Octoberfest 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017 was an afternoon of fun and learning for Saanich Sommeliers Club Members.   Our group of 25 were treated to a personalized look at the CALEDONIAN BREWERY & DISTILLERY specially designed and  visitor friendly facility that is immersed in the history of handcrafted single malt whisky and craft beers.  We had […]

Annual Picnic 2017

The 2017 Saanich Sommeliers annual picnic was held July 30 in the vineyards and home of Arlene and Mike McInnis. A beautiful setting for our event. Great wine, good food, games, and lots of fun with fellow winemakers created a day of sunny memories. Here are photos of the event provided by members Robin McNeil, […]

2017 Grape Crush

Crush season is here again, starting with Sauvignon Blanc from Rob Cleave in the Okanagan. The weather was perfect and the grapes bursting with flavour.  4,000 lbs. were processed. This is the first of several deliveries that will be crushed this Fall, as grape varietals ripen at different times.    Our club partners with the […]

2016 Grape Harvest – Symphony Vineyard

Team work, laughter, pruning shears, delicious food and outstanding wine. Got the job done! A successful day at Symphony Vineyard with volunteers from Saanich Sommeliers helping to pick Symphony’s excellent Pinot Gris grapes right here on Vancouver Island. Club members also purchased 1500 pounds of the harvest are now working independently with their crush from […]

Special Yeast Reduces Alcohol; Improves Wine

WASHINGTON, DC – January 16, 2014 – A team of Australian researchers has taken a giant step towards controlling a growing problem in the wine community. They have identified special yeast that produce a lower level of alcohol, helping to preserve the flavor. Their research is published ahead of print in the journal Applied and […]