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 […]

Grape Crush – Fall 2015

  On a rainy November 17, members of the Saanich Sommeliers and the Nanaimo Winemakers participated in the last joint grape crush for 2015.  During October-November, over 40,000 pounds of premium vineyard grapes were received, crushed & destemmed, and distributed to participating members. Grapes were sourced from selected vineyards located in the south Okanagan region of BC. […]

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 […]