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 […]

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. […]