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Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival – Banff

Where does the time go? Already, we are into festival season with the Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival happening this weekend in Banff. There are a few tickets still remaining for entrance into the Grand Tasting Hall on Saturday. Tickets range between $20 and $25 dollars and sampling coupons are 0.50 cents each. As if the Grand Tasting Hall wasn't enough, there are several dinners and events on Friday and Saturday night to complete your weekend of bacchanalia. More information is available on the Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival website.

image courtesy of John Vetterli

For those of you who are going, have a great time and be safe by choosing a designated driver or using alternate transport. For those who aren't, the Calgary stop of the festival happens on the weekend of October 15th and Edmonton the weekend of Nov 4th.


Where'd we go? We're back!

Today marked the day that we decided the speed of the site was far too compromising to the overall user experience to let it continue any more. So here we are, new server, more cache, less time waiting around!

Hopefully you all enjoy the new found speed here, and sorry for the few hours of maintenance that occured because of it.

..Oh and if you (members) haven't already checked out the new “My Wines” section, you can now discuss and rate your wines with everyone. FUN!


The WineCollective Launch Contest

Riedel Vitus Syrah Glass

As part of the WineCollective launch, we said we were going to be giving away something special to the user who earned the most user points in the month of March. To jog your memory, WineCollective user points are earned by referring your friends and contributing to the WineCollective site. It was a close race but a winner has been determined.

And now the drum roll please. The winning member is mgsaruwatari!

Your prize will be available for pickup during our launch party on April 19th (Details here). If you can't make it to the party…we'll ship your prize out with your next order. What did mgsaruwatari win? I won't go into details but I will say that it rhymes with Biedel!!

Thanks go out to everyone who entered and earned on this contest. Those points you earned will remain with your account and will be redeemable in the future for great offers, products and events. Keep your eyes peeled on future contest announcements, as we love giving things to our members for free.

*Remember you can earn points by inviting your friends, commenting on your wines or even this blog post. πŸ™‚


Oh oh! Wine costs more today.

That's right, if you live in Alberta the price of buying wine has gone up around $1. The Alberta government intends to increase it's income from liquor sales by around $180 million dollars.

It will now cost people $3 more to buy a carton of cigarettes. A price of a 12-pack of beer went up $1.30. The price of wine and spirits also increased, 75 cents and $2.89 respectively, for a 750 ml bottle.

CBC.ca

Happy Easter & Passover!


WineAccess – Canada's Wine Magazine

The people over at WineAccess, were kind enough to do a feature on the WineCollective!


“How they go about this, though, makes the Collective different from other wine clubs. The idea started when Bryksa was writing wine reviews for Reading For New Times magazine and the magazine was constantly asked where they could find each week's wines. After taking that concept and doing some market research, the Wine Collective was started, delivering wine to the door of members. After all, how could it get any easier to find these wines than to have them show up in your mailbox?”

Wine Delivered To Your Door by Mary Beth Tucker – WineAccess.

Fun!


Who likes parties?

With the wine almost here, and the first batch of deliveries primed to get out the door; we are thrilled to be letting you know that WineCollective is throwing its kick off party. Here are the details, mark your calendar:

When: Sunday April 19th, 2009
Time: 1 – 5 pm
Who can come: You, your family, friends, even your arch nemesis's if you are trying to patch things up.
Where:
Cork Fine Wine, Spirits and Ales
Beacon Hill Shopping Centre
11668 Sarcee Tr NW
Calgary, AB
Contact: 403.648.9094







Map to Cork

*Download the iCal event, and automatically add this to your calendar.

If you are a member, or still on the fence, come down and tip a glass with Adrian and David. Bring your taste buds πŸ˜‰ …meaning your gustatory repertoire as well as your good friends, get it? We sincerely hope you can join us so we can put some names to faces and get to know you. There will be some wine, nibbles, conversation and chances to win some great prizes.

Take care and we hope to see you in the flesh on April 19th.


Less than 30 hours left!

News from the Collective
March 30th, 2009

Snow? Spring? Wine!

There's only 30 hours left to subscribe to the very first delivery from the WineCollective. The official cut-off for the April delivery is Tuesday March 31st, at Midnight (MST). So if you've been on the fence about joining, now is the time to take advantage of our launch prices.

Jacques Cartier
Normally $42.50, now $35!

Padawan
Normally $85, now $75!

Indulgence
Normally $145, now $135!

Find out more about each package on the site.

We've got some really exciting wines to share with you this month, so don't hesitate and join today!

Also if you're already signed up (awesome!), you can earn points by inviting your friends!


Phone Number Issues – Fax Tones

Over the weekend, we noticed that the phone number that we provided for WineCollective was apparently forwarding to a fax number. We contacted our telephone service provider and have notified them of the issue and they are working on a resolution. If you need to get in touch with WineCollective, please send an email to thecellar@winecollective.ca until this phone problem is resolved.

Thanks for you patience.

David and Adrian

*Our new number has now been updated 403.648.9094, sorry for any inconveniences!


2006 Bordeaux – Arriving soon

Glass o' Bordeaux

After coming off the amazing vintage from Bordeaux in 2005, the 2006 vintage is going to have some huge shoes to fill. Most of the wine pundits of the world have spoken and stated that consumers should look to the 05's before the 2006 vintage, but at what cost? The wines from 2005 were bought at and now priced at pre-recessionary prices, making them out of reach for most consumers / collectors. The 2006 wines should be price adjusted / corrected, making them more accessible for the non millionaires of the world. Although most won't be ready for the next 3-5 years, the 06 vintages will start to filter into stores over the next few months. Keep your eyes open for these at your next visit to your local market.

Check out coverage from Decanter here.



Canadians Insatiable Thirst for Wine

Ok folks, here it is, proof is in the pudding. Canadians are officially winos and there is apparently no stopping us! Check out the link below to get some of these facts:

– Canada has become number 6 in the world as far as the largest importer of wine.
– From 2003 to 2012, we are poised to polish off just over 1 billion bottles of wine. Not a typo, 1 BILLION bottles.

Its posts like these that makes me excited about the opportunity to help Canadian consumers learn and experience more around the wines they are drinking.

Special thanks to Julianna Hayes for her recent blog post.

http://vineliving.blogspot.com/2009/02/study-suggests-canadians-becoming…


News from the Collective – March 10, 2009

We have been hard at work over the past couple of weeks, refining the experience and are ready to take the wraps off the brand new WineCollective website.

A few small changes since we last chatted:

1) Shipping is now inclusive in all packages. We know how much it sucks to be surprised by unexpected charges during the checkout process and we said, “Be gone with them”. Now, packages start at $42.50, which is a tremendous deal (actually cheaper than we had originally planned). During the month of March, free shipping will be offered, so be sure to sign up and tell your friends because this offer is only good until the 31st.

2) We have built a loyalty points system into the WineCollective, that rewards you for being a member. We will also be rewarding you further if you contribute your ideas, thoughts (commenting on the blog) and when you refer friends.

If you have any questions during your experience, please feel free to email us at cellar@winecollective.ca or give us a call as we would love to hear your from you.

Launch Party

Clear your calendars folks. As promised (and trust us, this is one of our favourite parts), we are going to be throwing a launch party later this month. We'll keep you posted on the details. Lastly, something to think about, for the member who has the most points and decides to come, there may be a special thank you waiting!

Looking forward to our first shipment in April, hope you are as well!