Let’s be honest. We’re all really ready for full-time Spring!

We’re all really ready to say good bye to cold weather, fluctuating temps and cold wind. We’re ready to dig out the summer clothes and the flip flops and fire up the grill.

As much as we all enjoyed our roast turkeys and hams over Easter week, we really can’t wait to start thinking BBQ sauce, can we? We’re an impatient lot, we western Canadians.

We have a few suggestions that may help propel you toward frostbite freedom. With the weather outlook more positive this week (finally), we’re thinking “Look out BBQ season! Here we come.”

If you haven’t tried our Bumbleberry Fruit Wine with barbeque fare, then this month can be a whole new flavour experience for you. Our popular Bumbleberry is ultra-smooth, a medium fruit wine that is truly the best of the prairie flavours combined – saskatoon berries, raspberries, strawberries, and rhubarb.  It’s unique, but doesn’t sacrifice its wild berry flavours. Sound like the perfect marriage? It is!

Recommended weekend pairings? Beef burgers, Chicken Pizza, or Baby-Back Ribs.

And for a quick change-up, here’s our favourite Berry Barbeque Sauce recipe, excellent on all three…

Sensational-Saskatoon BBQ Sauce

2 cups frozen saskatoon berries

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp worcestershire sauce

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tbsp. chili powder  

2 tbsp. hot sauce

2 tbsp honey  

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft.  Add remaining ingredients and cook 20-25 minutes.  Use an immersion blender to pulse the sauce.

 

If you don’t have saskatoon berries, used frozen mixed berries.  Prairie berries are not only great in fruit wines…. they give everything the taste of summer !

And if you have never tried pizza on the barbeque before, here is a very easy version to get you started:

 

Grilled Barbeque Chicken Pizza

2 cups cubed cooked chicken (deli-rotisserie works great)

½ cup barbecue sauce

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 prepared pizza crust

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

¼ cup finely chopped red onion

¼ cup chopped green bell pepper

Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small bowl, combine chicken, barbecue sauce and chili powder; mix well. Spread evenly on pizza crust. Sprinkle with cheese, onion and bell pepper.  When grill is heated, place pizza directly on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until bottom of pizza is crisp and cheese is melted.

Yum!

So whatever strikes your BBQ fancy this coming weekend, pair it up with fruit wine.  Summer will seem like it’s right around the corner!  Can’t you hear the sizzle now?

 

On another note, we may not be used to April bringing us great weather, but we are used to April bringing us great Spring events. This year is no exception …

This coming weekend you will find us, for the very first time, at the Calgary Woman’s Show.  Yes, for two days at Calgary’s BMO Center, you can shop, visit, be entertained, and now also sip on some free wine samples. So grab a girlfriend and come on down!  You’ll find us at Booth L-3.  More information can be found at http://www.calgarywomansshow.com.

As an added bonus, we will be giving out free admission tickets to the show at Calgary Farmers Market this coming weekend.  Pick up any size purchase of a fruit or dessert wine this weekend, and we will throw in two tickets to the show – a $28 value.  Tickets are limited, however, so don’t delay.  We’re open Thursday to Sunday from 9-5 and our location is near the west door.

Ahoy, Black Currant fans! For those waiting for an update, here it is. Our brand new release of Black Currant Fruit Wine is getting closer and closer to that bottle and will be awaiting labelling very soon. The good news is that our “testing team” is sending back rave reviews. Fruity, flavourful, slightly drier, and beautifully balanced – we’ll be back in stock at Calgary Farmers Market before you know it.  Watch for updates on social media.

Finally, as the warm weather approaches, the outside work here at the orchard begins. During the next four weeks we will see 12,000 new strawberry plants put in the ground – two varieties this year!  Right now they are bound up in boxes, waiting patiently for the snow-covered field to show it’s dirt face… which we hope will be very, very soon.  Pictures to come on future social media!

Wine production will pause as we move into the summer months. All our wines are soon back in stock, coming soon to a summer market near you. We will be returning to several markets we attended last year, and are very excited about some new locations we plan to be a part of.  Next month’s newsletter will have all the details. Stay tuned!

It’s gonna be a great summer and we look forward to making 100% Alberta fruit wines a big part of your spring and summer enjoyment.

Happy April everyone!

 

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