How to Make Port

 by  Rick Homer History There are many styles of Port wine but they all start out the same way.  Port is a fortified wine that originated in the Douro valley in northern Portugal.  It is typically made with Red wine grapes but it can be made in a white style.  The best known red grape […]

Acid Additions through Bench Trials

 by Rick Homer   Background There is a growing trend for grape growers to leave the grapes hanging for extended periods of time to increase the aroma and flavour components in the resulting wine but this practice does leave the grapes with lower than ideal acid levels. There are many articles written on how to […]

Making Blackberry Port

In this article John Wrinch shares his method of producing his very flavourful blackberry port. In the past this wine has won medals in international competition and double gold medals in a Canadian competition. Selecting the blackberries A 325 mL bottle requires slightly more than one lb of blackberries. Therefore, to fill a 21 L […]

Making Oloroso Style Sherry Wine

Tony Pearson has generously provided this thumbnail sketch of methods that he uses to produced his sherry wine that in the past several years has garnered medals (including gold) in both the Provincial and Amateur Winemakers of Canada competitions. He describes sherry style wine production in your home cellar is a never ending project resulting […]

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 […]

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.  

Scott Labs Presentation

One of Saanich Sommeliers ongoing purposes is to provide winemaking education for its members as well and to share this winemaking education with its affiliated club Nanaimo Winemakers. On Wednesday evening April 26 at Sharon and Murray Bierd’s residence the club, hosted a presentation by Alan Marks, Technical Sales Representative of ScottLabs Canada from Kelowna […]