Dec. Sat 3rd/Sun 4th Holiday Cheer

December 2nd, 2016|

Join us Saturday December 3rd and 4th from noon until 5 p.m. :  cozy up to a warm glass of our spiced Foch and enjoy browsing our tables filled with local craft.  Complimentary tastings of our newly released 2015 Foch and 2015 Pinot Noir.  These wines are perfect pairings for a chilly winter evening and […]

Wine Islands Conference April 8/9

April 13th, 2016|

If you are interested in our island wine industry and I’m guessing you are if you are reading this blog there are organizations that you don’t want to miss exploring!  We are just home from the Wine Islands Growers Association Conference this year held at the Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay.  The first day was spent tasting tank samples of island red […]

Winery – new vintage and new label!

March 28th, 2016|

Here’s the full line up of the new vintage! The new label really stands out and we are liking that (thanks Sherry!). Our 2015 Ortega, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Gris (barrel aged) and Pinot Noir Rosé will be available April 30th at the winery

Winery – Happy Easter! Enjoy the holiday

March 25th, 2016|

Hoping everyone had a great winter! As we’d hoped we did have a long winter’s nap: we spent some time wandering in Asia but mainly enjoyed time with family and friends and enjoying the quiet of Saanich. Since early February we’ve been finishing and bottling 1200 cases and we have nearly finished pruning our 4.5 […]

Winery – try your hand at grapevine wreaths

December 5th, 2015|

Join us at the winery on this blustery winter day and try our newly released reds. Our 2014 Pinot Noir and 2014 Foch goes on sale today – such a great year for island reds! We also have a big selection of our 100% Saanich grown wines, jams and chutney on hand all delightfully gift […]

Winery – 2014 Pinot Noir and 2014 Foch Release

December 2nd, 2015|

We are really happy with our 100% Saanich grown reds!  Mother nature gave us some wonderful ripe fruit in 2014 – it’s not every year we feel we can make a good red burgundy so we think this deserves attention!  Both wines are $18.17 a bottle pretax and if you buy a case that’s only $16.72 a bottle pretax – we think that is […]

Winery – Happy Thanksgiving!

October 11th, 2015|

Happy Thanksgiving!  We are grateful for our good harvest, now largely tucked into tanks and barrels happily under ferment.  As shown in the photo we are enjoying the splashes of color of Thelma’s harvest of her garden too!  Thanks to all who came out this weekend to taste, chat a while and stock up on wine for the fall.  […]

Winery – getting messy on the press!

September 21st, 2015|

Press day makes a huge mess of the equipment,  and the crush pad (large concrete pad behind the winery where we process the fruit/must/wine) – especially when doing our deeply colored Foch and Millot.  We don’t ferment these reds to dryness before pressing off.  From the white bins we pump the must into our press to a point […]

Winery – growing the yeast

September 18th, 2015|

We pitched the yeast in the bins of Foch and Millot a day after harvest.  The fruit was at a nice temperature of about 19 ºC and we started the yeasts at 35ºC and gradually brought them down to within 5ºC by gradually adding must (mix of juice, seeds and skins).  By evening they were active […]

Winery – getting ready for harvest

September 10th, 2015|

Syl takes on the big job of powerwashing all the bins to ready for harvest.  Tanks are taken out of storage and scrubbed down too!