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August 29th Peninsula Wine Fest

A new event being promoted by the Peninsula Flavour Trails!  The Anglican Parish of Central Saanich is organizing Peninsula Wine Fest on Saturday August 29th at St. Stephen's Anglican Church. This event is family and community oriented, and all of the proceeds will support community and youth programs.  We'll be there with the other Saanich wineries pouring [...]

July 1st Canada’s 150th Birthday

Oh Canada!  The party won't be loud but the celebration just as real as we enjoy the peace and quiet of our beautiful Saanich landscapes.  We'll release our young and lively Saanich grown 2016 Millot on Canada Day paired with a chocolate treat from Rogers.  Write a note or two or more in our yearly Canada Day scrapbook [...]

June 20th-21st Saanich Strawberries & Wine Festival 2015

Now expanded to two festival days Saturday & Sunday 11 - 6! Enjoy some time in the afternoons on our patios enjoying the vineyard views with a Symphony strawberry cocktail or a glass of our Rosé. There will be loads of fresh butter scones from Patisserie Daniel and several selections of our strawberry jams and [...]

Winery – time to bottle the vintage

Bottling took us 4 days this year with 5 people per shift.  If you remember from the last blog the wine had been pad filtered and racked to a clean tank after cold stabilization.   With caps, bottles, labels and most importantly wines ready to go,  we set up our bottling line in the barrel room.   First the bottled [...]

May 8th – Aromatics Tasting 7 – 8.30 p.m.

Evening tasting discussing aromatics in wine. This Friday May 8th 7 - 8.30. Explore the aromatics in wines both good (great florals, fruit and barrel aromatics), and bad (moldy, oxidized, airplane glue, nail polish, barnyard, sulfur). What does it mean? Very casual - come and have fun! $20 pp RSVP - seating limited

Farm Kitchen: Sour Cherry Rhubarb Chutney

We did a big batch of Sour Cherry Rhubarb Chutney a couple of days ago.  So good!  We harvest our sour cherries in August and make as much as we can then but we never have enough at the winery.  This is my favorite chutney partly because all the fruit comes from our farm.  We [...]

Winery – 13 skids of bottles arrive – yeah!

Our 13 skids of bottles arrived this week. It was a busy day as we had to rent a small truck to unload the big truck as the big one can't get down our driveway.  Last year it took the bigger truck 3 hours to get up the driveway and double that for us to [...]

Vineyard: most of the wood “pulled”

Done!  We (mainly Lamont) has "pulled" all the wood from our three vineyard and got it to the burnpiles.  As the term implies "pulled" means exactly that.  We take off one set of trellising wires and hook them to the bottom of the end posts.   Lamont makes the cuts for wood to keep,  and wood to [...]

Winery: checking residual sugar levels

After checking alcohol levels of the wine (which we need to put on our labels) it is time to check other parameters again like the pH, TA (total acidity), and residual sugar.  We have a very simple method for testing residual sugar.  Do you recognize the bottle of clinitest tablets?   They used to use these for checking [...]

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