So we got a new tank for Black Cloud and, like last time, we’re having a name that tank contest. Winner gets wine, so does the runner up! Honourable mention gets a coupon at our store.
Previous tanks were named: Tin Lizzy and P. No. Diddy.
- it’s made in Italy
- It holds 1100 liters to the brim but four barrels worth comfortably
- It’s a flat bottom storage tank with a tripod pedestal.
- It has a clean out valve, a racking valve and a sampling valve.
- It’s variable capacity. The lid can be lowered to the surface of the wine and sealed in place with an inflatable gasket with a handpump.
- It’s made of stainless steel.
We don’t have a lot of “sales” in the traditional retail sense but we do like to reward our customers and attract new ones who really enjoy their Pinot Noir.
Yup, that’s all we make. This year has been excellent and the new harvest is looking exceptional. We’ve moved our administration offices and our production scene and there’s plenty more change on the way. We’re celebrating and giving everybody a chance to stock up their cellars with Black Cloud by knocking 20% off their order.
You can order through our online store at www.blackcloudwine.ca ,call us at the office (number below), or track us down in person! Use coupon code TAKE20
This is a good time to start thinking gift giving (how about a magnum of Altostratus?) and getting hold of some your favourite vintages before they run out.
Remember, Cloudy Club members get additional savings with this offer. To become a member, just go to the www.blackcloud.ca site and subscribe to one of the 3, 6 or 12 bottle packages that we deliver three times a year.
If you’re in Penticton, why not drop by the Cannery Trade Centre and visit our new offices? We’d love to see you but do call first as we’re open by appointment or by chance during the fall and winter months. The number is 778.476.1655
A nation rich in wine history and tradition – also a nation where most people don’t know much about their national drink. Does that limit their enjoyment?
Originally posted on SB's Wine Blog:
The results of a big study about wine were released today, with much chagrin…it seems they surveyed people in France regarding how much knowledge they actually had about wine. And – zut alors! – over 60% didn’t know very much at all! The French were devastated by the news!
But after my chuckle, I thought…hold on…does it really matter how much you know about wine? Can’t you just enjoy it?
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized the answer was…you don’t need to know anything at all. Just what you like!
I mean, let’s think about it for a minute. Why does it matter?
“Enjoyment” doesn’t require knowledge…except of whether you are actually enjoying something or not, and that is an emotion.
Is it Cabernet or Merlot? Is it tannic or not? Will it age? Is it a Grand Cru or VQA? Really…who cares if you…
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We know it’s short notice but we thought we’d tell you that Black Cloud is being featured at two locations this weekend.
Friday night we’re at Denman’s Wine & Spirits starting at 4:30
Sunday find us at Darby’s Liquor store starting at 4 pm
Drop into either location to try our unmatched Pinot Noir. We’re pouring the 2012 Fleuvage and the 2013 Red Sky rosé.
For immediate release, July 23/2014
Suggested tweet: Unmatched Black Cloud #pinotnoir from @blackcloudwine moves to @winespiration with winemaker @bradinator. #bcwine
PENTICTON, BC: Okanagan winemaker Bradley Cooper is making a move down the Naramata bench, and bringing his unmatched Pinot Noir, Black Cloud, to a new spot.
After nine vintages with Township 7, Cooper will soon join Serendipity Winery to enhance its portfolio of award-winning BC wines, and production of Black Cloud will move with him. “We started Black Cloud six years ago with less than 500 cases, and our Pinot will continue to be a small production,” says Cooper. “We’re excited to keep it in Naramata and I am looking forward to having a new home for our Pinot at Serendipity.”
The 2008, 2009, and 2010 vintages of Black Cloud’s Altostratus, a new world style elegant Pinot Noir, are available through the Cloudy Day (www.blackcloud.ca) wine club, along with the 2012 Fleuvage, a light-bodied Pinot from an exceptional growing season. Two vintages of Red Sky, a lively rosé, are sold out.
Black Cloud is exclusively Pinot Noir, with grapes sourced entirely in the Okanagan. As Cooper joins Serendipity as its winemaker, Black Cloud will remain a private label, managed by himself and his partner Audralee Daum, with its production at Serendipity.
Cloudy Day Wine Club members will continue to have first access to Black Cloud releases, with limited bottles available elsewhere, including private wine stores and restaurants. As a small producer, Black Cloud joins a number of other smaller wineries and wine clubs at Garagiste North: Small Guys Wine Festival on September 14, a new event on the BC wine circuit, focussed on “garagiste” style wines, a phrase coined in France for small, risk-taking producers. “We’re proud to be all Pinot, and Black Cloud will always be a small lot,” says Cooper. “Serendipity is graciously supporting our label, and I look forward to future vintages as their winemaker.”
Cooper has spent the last decade producing critically-recognized BC wine, both reds and whites, at Township 7, and has provided winemaking expertise to Fort Berens Estate Winery in Lilllooet, The McWatters Collection , Time Estate Winery and Bonitas Winery in the Okanagan, among others. He began his winemaking career with Hawthorne Mountain, now See Ya Later Ranch, in the 1990s, and will continue to advise Township 7 through the upcoming harvest.
Black Cloud is currently renovating an administration space, set to open later this summer, in Penticton’s historic Cannery Trade Centre.
*** For more information:
Bradley Cooper, Winemaker/Partner
Black Cloud/Daum Cooper Winery Services Ltd.
Allison Markin All She Wrote Consulting
We’re bringing out all our new releases for a private tasting on May 2 and you’re invited.
Starting at 5 on that Friday we’ll be pouring the Pinot at CoWork Penticton. On deck will be:
- 2011 Altostratus
- 2012 Fleuvage
- 2013 RED SKY rosé
In addition, we’ll crack a few older vintages to check how they are evolving and enjoy some delicious food. There’s an opportunity to win some great prizes as well.
There’s no charge for this event and we encourage you to bring a friend. Everyone in attendance will qualify for a 20% discount on their purchases.
Please RSVP on our Facebook event page linked here.
We’re heading to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of BC over the next couple weeks to debut our new RED SKY release. The 2013 RED SKY rosé is the big news – a fresh and lively addition to your patio or festive table and, of course, 100% Pinot Noir. We’ll also have our Altostratus and Fleuvage on hand and you will have an opportunity to taste these 2010 vintages just to see how each evolves in the bottle and to explore the vintage characteristics.
Friday April 4th -
Sheraton Wall Centre Fine Spirits
1075 Hornby Street
4 to 7 pm
A new place for us. Our first time pouring there!
Saturday, April 5
1450 SW Marine Drive
3 to 7 pm
Sunday, April 6th
2752 West Broadway Vancouver BC
Canada V6K 2G4
2 to 5 pm
We’re pleased to return to one of the finest shops in the city and one of the first merchants to support our fledgling enterprise many years ago.
Thursday, April 10
100-1900 N. Parallel Rd.
Abbotsford, BC V3G 2C6
4 – 6 pm
Looking forward to seeing our fans in the valley!
Friday, April 11
3122 Mt. Lehman Road
4 – 6 pm
Another new store now carrying Black Cloud.
Saturday, April 12
103 – 15250
Highway #10, Surrey BC
Returning to the old home town for some Pinot Noir liquid love.
Sunday, April 13
20169 – 88th Avenue Langley, BC
2:30to 5:30 pm