Hello Guild Members – after consulting with the chapters and executive, I have decided the Guild tasting sessions for March and April are canceled. Please do not attend.
The purpose of all the cancellations going on now due to the COVID-19 are to prevent its spread. Gatherings of just about any size can inadvertently spread this easily transmitted virus. What is different about this one is while most people recover, it is very easily spread and is very significant for some people who do get it.
The March tasting was to be Rhone wines and they have already been delivered to the chapters. Can the chapter people please keep those wines appropriately stored.
My hope is that we can resume normal operations in May with the Rhone tasting. June is the AGM hosted by Mainland and is Sparkling. We will then have Victoria do the Chardonnay that was scheduled for April in September and Nanaimo the Bordeaux tasting that was scheduled for May in October. We can then resume the normal rotation with November and a new plan.
Attached is the revised schedule for this year.
Thank you all for your understanding and good health.
2019 – 2020 Tasting Education Schedule – Revised 
The notes for the March Rhone Flight have been posted. Thanks to Axel Kroitzsch and Rino Genzale for putting together what promises to be a very interesting flight.
Thanks to Jordan Muller of the Victoria chapter for preparing the January pinot noir session. The notes have been posted.
Hats off to Don Gillingham and Peter Huyghebaert for submitting the notes for February’s Other Dry White (C4) flight which will feature Sauvignon Blanc. Well done, guys!
Axel Kroitzsch of the Mainland Chapter has prepared an excellent flight for December’s After Dinner flight. There will be several surprises and lots to learn for everyone. You do not want to miss this session. The notes have been posted.
Trevor Curtis, from the Victoria chapter, has done an excellent job preparing the notes for the October session. Be sure to pay attention to his advice on judging a challenging class such as E6 – Other Dry Red.
Our Guild Web page has been updated with a second heading under “Preparing a Flight”. Now in addition to “Template” there is also “Presenters Duties”.
It was actually already there, buried in the Handbook listed under “Resources”, which is password protected.
Thanks to Mary and Rick Homer for pointing this out. It is now much easier to find. Check it out and remind others preparing flights to read it well in advance.
In addition, I have just received the notes for March’s Country Wine flight and they have been posted to the web. Please have a read and print them out. Thanks to Carol Fornelli and Peter Huyghebaert from Nanaimo for putting this one together.
Looking outside the window, there is no mistaking that it really is winter and that we are halfway through our ‘wine’ year. The January Sparkling flight that I put together certainly proved to be an interesting one if nothing else. I hope it exposed people to some styles they might not have encountered before. Keep on drinking sparkling wines, they are not JUST for special occasions.
Join me is a shout out to Victoria’s Trevor Curtis for the excellent set of After Dinner notes he has prepared for our February session. Be sure to read them. They have been posted to the web. I really appreciated the links he included. Thanks to Rick Homer for mentoring Trevor.
For March, Carol Fornelli from Nanaimo is designing a Country Wine (non-grape) flight. This is a class many are not familiar with so you won’t want to miss it. There are a lot of new and exciting things that have happened since we last sampled these wines.
Finally, you will soon see information about our June AGM in Nanaimo as well as a request for people to get involved on the executive. It is always healthiest when we have some people staying on in their positions as well as some new faces so that things carry on smoothly. It is tough when everyone leaves at once and no one knows how things function so a gradual change is the best. Please consider putting your name forward when asked and doing your part to keep our organization running smoothly.