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Westside U Brew Newsletter- April 2014
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Hops & Vines

Serving the Okanagan since 1992
Wine Blending Made Easy April 2014
In This Issue
Top 5 Whites
Wine Blending
Wine Pairing Chart
Upcoming Event
The Three G's...
Gals, Grapes, and Glamour!
Red Wine Marinated Flank Steak

April Specials

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Top 5 Whites

Top 5 Whites

Great Wine is Yours
for the Making

Westside U Brew is proud to carry a wide selection of wine kits from Winexpert, the leading manufacturer of consumer winemaking products.

We cater to every taste and budget, from entry-level, value kits to the Ultra-Premium kits containing winery grape skins.

There are 4 levels of kits available, each successive one containing a higher ratio of fresh juice.

The more fresh juice, the more layers of flavour, the longer it takes to ferment which results in a better product.

Westside u Brew is pleased to offer wine kits from California, Italy, Chile, Spain, France, Germany, Australia, and South Africa - delicious wines with minimal additives that will put many a commercial bottle to shame.

Check our specialty wines (port, ice wine, sherry) as well.

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Hello to all and welcome home to all whom have had the pleasure of enjoying the winter away. We have had a busy winter researching what is new in our industry.

Wine Blending seems to be the new trend in restaurants/cafes and wine tasting rooms in the US. A process that as a winemaker can be complicated but as uvin consumers we can be thankful the pros have made the job easier for us. Check out or to see how easy it can be for you to do at home.

Meet Rose We would like to welcome a new member
of staff here at Westside U Brew Hops and Vines. Meet Rose Gunoff. Rose has been living and making wine at home for some 20+ years. Be sure to say hello and see how she is doing.

It's time to think Golf, Gardening, BBQ season and company here in the Okanagan. Are you prepared? Come on in and see us we would be happy to help you choose a wine or beer.

Deb & Gord Craig - please visit our website


Deb & Gord

Deb & Gord Craig

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"It is always a fun and enjoyable experience to go in and bottle your products, everything is clean, there is always a helping hand if needed and best of all the people are wonderful!"
Westside U Brew Hops & Vine
Wine Blending
Wine Blending
Wine Blending made easy at the home of Gord and Deb Craig with Rose, Clark, Cheryl, and Randy.

We had Italian Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer. Congratulations to Cheryl whose winning combination was 50% of both Italian Pinot Grigio and Viognier.
Wine Pairing Chart

Most food and wine experts believe that the most basic element of food and wine pairing is understanding the balance between the "weight" of the food and the weight (or body) of the wine.


Heavy, robust wines like Cabernet Sauvignon can overwhelm a light, delicate dish like a quiche while light bodied wines like Pinot Grigio would be similarly overwhelmed by a hearty stew. Beyond weight, flavors and textures can either be contrasted or complemented.

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Wine Pairing Chart
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Upcoming Event
The Three G's
Gals, Grapes, and Glamour!
Ladies Day 2012Please join
Westside u Brew Hops and Vines
along with

Some Wear in Time Consignment Haven
for a day of fun and education.
Fashion Show
Wine Tasting with Food Pairing
and speaker Lenore Riddell

Saturday, May 24th

Tickets are $25.00
With proceeds to go to the Women's Shelter.
Tickets can be purchased at Westside u Brew Hops & Vines
or Some Wear In Time Consignment Haven.
Red Wine Marinated Flank Steak
"Featuring Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir"

Flank steak is an excellent choice when looking to cook beef for a couple of reasons; It's very economical and extremely flavourful. The only thing to note when cooking flank steak is that it can be a tough cut of meat but that's where marinating comes into play. Marinating is used to break down some of the fibers of the meat and in order to achieve this, some sort of acidic base is required such as citrus juice, vinegar or wine. Marinating with wine imparts exceptional flavour and ensures a tender succulent outcome to this wonderful cut of meat.

Flank Steak Recipe:
1 flank steak, about 1 1/2 lbs
1 cup red wine
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar

1. Whisk all of the marinade ingredients together. Score the flank steak in a crisscross pattern on both sides.
2. Place the steak in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
3. Remove the steak from the marinade, pat dry and season with salt and pepper.
4. Preheat grill to high heat. Alternately, you can use an indoor grill pan or cast iron skillet. Lightly oil your grill. Place the steak onto the hot grill and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the steak and cook another 2-3 minutes.
5. Remove from the grill, cover the steak loosely with foil and allow to rest for about 6-8 minutes.
6. Cut the steak against the grain of the meat. Meaning that you'll see the grains of the meat running horizontally across the meat. Cut in the opposite direction of those grains.

Serves 4... More Recipes

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April Specials!

Australia's route to fame on the world wine stage, Shiraz from Down Under offers lush berry aromas that beg for a hearty whiff. A wine of ripe fullness, its concentrated blackberry fruits and fragrant spiciness are a delight on the tongue. It has the uncanny quality of allowing early consumption despite its complexity and bigness'. Robust and lively, Australian Shiraz is a savoury treat.
Sweetness: DRY | Body: MEDIUM | Oak Intensity: LIGHT
REGULAR $144.00

Medium-bodied with lightly fruity aroma, soft flavours and a velvety mouth-feel. Refreshing both as a sipping wine, and as a match with cream sauce dishes, light cheeses and delicate meats.
Sweetness: DRY | Body: LIGHT-MEDIUM | Oak Intensity: NONE
REGULAR $139.00

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OFFER VALID until April 30th, 2014
Choose 1 and get $10.00 off or
choose 2 and get $35.00 off
Remember to savour the flavour and drink responsibly!