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Marley Farm Winery launched two ‘artisan vinegars’ week, the first in a series of four to be released this spring. Hand-crafted by winemaker Eric von Krosigk, vinegars receive as much care and attention as Marley Farm wine and artfully capture a variety of unique and subtle fruit flavors. And in the spirit of artistic creation, Marley Farm Vinegar labels feature an original work of art that captures the imagination and whimsy of the nine-year-old artist.

“We felt this piece really captured the spirit of our vinegars,” says Mike Marley, owner. “Like an artist, we’re particular about the finished product. Because we’ll release no vinegar before it’s time we have held two for release later this spring. It’s worth the short wait.”

Flavors currently available include Kiwi, a fresh, crisp vinegar, perfect for splashing on salads while blueberry, a fruity vinegar with a hint of spice, makes an excellent marinade. Peach and bumbleberry vinegars will be released at the end of March. All vinegars begin as one year old Marley Farm wine and spend some time in old French oak barrels before they are hand-bottled. Winery visitors are encouraged to taste the vinegars as well as the wines. “People are surprised at how subtle the vinegars are,” says Marley.

The vinegar labels feature the art of Jessica Pollard, age nine, a student of Michelle Miller. Art students were asked to submit a drawing for the vinegar labels and the variety of imaginative submissions made choosing one a difficult task. A piece by Nathen Hanovsek, also age nine, was chosen for the Gold Series, Marley Farm’s line of dessert wines.

Marley Farm vinegars are sold in 375ml bottles for $11.90 and are available at Marley Farm Winery. Recipes and suggested uses are posted with the vinegars. See for details on Marley Farm wines and vinegars.

Marley Farm Winery, the only fruit winery on Vancouver Island, is a family-run boutique winery located on a working farm at 1831D Mt. Newton Cross Road. The winery’s first harvest was in 2002 and the first estate wines were released in 2003. Marley Farm Winery is open Tuesday to Friday from 1 – 5PM and Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM. Beginning May 1 Marley Farm Winery is open seven days a week from 11AM to 6PM.