Management of Reductive Odours in Wine

Management of Reductive Odours in Wine   Reductive odours during fermentation can damage a wine with otherwise good potential. For that reason frequent daily monitoring of fermenting juice or must for detection of off-odours is justified, particularly near the end of fermentation. Measures that can be taken when reductive odours are detected: A         A simple […]

Pinot Gris Harvest 2019

 Friends, family and of course Sannich Sommelier members were gathered on October 9th 2019 to harvest Pinot Gris grapes at Quails Crossing and Symphony Vineyards.  Many hands make light work, and beautiful sunny weather made it very enjoyable.  To top it off  everyone was spoiled  with a tasty lunch and some of Symphony’s finest wines. […]

SO2 Analysis Using Vinmetrica SC-100 Device

Vinmetrica SC-100  SO2 analysis SO2 analysis of wine using the Vinmetrica SC-!00/300 and the SO2 test kit is easy and provides accurate information to the winemaker concerning free SO2 levels in both red and white wines. Tests are  quite affordable.   The factors of affordability and accuracy provide freedom to the winemaker to test for free […]

YAN Analysis Using Vinmetrica Test Kit

Vinmetrica YAN test kit The value of the test is that it can be completed as a sequentially step following pH and TA measurement of must or juice using a common pH pen and 0.133M NaOH solution for TA titration.  No special equipment is required other than the pH pen but it does require attention […]

2019 Club Competition

The Saanich Sommeliers hosted a great wine competition in January of 2019. With 134 entries from 5 wine-making clubs in BC, judges evaluated some amazing wine and awarded 108 medals (10 Gold, 47 Silver and 51 Bronze). Check out the results of the competition here – And congratulations to all medal winners! After the judging, […]

Four methods of assessing completion of malolactic fermentation

  This article addresses determination of completion of malolactic fermentation (MLF) for amateur winemakers and was compiled from information provided at a Saanich Sommeliers workshop in November of 2018. The primary presenter was Dr. Sandy Kirk but others present contributed.  Apart from the workshop another source of information is cited below. Introduction Malolactic fermentation is […]

White bean soup with fried sage

Recipe courtesy of Mike and Arlene Mcinnes Ingredients 10 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 oz slab bacon, not too smoky, cut into four large chunks 2 onions, peeled and sliced thin Salt and freshly ground pepper 3 bulbs of fennel, sliced (about 4 cups) 3 cups dried white beans, soaked overnight in cold water […]