Just a little reminder to try and keep your skills up. We haven’t been able to meet for a long time, but I hope you are trying new wines/different wines at home and remembering to score them when you do.  There is a score sheet posted on the web site if you need one.

Important Schedule Update

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 [2]

March Rhone Flight

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.

February’s Notes

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!

Notes for December’s Session

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.

October Other Dry Red

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.

September 2019 – A New Year Begins

Greetings all and welcome to a new year. The September session features cabernet sauvignon and Roger Ford (Mainland chapter) has put together an excellent program. You do not want to miss this one. The notes will be posted to the web site shortly.

Web Page Update

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.

Cheers everyone,