Continuing on the Wine Trail, part 4

with Rick and Mary Homer   OUR BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO WINE EXPERIENCE: For those of you unfamiliar with Brunello, you may be interested to know:  Brunello di Montalcino is a red DOCG Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 80 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. […]

Continuing on the Wine Trail, part 3

with Rick and Mary Homer Part 3 As we continued our drive winding through the Chianti region, the third winery we visited was: AZIENDA AGRICOLA ALTIERO Via San Cresci 58 – Loc. Montefioralle 50022 Greve, Chianti Italy Tel: +39 055 853780 E-mail: Website: Altiero in Chianti is another smaller family-run winery. Paolo Baldini […]

Continuing on the Wine Trail, part 2

…with Rick and Mary Homer   As we continued our drive winding through the Chianti region, the second winery we visited was: AZIENDA AGRICOLA MONTEFIORALLE Via Montefioralle 49 Greve, Chianti, 50022 Italy tel: +39 055 853 538 E-mail: Website: Azienda Agricola Montefioralle is a small family-run Chianti Classico winery. The vineyards, the […]

Best in class 2015 Bordeaux style Wine

by Darrel Hopper This 2015 Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend was judged a Gold Medal and Best in Class at the 2018 Saanich Sommeliers wine competition. Following is the method used: SOURCING GOOD GRAPES My first rule is to always purchase the best grapes that I can afford.  In winemaking one cannot create a quality wine that […]

Yeast and its Importance to Wine Aroma and Flavour

The following presentation was given by Rick Homer at the June 2018  Saanich  Sommeliers Club meeting .   The most mysterious aspect of wine is the endless variety of flavours that stem from a complex system of interactions among many hundreds of compounds. In its widest sense, wine flavour refers to the overall impression of […]

Wine Trails – Vigna Maggio

Rick Homer and I were recently in the Chianti region of Italy where we had the fortunate opportunty to taste some of the Chianti region’s better wines. Our first stop on this adventure was to: VIGNA MAGGIO Via Petriolo 5, Greve in Chianti, 50022 Tel: +39 055 854661 website: Vigna Maggio is a large […]

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 […]