2017 Sauvignon Blanc Crush

On Sept. 14, several intrepid Saanich Sommeliers were in Nanaimo to crush and press this year’s high quality Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Rob Cleave’s Okanagan vineyard. Nearly 7,000 lb. were crushed.  This is the first of several shipments of Okanagan grapes expected this fall. Thanks to our sister club – Nanaimo Winemakers – for coordinating […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chardonnay Workshop

  Nanaimo Winemakers and Saanich Sommeliers Chardonnay Workshop Notes Colin Nicholson and Don Graham September 26 &27,   2015  A well stocked wine store usually has a good selection of Chardonnay wine reflecting the popularity of that wine with consumers. The Chardonnay grape is cultivated throughout the world’s wine growing regions and the characteristics or styles of […]

Cellar Ideas

Here are the photos of Ron’s gadgets & the descriptors as discussed in the November club meeting: Wine Barrel holder: Made of wood, with 4 castor wheels, the wine barrel moves easily in the wine room.         This tool is made of plastic hose with underground sprinkler parts and allows you to speed […]