Pinot Gris Harvest 2019

 Friends, family and of course Sannich Sommelier members were gathered on October 9th 2019 to harvest Pinot Gris grapes at Quails Crossing and Symphony Vineyards.  Many hands make light work, and beautiful sunny weather made it very enjoyable.  To top it off  everyone was spoiled  with a tasty lunch and some of Symphony’s finest wines. […]

2019 Club Competition

The Saanich Sommeliers hosted a great wine competition in January of 2019. With 134 entries from 5 wine-making clubs in BC, judges evaluated some amazing wine and awarded 108 medals (10 Gold, 47 Silver and 51 Bronze). Check out the results of the competition here – And congratulations to all medal winners! After the judging, […]

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, […]

Cowichan Valley Wines

31 Saanich Sommeliers members and friends spent a lovely Sunday visiting 3 wineries in the Cowichan valley south of Duncan.  We had a great day with excellent tours and tastings – congratulations to all involved in the organization. The following gallery has a few photos to commemorate the day.  

Saanich Sommeliers Summer Lamb Roast

On a sunny evening of August 24, 2016 the Saanich Sommeliers enjoyed a whole lamb roast and potluck dinner at Starling Lane Vineyards to celebrate summer. Over 40 members and guests attended.  Thanks to Jackie and John Wrinch for graciously hosting the event at their beautiful property.  Photos courtesy of Leanna Rathkelly. Click photos to […]

Oktoberfest 2015 Event

On October 6th, the Saanich Sommeliers were treated to a tasting and tour of the Vancouver Island Brewery. Terri Irmscher coordinated the event and brew master, Patrick Leuders, took the group on the tour through the facility – explaining the beer-making process from the crushing of the malt through to bottling.  The beer was fantastic […]

Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

While in Kelowna during the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival I attended a special event entitled All You Need is Cheese . . . and some Wine!  Organized by the Dairy Farmers of Canada, who joined forces with the Okanagan wineries, the focus was to present Canadian cheeses paired with Okanagan wines. Upon arrival, the venue […]

Sommeliers Food & Wine Pairing

Thirty-five Saanich Sommelier members gathered at the home of Marg and Don Best on May 12, 2015 to sample an extraordinary selection of wines paired with delicious dishes prepared by Marg.  Each wine was carefully chosen to complement and enhance the flavours of the dishes served, providing an exceptional evening of fun and learning. The pairings […]