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 […]

Octoberfest 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017 was an afternoon of fun and learning for Saanich Sommeliers Club Members.   Our group of 25 were treated to a personalized look at the CALEDONIAN BREWERY & DISTILLERY specially designed and  visitor friendly facility that is immersed in the history of handcrafted single malt whisky and craft beers.  We had […]