It's Time for a Glass of Wine
It’s the dog days of summer. The weather is hot, the kids are bored and tempers can fray. I’ve always found that that’s a perfect time for a glass of wine. Maybe not for the kids, but … you get the drift. In any case I thought I’d switch it up a little this week and offer something completely golf unrelated – except for after the round, of course.
We’ve gone a little wine mad around the clubhouse this summer. There’s our Nine and Dine and Wine which happens every Saturday (click here for the details). We also presented our first Wine Makers Dinner on July 21 featuring Sandhill Winery and sommelier Mike Sly.
As a prelude to our next Wine Makers Dinner on Saturday August 25th (see below for details) and in honour of our love of all things local, I asked Grant (our restaurant manager for those who haven’t bumped into the jovial fellow) to recommend a few of his favourite Vancouver Island fermenters. He was happy to do so and even included a few of his favourite offerings from those hallowed institutions.
Grant’s Favourite Island Wineries (in no particular order...)
11195 Chalet Road
N. Saanich, BC V8L 5M1
From the website:
Jane & Peter Ellmann bought 10-year-old Chalet Estate Winery in 2008. With years of hospitality, food & beverage savvy betwixt them, the dynamic duo had found their dream. Peter’s homage to Jane, his life’s inspiration, was to rename the winery MUSE.
Muse grows grapes under the warm sun of the Saanich Peninsula, north of Victoria. We select grapes from notable vineyards in other regions of Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and the Okanagan Valley. This fine collection of high quality grapes from varying BC appellations blend, sing and dance together to create exceptional varietals with character, poise and vivacity.
Grant Recommends: Fumé Blanc
Vigneti Zanatta Winery and Vineyard
5039 Marshall Rd
Duncan, B.C. V9L 6S3
Telephone: (250) 748-2338
From the Website:
Located on Vancouver Island in the Cowichan Valley, our winery is part of a 120 acre farm. With 30 acres in vines, the remainder of the farm is in pasture, hay fields, forest and old fruit orchards. Using only the fruit from our own Glenora vineyards we are able to produce wines that truly reflect the character of Vancouver Island and of our particular site.
Producing since 1990, our original 5 acres (planted in 1986) has grown to 30 acres and includes Ortega, Cayuga, Auxerrois, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero and Madeleine X Sylvaner as our main varieties. There are at least 30 different varieties on site for experimental purposes or for limited specialty wines (varieties such as Castel, Leon Millot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Siegerrebe...).
Cherry Point Estate Winery
840 Cherry Point Road
Cowichan Valley, BC V0R 1L3
From the website:
The vineyard at Cherry Point was established in 1990 when the founders purchased 34 acres on a former mink ranch a few miles south of Cowichan Bay. Since wine-growing was still new on Vancouver Island they planted the vineyard with several grape varieties, for nobody really knew which grapes suited the island's soil and climate. After the grape trials, Cherry Point Estate Wines became one of the first licensed wineries on Vancouver Island in 1994.
The vineyard is planted on a glacial moraine, a gravel and stony hill rich in minerals on top of the surrounding clay countryside. White round stones that lay exposed under the vines retain and reflect the sun's heat and help to ripen the fruit long after the sun sets. The grapevines thrive in the gravel and sandy soil, an open soil they can get their roots down deep into, searching for water and nutrients. A large pond nearby catches the winter rain as it runs down the vineyard's sloping hill and the mineral enriched water is judiciously irrigated back onto the vines when they need it in the summer.
Grant Recommends: Blackberry Port
4235 Vineyard Road
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L5
From the website:
Here you will find purists. No pesticides or herbicides. No compromise in the vineyard or winery. Just a commitment to producing wines uniquely expressive of our site and of our personalities.
The vineyard was established in 1988 with five acres on a gentle south slope planted to meticulously tended vinifera grape varieties, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Auxerrois, Madeleine Sylvaner, Siegerrebe, Schönburger, Ortega and Kerner, all protected from predators (deer, bear, raccoons, rabbits and birds) by specialty fencing and overhead bird netting.
Grant Recommends: Brandenburg #3 Dessert Wine
Cordova Bay Golf Course and Bill Mattick’s Restaurant Proudly Presents Our 2nd Wine Makers Dinner on Satuday August 25th
Join us for 9 holes of golf, a fabulous 4-course dinner & wine pairings from Sumac Ridge Estate Winery.
Or just come for the food & wine.
Seating is limited!
For more information or to book a reservation email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also book by phone at: (250) 658-4444 or in person in the Pro Shop
Click here for full details