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 […]

Gravlax

Gravlax is a Nordic dish often served as an appetizer. Makes 8 servings Ingredients: 3 tsp brown sugar 3 tsp coarse salt 1 tsp cracked peppercorns 2 tbsp crushed coriander seeds or dill 1 tbsp orange zest 3tsp lemon zest or lime zest 500 g thick slice of salmon fillet, skin off (Salmon must be […]

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 […]

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 […]

Creamy Mushroom Tarts

from Marg Best 3 Tbsp fresh shallots, finely chopped 4 Tbsp butter 1/2 lb mushrooms finely chopped (pulse with food processor until fine) 2 Tbsp flour 1 cup whipping cream 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp lemon juice 3 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley 2 Tbsp chopped chives 2-3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese   Melt butter in frying […]

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 […]