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 […]

2017 Sauvignon Blanc Crush

On Sept. 14, several intrepid Saanich Sommeliers were in Nanaimo to crush and press this year’s high quality Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Rob Cleave’s Okanagan vineyard. Nearly 7,000 lb. were crushed.  This is the first of several shipments of Okanagan grapes expected this fall. Thanks to our sister club – Nanaimo Winemakers – for coordinating […]

2017 Annual Picnic

The 2017 Saanich Sommeliers annual picnic was held July 30 in the vineyards and home of Arlene and Mike McInnis.  A beautiful setting for our event. Great wine, good food, games, and lots of fun with fellow winemakers created a day of sunny memories. Here are photos of the event provided by members Robin McNeil, […]

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 […]