or Pickup
December 4th – Vista D’oro Winery – Pinot Noir 2009 & Marechal Foch 2009 – Release & Pickup
December 4th – Westwood VQA Coquitlam – Tasting 2pm-6pm
December 9th to 11th – Vista D’oro Farms 5th Annual Operation – Cookies for Kids – Cookie Tin Pickup
December 18th – Last Farmgate Shop & Tasting Day of 2010 – 10am until 4pm
February 3rd – Farmgate Shop & Tasting Room Re-opens!
For updated event listings be sure to check our website events page at www.vistadoro.com/events.html
2009 Pinot Noir
The 2009 Pinot Noir is ready! Well, it’s almost ready! The labels are ordered, the bottles are full and waiting, we just need to get out our glue sticks and put it all together. We’ll have it all ready in time for our Holiday Open House on December 1st, so come by to pick up a bottle or two for the holidays.
We are thrilled with how the wine turned out. Light and delicate, this pinot will easily handle all of your holiday entertaining. Patrick had fun with this wine, and give him a few minutes and he’ll gladly share his favourite stories of the winemaking process with you.
There are 180 cases of the 2009 Pinot Noir available, and the cost is $21.50 a bottle.
2009 Marechal Foch
Dark and inky, our Marechal Foch has been a labour of love, and are we ever in love! Named after a French war hero, our Foch is intense and full bodied, and will match beautifully with a prime rib or anything rich and mushroomy! Can one say “mushroomy”? Why not?
This is a serious red, so much so that we even considered putting a warning on the label – “Caution – drinking this wine will significantly decrease your pearly white smile!” You’re best to have a toothbrush on hand for after you’re done this delicious wine!
There are 75 cases of the 2009 Marechal Foch available, and the cost is $22.50 a bottle.
As always, we are pleased to offer a trio of Vista D’oro Artisanal Preserves
with every case of wine purchased, a $22 value.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 4pm.
We will be open until December 18th and re-opening February 3rd
We have filled our beautiful Vista D’oro branded wooden wine crates and holiday gift boxes to suit all budgets and we are also happy to customize for you. We have Moccia Salami back in the cooler, perfect for easy entertaining!
Farmgate Open House
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 1st, from 6-9 pm! Our annual open house promises to be an exciting evening with wine and preserves sampling and more. Best of all, 10% off all purchases at the Farmgate shop.
Sample the newly released 2009 Pinot Noir and 2009 Marechal Foch and look for them in the holiday gift boxes. We also have a great selection of preserves in stock now. The jars are just the right size to be a perfect replacement for that mandarin orange in the toe of holiday stockings!
Some great gift ideas for those both naughty and nice on your list include:
- a selection of Farm House cheese with our Orchard Pear & Cocoa Nib preserve
- A jar from the new batch of Chili Pepper Jam with Lesley Stowe’s Raincoast Crisps
- D’oro, our flagship fortified walnut wine which is a blend of Marechal Foch, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, brandy and our own Vista D’oro Farms’ green walnuts
- Gift packs of 2 or 6 assorted Vista D’oro artisanal preserves
Come visit the production kitchen – we will be making some holiday goodies to keep you warm!
We are gladly accepting a $10 donation at the door – all proceeds will go to BC Children’s Hospital along with the funds from our Cookies for Kids (see below!).
We look forward to seeing you at the Open House!! Space is Limited and we kindly request your RSVP by November 29th to email@example.com
Vista D’oro Farm Club
We know you’re a fan of our wines and artisan preserves, otherwise you wouldn’t have asked to receive our newsletter. And, assuming you’re like most every other human on the planet, we suspect you also like to save money! Check out the Vista D’oro Farm Club where membership earns you 15% off retail price of our products. Four times a year, we will ship you an assortment of 6 bottles of wine and 6 artisnal preserves – the shipment is always a little bit different!! Find the details here vistadoro.com and look forward to your first shipment this December.
Once again, we hope you’ll join us for our 5th Annual Operation – Cookies for Kids Fundraiser. Last year you helped us reached our goal again, raising another $10,000 for BC Children’s Hospital, bringing our total raised to over $40,000 in the last four years.
Once again Vista D’oro Farms has called on all Santa’s Baker Elves to bake a few extra cookies for our 5th Annual ‘Operation – Cookies for Kids’. Our friends in the food industry will be donating cookies & baking to fill our Cookie Tins, also included in each tin is a jar of Vista D’oro Artisanal Preserves.
The Cookie Tins are sold for a minimum $50 donation, 100% of which will go directly to B.C. Children’s Hospital. The Cookie Tins will ready for pickup at our farmgate shop on December 9th – 11th. We highly recommend pre-ordering your tins, as they sell out quickly – call 604-514-3539 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your cookies!
This time of year we need to be so thankful for healthy kids while remembering how many children and their families spend the holidays in hospital rooms. We sincerely hope you will join us again in our endeavour to make this Christmas a little sweeter for everyone.