Laboratory Session 1 Initial Measurements with Dr. Sandy Kirk

  Laboratory Session 1 Pre-Fermentation, getting the numbers right September 11, 2018   1. Understanding potential variability in results when drawing and preparing a sample for testing: a) Timing of sampling and duration of grape skin exposure before sampling. Should be done after all maceration is complete as pH and  (TA Titratable Acidity) change during […]

Continuing on the Wine Trail, part 5

with Rick and Mary Homer OUR BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO WINE EXPERIENCE CONTINUES: PODERE LE RIPI (Montalcino) (www.podereleripi.it) (tel:  +39 0577 835641)   It is truly an adventure (and at times a little scary) getting to this winery . . .  but if you have the chance to get there, you should!  Please be sure to phone […]

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: info@altieroinchianti.it Website: http://www.altieroinchianti.it/contacts/ 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: info@montefioralle.wine Website: www.montefioralle.wine Facebook.com/montefioralle 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 […]